More hypocrisy and willful ignorance from the MSM
So the MSM is in a blather about the NSA website and cookies:
The Associated Press — The National Security Agency’s Internet site has been placing files on visitors’ computers that can track their Web surfing activity
These ominous files being placed on visitors’ computers? They’re called cookies. And you know who else puts cookies on their visitors’ computers? That’s right, the same MSM companies who are screaming about the NSA story.
A quick look at the cookies folder on my own computer this morning revealed cookies from: Houston Chronicle, CNN, KHOU, Austin American Statesman, Washington Post, Ny Times, MSNBC, AP.org, and FOX news. And that’s just a partial list.
Jeff Jarvis mocks the MSM, too:
This is getting ridiculous: The AP is treating the NSAâ€™s use of web cookies as if it is Big Brother spying. Theyâ€™re just cookies.
Ed Morrissey at Captain’s Quarters weighs in with this:
In the great spectrum of Internet privacy dangers, “persistent cookies” sits on the weakest end. Spyware from free downloads cause more security problems than cookies, and even the ones used by the NSA can be blocked by any browser on the market. The AP uses the mistake to make cookies sound vaguely sinister when they’re almost as ubiquitous on the Internet as pop-up ads, if not more so.
In a related story about the NSA, the Justice Department is beginning an investigation into the NSA story leak to the NY Times. Perhaps the Times ought to start worrying more about charges of treason than harmless cookies.