Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pulitzer Prize Winning NYT Reporter: Obama “Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom”

by Daniel Greenfield


A few media types are beginning to stand up to the Pravdaization of the American press that has really taken off under Obama.
Risen won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 and 2006 for his reporting on national security and terrorism. He has clashed with the Obama administration over his refusal to reveal a confidential source in a matter that reached the Supreme Court in January.
New York Times reporter James Risen, who is fighting an order that he testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information to him, opened the conference earlier by saying the Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”
The administration’s aggressive prosecutions have created “a de facto Official Secrets Act,” Risen said, and the media has been “too timid” in responding.
The administration wants to “narrow the field of national security reporting,” Risen said, to “create a path for accepted reporting.” Any journalist who exceeds those parameters, Risen said, “will be punished.”
Thank goodness those horrible Bush days are over when everyone sat cringing in their homes because of the Patriot Act. Meanwhile actual abuses of power are met with applause from most of the press for the dictator of phone and pen.

Daniel Greenfield


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