Skip to comments.Flashback: Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism
Posted on 08/02/2018 4:25:12 PM PDT by NoLibZone
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. government's aggressive prosecution of leaks and efforts to control information are having a chilling effect on journalists and government whistle-blowers, according to a report released Thursday on U.S. press freedoms under the Obama administration.
The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration's unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists' records. Usually the group focuses on advocating for press freedoms abroad.
Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote the 30-page analysis entitled "The Obama Administration and the Press." The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration's secrecy, "but he has fallen short of his promise."
"In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press," wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. "The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post's investigation of Watergate."
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Obama still probably thinks his administration was the most transparent in history. To me that is a sign of terminal cluelessness.
Didnt Obama put a guy in prison for making a video that he blamed for Benghazi?
Yes and all of Obama’s sycophants like Hillary and Rice swore that was the cause of the attack.
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