August 21, 2014


Barack Obama took time off from his vacation to issue a statement on Ferguson claiming that "“Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs." Meanwhile, the hypocritical president has been working overtime throughout his administration to silence the press. And this is the guy who campaigned with promises of greater transparency than the hideous George W. Bush administration, which was notorious for limiting the press's access to the White House so that the press feared it would lose access if it asked tough questions. Obama has carried on Bush's work and even expanded it--in direct contrast to his campaign promises. Here's how the White House is putting it's full force behind prosecuting Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist James Risen. Obama doing exactly what he claims shouldn't be done in Ferguson. But none of the sheep who support Obama will be bothered to question his blatant hypocrisy. It's all right there if you care to see the truth. This administration counts on you not connecting the dots and most of us are happy to oblige.

Columbia Journalism Review: "Just minutes after the president finished his remarks (about reporters in Ferguson), a coalition of journalism organizations at the National Press Club in Washington began a news conference condemning the Obama administration’s attempt to compel James Risen, a New York Times reporter, to identify a confidential source. The menagerie of groups this morning presented a petition, signed by more than 125,000 people, calling on the Justice Department to end its six-year effort to force Risen to testify against his source.

In June, the US Supreme Court turned down a last-ditch appeal from Risen, removing the final legal barrier for federal prosecutors who want him to take the stand.

The coincidental timing puts a spotlight on a White House that has repeatedly defended its claim as the most transparent administration in history. In the past five years, however, the Obama administration has been decried repeatedly for both its secrecy and its aggression toward the press. What’s more, it has pursued more criminal leak investigations than every previous White House combined."