They, of course, don't know what they're doing. And they make the amateur's mistake: identifying the permanent bureaus of the government with independent Congressional mandates as part of the current administration (see first sentence of linked silliness), and this excerpt:
Amid the din, it's easy to forget the hits that the newspaper took in the first place: criticism from the political left over the decision to hold the story for more than a year and from the right over the decision to publish it at all. But the episode was critical in reflecting the media's shifting attitudes toward matters of national security—from believing the government to believing it less.
Hits. Realize the metaphor, and the self-importance.