+ Reply to Thread
+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: ABC's Jake Tapper: "Obama Admin Wants Aggressive Journalism Abroad But Not in U.S."

  1. Default ABC's Jake Tapper: "Obama Admin Wants Aggressive Journalism Abroad But Not in U.S."

    One of the very few noteworthy questions during a White House press briefing. I dont think Ive seen anything like it before except from Helen Thomas. He may get demoted if his questions dont stay within the propaganda framework.



    The New York Times: Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth

    Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration’s press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria.

    Jake Tapper, the White House correspondent for ABC News, pointed out that the administration had lauded brave reporting in distant lands more than once and then asked, “How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistle-blowers to court?”

    He then suggested that the administration seemed to believe that “the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here.”

    Fair point. The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers,” has been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers.

    The Espionage Act, enacted back in 1917 to punish those who gave aid to our enemies, was used three times in all the prior administrations to bring cases against government officials accused of providing classified information to the media. It has been used six times since the current president took office.
    Last edited by Horhey; Apr 27 2012 at 08:26 AM.
    "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance".

    --John Dewey

  2. Default

    ABC News: The WH Loves Aggressive Journalism — Abroad — Today’s Q’s for O’s WH — 2/22/2012

    (Note: White House press secretary Jay Carney began today’s briefing by praising journalists who have died covering the unrest in Syria: Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik as well as Anthony Shadid.)

    TAPPER: The White House keeps praising these journalists who are — who’ve been killed –

    CARNEY: I don’t know about “keep” — I think -

    TAPPER: You’ve done it, Vice President Biden did it in a statement. How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court?

    You’re — currently I think that you’ve invoked it the sixth time, and before the Obama administration, it had only been used three times in history. You’re — this is the sixth time you’re suing a CIA officer for allegedly providing information in 2009 about CIA torture. Certainly that’s something that’s in the public interest of the United States. The administration is taking this person to court. There just seems to be disconnect here. You want aggressive journalism abroad; you just don’t want it in the United States.

    CARNEY: Well, I would hesitate to speak to any particular case, for obvious reasons, and I would refer you to the Department of Justice for more on that.

    I think we absolutely honor and praise the bravery of reporters who are placing themselves in extremely dangerous situations in order to bring a story of oppression and brutality to the world. I think that is commendable, and it’s certainly worth noting by us. And as somebody who knew both Anthony and Marie, I particularly appreciate what they did to bring that story to the American people.

    I — as for other cases, again, without addressing any specific case, I think that there are issues here that involve highly sensitive classified information, and I think that, you know, those are — divulging or to — divulging that kind of information is a serious issue, and it always has been.

    TAPPER: So the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here?

    CARNEY: Well, that’s not at all what I’m saying, Jake, and you know it’s not. Again, I can’t — specific –

    TAPPER: That’s what the Justice Department’s doing.

    CARNEY: Well, you’re making a judgment about a broad array of cases, and I can’t address those specifically.

    TAPPER: It’s also the judgment that a lot of whistleblowers’ organizations and good government groups are making as well.

    CARNEY: Not one that I’m going to make.
    Last edited by Horhey; Apr 27 2012 at 08:37 AM.
    "As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance".

    --John Dewey

+ Reply to Thread
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Obama admin gave 8 billion to liberal tech in a lefty state!!!
    By The Mello Guy in forum Current Events
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: Sep 29 2011, 05:27 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks