This story makes me laugh. Being a conspiracy theorist, this whole deal is rather small. If what I currently understand about the contracting of tapped phone calls is true, the british company that the NSA contracts with, monitors all phone calls in the US.
But, to the topic at hand, not my crazy delusions.
I feel that the press should never decieve the public. To define deception in my mind, I believe deception to be lying and making up information. If the media has highly sensative information, it's better for them to just not say anything than to lie about it.
The White House must have presented the NY Times with some solid evidence to keep them from printing this story. I hope that they did, because this is big news. The whole situation is a repeat of the Pentagon Papers, and I think it is respectable that they worked together instead of taking it to court. So I stand by the NY Times, and I think they had good reasons to hold the article for a tear.