From the establishment media outlet, Politico.com: “Jill Abramson: ‘This is the most secretive White House I have ever dealt with’.”
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.
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.”
Gee, what is it all of the Administration tools and shills tell us in relation to the NSA? Oh… yeah… right… if you’ve got nothing to hide, then what’s the big deal?
And what’s the solution to a “secretive” White House? Hmm… why… I think I know: Journalists. Real journalists. Journalists with character. Journalists who deserve the title.
America’s death can only happen with the complicity of a Press that has gone AWOL.