Has Obama Turned Against the Press that Helped Elect Him?

By:  Bob Adelmann
Has Obama Turned Against the Press that Helped Elect Him?

The report from the Committee to Protect Journalism confirms the obvious: The mainstream media that helped elect the president is being treated as an enemy.

Major players in the mainstream media expressed surprise and dismay at the latest evidence that they have been played for fools: the report from the Committee to Protect Journalism (CPJ) entitled “The Obama Administration and the Press.” The CPJ states that its mission is to “defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal” but its staff and directors are (and have been) filled to overflowing with so-called investigative journalists who have supported for years the building of a national government far exceeding constitutional bounds, such as Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Christiane Amanpour, Norman Pearlstine, and others.

The author of the study, Leonard J. Downie, Jr., himself spent 44 years promoting the liberal line for the Washington Post, 17 of them as its executive director and is now serving as a professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Downie has no excuse for not knowing what’s happening in Washington, nor any defense for his lifetime support of a regime that is now turning on the liberal army that helped elect him. In his book, The Rules of the Game, Downie admits that “no one knows more about Washington, its inner workings and secrets.... And no novel has better captured the tensions among business interests, politicians, and the press, or the morally ambiguous ways in which all three really work.”

Morally ambiguous indeed. The man he and his consorts helped elect in 2008 is now so tightly limiting access to his administration that even Downie is complaining:

In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Those suspected of discussing with reporters anything that the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mail records.

An “Insider Threat Program” being implemented in every government department ... monitor[s] the behavior of [every government employee].

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