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Jill Abramson: 'This is the most secretive White House I have ever dealt with'
Politico ^ | January 23, 2014 | DYLAN BYERS

Posted on 01/24/2014 5:58:38 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says that President Obama's White House is the "most secretive White House" that she's covered during her long tenure as a political journalist.

"I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush's first term," Abramson told Al Jazeera America in an interview that will air on Sunday.

"I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations," she continued. "The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It's on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with."

The Times has been intimately involved with the government's crackdown on leaks, both before and during the Obama administration. James Risen, a Times reporter, is currently fighting to avoid having to testify against a former CIA official accused of being his source. According to Robert Gates's new memoir, Obama hadn't been in office more than a month before saying he wanted a criminal investigation into disclosures on Iran policy that had been published the Times.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: newyorktimes; obama; transparency; transparent; whitehouse

1 posted on 01/24/2014 5:58:39 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Finally.
Where have you been? It has been going on for 5 years! ! ! !
2 posted on 01/24/2014 6:01:05 AM PST by DeaconRed (Its as simple as This: I HATE ZERO WITH ALL MY HEART. . . .)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Things become secretive when they will NOT bear scrutiny...and for no other reason.


3 posted on 01/24/2014 6:01:43 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Jill is going to get THE CALL, and if she doesn’t grovel back saying her comments were misconstrued by the evil right wing, she will get some of that transparent attention from Obama’s goons.


4 posted on 01/24/2014 6:03:22 AM PST by Truth29
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Secretive. Corrupt. Treasonous. Dictatorial. Evil.


5 posted on 01/24/2014 6:04:52 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
secretive? yeah, now you say it when he's a lame *uck "president" You'd be secretive too if you had a dozen SS numbers, had no proof of citizenship and had some old Iranian broad pulling your strings. . . . "the Taliban is in the building" . . .
6 posted on 01/24/2014 6:05:11 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

They’re all islamists or sympathizers.


7 posted on 01/24/2014 6:08:16 AM PST by onedoug
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Pssst. Hey Jill. It's SECRETIVE because it's CORRUPT!

Capisce?

8 posted on 01/24/2014 6:10:00 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

dictators MUST control the news


9 posted on 01/24/2014 6:10:10 AM PST by Nifster
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To: onedoug

“Secretive. Corrupt. Treasonous. Dictatorial. Evil.”.....

Certainly she’s not referencing the CURRENT White House (sarc).

Will we ever again see the American we knew and loved?


10 posted on 01/24/2014 6:11:20 AM PST by Progov
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To: onedoug

“Secretive. Corrupt. Treasonous. Dictatorial. Evil.”.....

Certainly she’s not referencing the CURRENT White House (sarc).

Will we ever again see the American we knew and loved?


11 posted on 01/24/2014 6:11:51 AM PST by Progov
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What’s your point, Jill.. that you’re going to suck up to Obama more than ever?

These propaganda hacks will never change. Obama could order their reporters to be arrested, hauled before a kangaroo court, then summarily executed, and these a-holes will STILL sugarcoat it all.


12 posted on 01/24/2014 6:12:37 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Progov
Will we ever again see the American we knew and loved?

As a 50-state entity? No.

13 posted on 01/24/2014 6:13:25 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

an administration that attempts to hide it’s activities and restrict the public’s knowledge of those activities isn’t secretive, it is suppressive.

this is the sort of thing you expect out of south american dictators wearing kooky hats.


14 posted on 01/24/2014 6:13:31 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Jill is just not comfortable with a black President.


15 posted on 01/24/2014 6:14:09 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: onedoug
We should all be very cautious.

I'd say more correctly, they all WERE islamists and sympathizers.

If the left is starting to publically announce they might have been wrong, you can pretty much bet enough power has been developed to stop any serious attempt to stop the regime.

16 posted on 01/24/2014 6:15:13 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Jill Jill Jill... Been reading the New York Times all her life. Been discussing articles in the New York Times with her family members and colleagues all her life. Thinks that believing communism is bad means you’re narrow-minded and not really “New Yorkish.”

Well guess what, Jill — you’re dealing with communists in the white house. And this secrecy thing is what communists do!

Moron!


17 posted on 01/24/2014 6:21:54 AM PST by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

That can not be true, mac daddy said that his administration would be the most transparent ever.

Oh wait, mac daddy said that while his lips were moving - never mind.


18 posted on 01/24/2014 6:22:36 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: Howie66
Just what the parasites that voted for him wanted. They wanted someone who would use the force of Government to steal from the rightful owners and give it to them. Like the Germans who voted for the National Socialists because they said that they would put the Jews in their place. They found out that once the National Socialists were in power everyone became Jews to one extent or the other.

I can't wait until obamacare becomes fully operational on them.

19 posted on 01/24/2014 6:24:50 AM PST by sport
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To: ScottinVA

I’m no expert, just a casual observer of the “press” as we know it in this country, but here’s my take.

In general, the MSM will go along with pretty much anything libs dish out to them. They will happily pass along the propaganda and work to squelch conservative voices all day long, without a peep of criticism of the Democrap political machine.

UNLESS a liberal politician “disses” them by denying them access or treating them with disdain. That riles them more than anything. Remember Anthony Weiner? The media were all on board with helping him cover things up, so to speak, until that disastrous press conference where he acted cocky toward them (again so to speak). That’s when they turned on them.

Same here with Obozo. Jill doesn’t really care that he’s doing something unlawful or corrupt; it just bothers her that he doesn’t give her or her media outlet the deference and “scoops” she thinks they deserve.


20 posted on 01/24/2014 6:27:05 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Kind of like the old Kremlin, right Jill?


21 posted on 01/24/2014 6:29:37 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I read the interview yesterday and was mildly impressed that a MSM liberal like Jill Abramson was capable of being honest and somewhat insightful. She’s a little late to the party, but better late than never...


22 posted on 01/24/2014 6:43:43 AM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Coupled with least inquisitive media...


23 posted on 01/24/2014 6:45:20 AM PST by Ben Chad
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
President Obama's White House is the "most secretive White House" that she's covered

... however, she quickly added that the NY Times has no plans to change its official policy of kissing the President's ass....


24 posted on 01/24/2014 6:45:51 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: All

and they left out “but I’d vote for him again”


25 posted on 01/24/2014 6:47:51 AM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: GOPJ

She finally felt the 2 X 4 that was being applied to her head.


26 posted on 01/24/2014 6:48:01 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Minor complaints, but the Times will be right back on their knees for their master, later today.


27 posted on 01/24/2014 6:48:19 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Minor complaints, but the Times will be right back on their knees for their master, later today.


28 posted on 01/24/2014 6:48:19 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: ScottinVA
What’s your point, Jill.. that you’re going to suck up to Obama more than ever?

why did she feel compelled to contrast this administration with the Reagan or GW Bush administrations? she is saying she is shocked that those Republican administrations were more transparent than this administration... BIASED!!!

29 posted on 01/24/2014 6:50:47 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says that President Obama’s White House is the “most secretive White House” that she’s covered during her long tenure as a political journalist. “

And she would still vote for him in a heartbeat.


30 posted on 01/24/2014 7:09:37 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yep... exactly. So long as the “media” get their required share of nuggets, they don’t give two sh*ts about the evil that permeates the regime.


31 posted on 01/24/2014 7:14:09 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; Starboard
In the wake of the revelations about the Justice Department's monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen, whom the DOJ labeled a “co-conspirator," the Times editorial board wrote that "the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news."

One more group of liberals starting to see how totalitarian 'liberal elites' have become... and this time it's some members of the New York Times editorial board.

They'll never join the Tea Party, but they're not going to be easily fooled by Obama any more either.

32 posted on 01/24/2014 7:23:41 AM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Obama: “This is the Most Transparent Administration in History.”
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 15 2013
http://techpresident.com/news/23512/obama-most-transparent-administration-history

Obama-We’re the Most Transparent and Ethical Administration in U.S. History!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXWTdTnhebs

Pelosi tells C-SPAN: ‘There has never been a more open process’

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/homenews/58007-pelosi-tells-c-span-there-has-never-been-more-open-process

Stretch agrees so it must be true.


33 posted on 01/24/2014 7:24:53 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Truth29

The IRS will be sending her a letter, shortly.


34 posted on 01/24/2014 7:28:04 AM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: Lazamataz

They always air a little petty grievance before the election cycle heats up to say that they are critical, too. It is never when the timing will hurt the socialists in power. You can mark your calendar to show that 7 days after the last criticism of the President, the election will be in full swing, starting with an expose on the front runner of some important district.

I’ve seen this movie before. Time to go camping.


35 posted on 01/24/2014 7:53:07 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

36 posted on 01/24/2014 8:05:39 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

But she will still assume the position as requested by Obama. If she spent 15 minutes vetting Obama instead of slobbering over him she would know she was helping to elect a radical marxist.


37 posted on 01/24/2014 11:56:31 AM PST by Organic Panic
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