It wasn't so long ago the nation's op-ed pages were filled with attacks on George W. Bush's shredding of the Constitution. So why are so many media liberals defending President Barack Obama's right to unilaterally identify and kill terrorists - including U.S. citizens - in the war on terror?

Drawing on the apologies penned by various journalists, Nick Gillespie argues that more than partisan flip-floppery is at work:

This isn't ultimately about ideological hypocrisy - of liberals changing their tune once their guy is in office - but something much more basic and much more disturbing. It reveals that for all their crowing about being watchdogs of all that is good and decent in society, when push comes to shove, too many journalists are ready and willing handmaidens to power - including the power to kill.