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Shocked by Trump aggression against reporters and sources? The blueprint was made by Obama
www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 06/18/2018 | Margaret Sullivan

Posted on 11/09/2018 11:33:19 AM PST by Red Badger

It was never a question of "if."

It was always a matter of "when."

The seizure of a New York Times reporter's phone and email records has sent a chill down the spine of every reporter concerned about protecting his or her sources.

That means every serious reporter — especially those in Washington who report on politics and national security.

It is disturbing because reporters need to be able to do their jobs, unfettered. But absolutely no one should be surprised.

First off, the Trump administration has been all too clear about its scorn for established press rights — with President Donald Trump himself boasting about how he'd love to change libel-law protections and speculating about locking up reporters.

His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ducked questions early on about whether he would ever agree to subpoena a reporter in a leak investigation.

The signs were all there.

"I've been warning reporters to take care as this administration rattled it would go after sources like the previous one," wrote New York Times reporter Adam Goldman on Twitter shortly after the news broke Thursday that a former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee was indicted on charges of making false statements to the FBI during a leak investigation.

But Trump's anti-press bluster aside, there's a clear blueprint to follow — courtesy of Barack Obama, who once claimed that he would be the most transparent president ever but proved to be no friend to press rights.

As part of the new investigation, law enforcement officials seized years' worth of phone and email records of Times reporter Ali Watkins, who had previously dated the Senate staffer. Watkins had reported for BuzzFeed and Politico before being hired by the Times.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; US: New York
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1 posted on 11/09/2018 11:33:19 AM PST by Red Badger
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Entertainment Liberal Dalton Ross

Why the entire WH press crops is not turning in their credentials right now in solidarity and protest of the way some of their colleagues are being treated is beyond me.

https://twitter.com/DaltonRoss/status/1060968417711284226


2 posted on 11/09/2018 11:36:33 AM PST by SMGFan ( .)
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They like getting paid more than they liked Jim Acosta.................


3 posted on 11/09/2018 11:40:46 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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It is clear Trump has done nothing like 0boma did. If he had they would be screaming to high heaven.


4 posted on 11/09/2018 11:46:28 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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They were so in love with Obozo that he could have one of them disappear and they would have been totally okay with it.................


5 posted on 11/09/2018 11:48:05 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: Red Badger

A little Barry blast...https://youtu.be/t-YesCOMOuE


6 posted on 11/09/2018 11:56:42 AM PST by polymuser (Its terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged today. - Chesterton)
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Shocked by Trump aggression against reporters and sources?

Shocked? Hell no. Trump’s reaction to the majority of these asshole has been amazingly restrained...until now. KICK ASS, TRUMP!!


7 posted on 11/09/2018 12:09:45 PM PST by GoldenPup
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I am amazed that the Alpha male Trump has been willing to accept constant ideological abuse from the press. He has complained, presumably hoping for a reasonable return on their part. Acosta is a special case. He has been over the top aggressively hateful toward the president and his staff. In truth this should have been done months ago. Acosta is a villainous lout and cur with ill manners and hate for brains.


8 posted on 11/09/2018 3:04:21 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (The denial of the authority of God is the central plank of the Progressive movement.)
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