Before I tell you the story, I have to tell you this other story. And by "tell you" I mean copy/paste part of a Wikipedia entry about a famous bit of science fiction lore from the 1940s:
[By March 8, 1944, Cleve Cartmill's story 'Deadline'] had come to the attention of the Counterintelligence Corps, who saw many similarities between the technical details in the story and the research currently being undertaken in great secrecy at Los Alamos. Gregory Benford describes the incident as told him by Edward Teller in his autobiographical essay, "Old Legends"Fearing a security breach, the FBI began an investigation into Cartmill, Campbell, and some of their acquaintances (including Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein). It appears that the authorities eventually accepted the explanation that the story's material had been gleaned from unclassified sources, but as a precautionary measure they requested that Campbell should not publish any further stories about nuclear technology for the remainder of the war.Campbell, in the meantime, had guessed from the number of Astounding subscribers who had suddenly moved to the Los Alamos area, that the US government probably had some sort of technical or scientific project ongoing there. He declined to volunteer this information to the FBI.
Moral of the story: A reasonably bright person with a decent imagination who pays close attention to the available literature can suss out a remarkable level of detail about almost any topic, even when that topic is a tightly guarded secret. Because facts and logic are what they are, and if one is careful to construct a series of simple inferences each based on the previous one, it is amazing what a humble citizen of the realm with no special access to secret information can figure out.
Still, even when a world-famous consulting political detective such as myself has woven together a coherent and tightly logical series of deductions about exactly why our political media is so (as Holmes put it so eloquently in the Case of The Giant Sumatran Rat Fucker) fucked-in-the-head, it is very gratifying to have someone from inside the game poke their head outside and say, yep, that is indeed exactly how this shit goes down.
Thanks to Alert Reader "MD" for pointing this out to me: the Keepin' it 1600 podcast (which is interesting in and of itself) does a long form interview with former CNN Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, Jessica Yellin.
The fun begin at around the 39:22 minute mark...