Reporters Living in Fear of Obama Thugs: “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

Posted by on Oct 07, 2013 at 8:08 am

We still have no answers why the Obama “Justice” Department targeted James Rosen of Fox News or tapped the phone lines of the Associated Press. And clearly the media is too afraid to speak up. America, it was a fun experiment while it lasted.

Many reporters covering national security and government policy in Washington these days are taking precautions to keep their sources from becoming casualties in the Obama administration’s war on leaks. They and their remaining government sources often avoid phone conversations and e-mail exchanges, arranging furtive one-on-one meetings instead.

“We have to think more about when we use cellphones, when we use e-mail and when we need to meet sources in person,” said Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor of the Associated Press. “We need to be more and more aware that government can track our work without talking to our reporters, without letting us know.”

These concerns, expressed by numerous journalists I interviewed, are well-founded. Relying on the 1917 Espionage Act, which was rarely invoked before President Obama took office, this administration has secretly used the phone and e-mail records of government officials and reporters to identify and prosecute government sources for national-security stories.

If the media had any dignity they’d boycott this administration and skip the daily Jay Carney briefings. But breaking up is so hard to do.

After The New York Times published a 2012 story by David Sanger about covert cyberattacks by the United States and Israel against Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities, federal prosecutors and the FBI questioned scores of officials throughout the government who were identified in computer analyses of phone, text and e-mail records as having contact with Sanger.

“A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and the intelligence agencies that told people to freeze and retain any e-mail, and presumably phone logs, of communications with me,” Sanger said. As a result, longtime sources no longer talk to him. “They tell me: ‘David, I love you, but don’t e-mail me. Let’s don’t chat until this blows over.’ ”

Sanger, who has worked for the Times in Washington for two decades, said, “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”

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3 Responses to “Reporters Living in Fear of Obama Thugs: “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered””

  1. Nancy Ruth Owens on 7/07/13 at 9:22 am

    They been doing this since at least the 80’s when the New Hispanic Order invaded South Florida. Just after we elected our first, NON-MILITARY president Reagan who was just a cameraman and who was reportedly blind in one eye. How simple it would be to fix things. But, the Commies are rapidly destroying what’s left of our military base and there are no “men” in the White House willing to give up their political positions to do what needs to be done for the late, great “Amerika.”

  2. bindare on 7/07/13 at 2:04 pm

    The media created this Presidential Frankenstein and they will live (or die) in regret and remorse for what they
    inflicted not only on us but on themselves. And if they smugly think they will only benefit from this fundamental change ( a new world order) in the way this country runs, they will do well to remember Trotsky and so, so many like him.