(Committee to Protect Journalists) President Obama came into office pledging an ‘open and transparent government’ but he’s fallen short of that promise.
Journalists and transparency activists say the Obama Administration curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press. Aggressive prosecution of leakers and ‘whistle-blowers’ of classified information, demonizing FOX News to investigating James Rosen including other reporters and broad electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists.
Committee to Protect Journalists, has distributed a pattern of actions by the Obama Administration that have chilled the flow of information on issues of great public interest, including matters of national security.
The Obama Administration war on leaks to the press through the use of secret subpoena’s against news organizations, its assertion through prosecution that leaking classified documents to the press is espionage or aiding the enemy and their increased limitations on access to information that is in the public interest–all thwart a free and open discussion necessary to a democracy.
(Breitbart) The most recent Congressional threat to a Free Press in the United States comes from the Senate Democrat-Progressive/Socialist Majority Judiciary Committee, which approved today 15-3 a measure that would redefine “Journalist” clearing the way for approval of the legislation.
Under the proposed legislation a “Journalist” would now be defined as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information–the individual would have been employed for 1 year within the last 20 or 3 months within the last 5 years; It would apply to ‘student journalists’ or someone with a considerable amount of freelance work in the last 5 years. A federal judge would also have the authority to declare one a ‘covered journalist’ who would be granted privileges of the new proposed law.
(Hmm..I wonder if Benjamin Franklin and James Madison could have called themselves journalists under such a broad definition? I digress)
“I think journalism has a certain tradecraft. Its a profession. I recognize that everyone can think they’re a journalist,” said Sen Dianne Feinstein.
The language incorporated into the proposed legislation is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to have deliberately left out Bloggers and other non-traditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet writes The Western Center for Journalism.
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” President Harry S. Truman
(Natl Review) President Obama assured himself of a warm reception from the audience attending his 1 hour+ lecture at the Univ of Central Missouri on Wednesday–because some students that disagreed with him were not allowed into the building.
Christopher White of The College Fix reports that students wearing “Tea Party T-Shirts and other who wore patriotic or Republican styled clothing,” were turned away at the door under the guise of ‘security concerns” despite the fact that they had tickets to the event.
Suggestion to College Republicans who hope to attend an Obama speech in the future: Odds of admission improve if one wears a Che Guevara T-Shirt, an “I Heart Kim Jong-un,” or a cheesy Team Obama campaign pin or ball cap.
(ABC News) President Obama claims since his administration has been caught up in a series of scandals which threatens his presidency, to be a little uneasy with the way Editors and Journalists from the AP together with FOX News James Rosen have been targeted by the Dept of Justice (DoJ) and Atty General Eric Holder (who works at the pleasure of the President) and has asked the DoJ by and through his Atty General to conduct a 45 day review of himself and the DoJ.
How does this actually work without the appointment of an Independent Prosecutor?
‘Obama Pleads Inefficacy on Scandals’
“With misconduct all around (him) Obama’s attempt to be above the fray and out of the loop may insulate him from specific charges of wrongdoing but it will not insulate him from the growing sense that many in his administration are out of control and abusing power.”
Full post here by Chris Stewart/FOX News
(Real Clear Politics/CNBC) This is possibly the worst possible outcome from the Obama Administration’s point of view, as the scandals unfold involving the Internal Revenue Service and Dept of Justice.
While the Inspector General said that he didn’t see evidence of criminality, IRS Official Lois Lerner says that she will assert her 5th Amendment privilege against self incrimination at Wednesday’s House Oversight Hearing.
(Washington Post) The Obama Administration’s Dept of Justice, secretly tracked the movements of FOX News Reporter James Rosen’s comings and goings at the State Dept through his key cards, traced phone calls and searched his emails.
(Shanghaiist) A young Chinese Woman in Chengdu, after creating a White House Petition on the 07 May calling for international attention to the hazards posed by 40 Billion Yuan, Petrochemical plant in Pengzhou was left severely shaken after being contacted by authorities and told to delete the petition as soon as possible.
Once posted, the White House doesn’t allow users to delete petitions–fearing China authorities, the Woman took to China’s social media site Weibo seeking help–China censors deleted the Weibo post two days later.
The Obama Administration has failed to comment on the situation or condemn the China Regime regarding their attempts to censor materials posted online in the United States which they deem objectionable.
On the 09 May, I wrote here that China Netizens have flocked to the White House site, seeking President Obama’s help to redress the grievances both serious and some absurd.