AP CEO Says Government Sources Won’t Talk After Justice Department Probe

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by JamesL, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. JamesL

    JamesL

    WASHINGTON — The CEO of the Associated Press told an audience Wednesday that the Department of Justice has succeeded in muzzling government employees from talking to AP reporters in the weeks since the seizure of AP phone records was revealed.

    “What I learned from our journalists should alarm everyone in this room and I think should alarm everyone in this country. The actions of the DOJ against AP are already having an impact beyond the specifics of this particular case,” AP CEO Gary Pruitt told an audience at the National Press Club. “Some of our longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking to us, even about stories that aren’t about national security. In some cases, government employees that we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone, and some are reluctant to meet in person.”

    After it was made public that the Justice Department took AP Washington bureau phone records as part of the Obama administration’s aggressive anti-leak operation, Pruitt said the fear among potential sources has spread to reporters from other outlets.

    “I can tell you that this chilling effect is not just at AP, it’s happening at other news organizations as well,” he said. “Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me it has intimidated sources from speaking to them.”

    Pruitt said he believes government officials are happy to see the process of newsgathering become more difficult in Washington.

    “The government may love this. I suspect that they do,” he said. “But beware the government that loves secrecy too much.”

    During a question-and-answer session after his speech, Pruitt said he did not believe the Obama administration has had a different relationship with the press than past administrations, but he said that the Obama administration’s aggressive attempts to prosecute leakers have put the administration’s view of the press front and center.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/ap-ceo-details-chilling-effect-after-dept-of-justice-seized
     
  2. Lucrum

    Lucrum

    Would this be the "hope" "change" or "transparency" Odumbo promised his sheeple repeatedly?
     
  3. wjk

    wjk

    Good Job Mr. Holder. Reno taught you well.
     
  4. piezoe

    piezoe

    Apparently it is all three. Change to opaqueness, and hope for transparency.
     
  5. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    LOL! :)
     
  6. wjk

    wjk


    Hope: Hope he doesn't get caught in countless scandals and abuses of power.

    Change: He has essentially transformed the country fundamentally. HC for instance.

    Transparency: Our lives our now completely transparent to the gov.
     
  7. I knew you weren't a total lefty loon piezoe. I don't understand some of your positions.. but, I'm glad to see this.

    obama is a peerless liar and scumbag, although the clintons are close behind. I can''t believe anyone at this point thinks he is a good person.