The tide is turning ... this is from the former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie

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The tide is turning ... this is from the former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie

Post  fshnski on Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:04 am

Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie has issued a stunning verdict on President Obama's record in delivering "the most transparent administration in history."

Downie told an audience at the New America Foundation yesterday;

"The Obama administration’s aggressive war on leaks, and its determined efforts to control information that the news media needs to hold the government accountable for its actions, are without equal since the Nixon administration."

Those efforts, Downie said, are "in direct conflict with President Obama’s often-stated goal of making his administration the most transparent in American history.”

Downie's assessment holds particular significance because he speaks not as a conservative political partisan, but rather as a veteran Washington journalist who was one of the Washington Post desk editors on the Watergate stories that led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

Downie recently authored a devastating report on Obama and the news media that was published by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

But it's not just the Obama White House's efforts to track down leakers providing documents to national security reporters, according to Downie.

"At the same time, journalists told me, designated administration spokesmen are often unresponsive or hostile to press inquiries, even when reporters have been sent to them by officials who won’t talk on their own."

In other words, Obama and his appointees in the federal government are systematically trying to minimize the ability of the independent news media to hold government accountable.

Time to wake up!

As New York Times correspondent David Sanger told Downie, "This is the most closed, control freak administration I've ever covered." The CPJ report is a must-read for anybody who cares about freedom of the press and speech.

Ensuring transparency and accountability in government is among the few issues left on the national political agenda that generally unites liberals and conservatives.

And yet, the traditional media outlets covering Obama continue to treat him with kid gloves. When will they realize they are being had?



http://washingtonexaminer.com/morning-examiner-obama-running-the-most-control-freak-administration-ever/article/2537394

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Post  fshnski on Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:43 pm

Now CBS and the Huffington Post are finally starting to question the BS they have been given by obama's administration.

They are realizing that if they continue pandering to obama they will lose even more credibility.

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Post  fshnski on Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:47 pm

You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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