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AP and New York Times Pass On Off-The-Record Holder Meeting, USA Today Condemns Press Policy

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The Associated Press and New York Times are refusing to have an off the record meeting with AG Eric Holder regarding Holder’s policies on journalism. This comes at a time when Holder has come under fire for possibly lying to Congress.

JOHNSON: I yield the balance of my time to you.

HOLDER: I would say this with regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. That is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy. In fact my view is quite the opposite.

The issue for the House Judiciary Committee is whether Holder personally approving the James Rosen warrant constituted a violation of his statement. It is also unclear how the Wikileaks investigation of journalism fits in given Holder’s statements to Congress given his previous public statements.

USA Today has also condemned Holder’s actions in a recent editorial saying the Obama Administration’s policies threaten journalism.

All told, the Obama administration has prosecuted six former or current officials for leaks — twice as many as all previous administrations combined. This is an intimidation tactic that serves to hide all manner of government secrets…

This battle isn’t just about press rights. It’s about the ability of citizens to know what their government is doing. New laws would help. But not as much as Holder showing more respect for the First Amendment.

It’s also worth noting the new “shield law” would be irrelevant in the Wikileaks, AP, and Rosen case. due to the National Security exception in the law. So the new law would not even help in the cases where the government is cracking down. The law would protect day to day gossip journalism the kind the White House not only doesn’t care about but freely engages in in violation of current law.

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.

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