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AFP - The US government's secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a "chilling effect" on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP's top executive said Wednesday.
"Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us," AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in a speech to the National Press Club.
Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder said the leak which prompted the seizure of journalist phone records was a "very serious" matter which "puts the American people at risk."
Pruitt said Wednesday however that the AP waited five days before publishing the article, until after it had been assured by US officials that "the national security risk had passed.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Well if the media's "sources" start drying up, then the government gets what they want.
Maybe that was the whole intent from the beginning?
They cleverly tap and pry and snoop on journalists and media companies and then some how "make sure" all the secret info gets out in the wild for everybody to scrutinize.
The end result is media tyranny with helium.
But it would take a global effort to stop all the true journalism.
Maybe that is happening?
The chief function of propaganda is to convince the masses, whose slowness of understanding needs to be given time so they may absorb information; and only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on their mind. the slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula. The one will be rewarded by the surprising and almost incredible results that such a personal policy secures
Some folks have been a bit confused about why the scandal of tapping, probing and seizing records of U.S. Media organizations is both wrong and harmful to the operation of a free and open press.