Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:22 am
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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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One Response to “Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism”

  1. Blacque Jacques Shellacque on 11/11/13 at 1:21 am

    “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.”

    So,…y’all just gonna whine about it and then go back to helping promote the administration’s agenda once they throw you some scraps?

    Or are you going to do what it takes to knock them down a notch or two, just like you know you would if it were a Republican administration?