Friday, May 31, 2013

Washington Post: The Justice Department Has ALLOWED us to Say AG Holder Supports Press Freedom

     The headline, above, points out the utter hypocrisy of an administration that claims to be the "Most Transparent Administration in History," but goes to any length to control and manage the press. The devotion to obama and the fear of reprisals that drives members of the media to simply lay down and be rolled over, rather than openly, honestly and with integrity, publish the facts, politics be damned, endangers the rest of our constitutional rights.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists’ First Amendment rights.
Holder’s commitment came at a private meeting with news executives after criticism that the Justice Department had infringed on the news media in several high-profile leak investigations. Participants said he told them officials would revise guidelines for issuing subpoenas to obtain reporters’ phone records.
The 90-minute meeting was attended by a small group of journalists after several news organizations objected to the Justice Department’s insistence that it be held off the record. The participants, however, reached an agreement with the Justice Department under which they could describe what occurred during the meeting in general terms. The Justice Department is expected to meet with other news organizations and media lawyers in coming days.
Holder and aides “completely endorsed the president’s statement that reporters should not be at legal risk for doing their job,” said Martin Baron, The Washington Post’s executive editor, who was among the participants. “They acknowledged the need for changes in their own guidelines and the need to have a more rigorous internal review.”
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

More of that transparency, I guess...

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