Arkansas GOP Congressional Candidate Advocated Jailing New York Times Reporters

Mother Jones’ Nick Baumann reports today on the Republican candidate who could well become the next congressman from Arkansas’ 4th District. In 2006 when he was an Army lieutenant serving in Iraq, Tom Cotton wrote an open letter calling for the prosecution and imprisonment of two New York Times’ reporters who had just broken a major story about the Treasury Department’s program tracking terrorist financing. The reporters, Eric Lichtblau and James Risen, would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of that and other secret Bush administration programs, including warrantless wiretapping. Cotton blamed the Times for future deaths in Iraq and wrote, “By the time we return home, maybe you will be in your rightful place: not at the Pulitzer announcements, but behind bars.” Conservative pundits heaped praise on Cotton for his response, and are once again giving him their full-throated support as he campaigns to fill Democrat Mike Ross’s seat.