posted on May, 30 2013 @ 11:46 AM
Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
Road blocks? The last time they had roadblocks like this to an issue, I believe the word quarantine was more appropriate. It's dead on arrival and a
non-starter by the reaction.
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations
into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.
The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. "If it is not on the record, AP will not
attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," said Erin Madigan White, the AP's media
Now this would be funny to even see suggested by a man like Holder, if the circumstances weren't so serious. He wants to meet with the Press....in
strict secrecy...to discuss the secrecy of information and how best the Press can handle it going forward? Am I reading this right???
A Justice Department official said Wednesday the sessions would be off the record to encourage a full exchange of ideas.
President Barack Obama directed the attorney general to review guidelines for investigations involving leaks to the media and said Holder would be
meeting with journalists to get their
Well, at least we won't have to debate the origin or level of the directives that started it this time. That part isn't secret.
In addition to Associated Press, The New York Times has refused participation as has Huffington Post under these conditions.
Holder *NEEDS* to understand something. He isn't some "fair broker" of truth and justice. In the eyes of many in the public and media? He *IS THE*
suspect here. So his efforts to 'guide' and 'shape' coverage aren't taken as gentle guidance from a caring Government, seeking accuracy. It's
covering his butt in a way I don't believe the United States has ever had the pleasure of seeing top officials do with such nerve, right out in open
view. (Of course...the attempt was to be open. The details? Strictly secret..shhh....)
It's incredible to watch the efforts to bring the 4th Estate into the 'fold' as something akin to a U.S. Information Agency. The Admin just
doesn't get it. The Media is there to BIRD DOG them....not sing their praises. They're there to keep them honest...not help them lie.