‘The blog post by Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple had a promising headline: USA Today’s Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history.
And the first paragraph provided a nice compendium of similar critiques from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, New York Timesreporter James Risen, and CBS News’s Bob Schieffer. (Here’s my take on the issue.)
But Page seemingly didn’t make a detailed argument; she just uttered a few adjectives (“restrictive” as well as “dangerous”). Wemple generously explained what he assumed she was talking about (“the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible ‘co-conspirator’ in a violation of the Espionage Act.”)
And sadly, the rest of the story was devoted to what this weekend’s meeting of the White House Correspondents’ Association was evidently really about: Whining about photo ops and fine wines.’
- Jill Abramson: ‘This Is The Most Secretive White House…I Have Ever Dealt With’
- James Rosen: Did the Justice Department really need to call him a ‘co-conspirator’?
- Former CBS News Reporter Claims Existence of Obama Enemies’ List
- James Risen at Colby: ‘Obama hates the press’
- The Obama Administration and the Press
- The Big Chill
- The case for a secrecy beat
- The Dinner That Went Mad
- A refresher on how the press failed the people