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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter James Risen is not mincing words about President Barack Obama.

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Risen has been fighting the Obama administration's efforts to get him to testify about his sources for six years. The Department of Justice has ordered him to testify against former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling, who it believes leaked information about a failed CIA operation in Iran that Risen reported on in his book. Risen recently lost his bid to have the Supreme Court revisit his case.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd spoke to Risen for her Sunday column "Where's the Justice at Justice?"

"How can he [Obama] use the Espionage Act to throw reporters and whistle-blowers in jail even as he defends the intelligence operatives who 'tortured some folks,' and coddles his C.I.A. chief, John Brennan, who spied on the Senate and then lied to the senators he spied on about it?" Dowd wrote.

Risen had one word to describe Obama's actions: "hypocritical."

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"A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin," he told Dowd. "They don't want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He's the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation."

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-08-17 03:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

The media has been up-in-arms over how secretive this administration is, how much they try to control messaging and how aggressively they persecute whistle-blowers. They are so up-in-amrs that they even, as a large group, compose letters to the White House expressing their dissatisfaction.

You know what they don't do? Report about it. Opine about it.

Their pissed and dismayed at the administration's actions but can't bring themselves to make a huge story about it because....they don't want to make Obama look bad?

It's bizarre. Obama treats the media like absolute crap and they won't push back publicly.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-17 09:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

"You know what they don't do? Report about it. Opine about it."

Yeah, why doesn't Maureen Dowd or some other well known columnist write about this?

#3 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-18 12:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2-#3...They'll lose access, pecking order, shunned out of their village.

You want a pass to the Rose Garden? well, there's a price for that.

#4 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-18 05:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Someone didn't read the article.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-08-18 05:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah, why doesn't Maureen Dowd or some other well known columnist write about this?

#3 | POSTED BY DANNI

Yeah! She has really made an issue out of this! Not!

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-08-18 09:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

This guy hosting the msnbc show is really boring.

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-08-18 09:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"This guy hosting the msnbc show is really boring."

Quite likely. If it's not Chris Matthews shouting over everybody, it's some dreary DNC hack like Ed Rendell or Debbie-Medusa Schultz putting you to sleep.

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-08-18 10:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

I haven't watched cable news stations in years. When they start acting like "Firing Line" and have heavyweight guests instead of partisan shills I'll be interested.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-08-18 10:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Yeah! She has really made an issue out of this! Not!"

Well yes, I do admit, the New York Times is a rather obscure publication.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-19 09:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

Obama Is 'Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation'

Of course he is. That's why this is on the back page.

#11 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-08-19 01:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Really?

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-08-19 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Really?

#13 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-08-19 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

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