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Obama's negative effect on journalism

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by LongTimeListener, Oct 10, 2013.

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  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    The Committee to Protect Journalists, headed by former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie, finds that Obama Administration's pursuit of leaks and other combative steps with the media have resulted in a chilling effect for journalists, far different from his promises for transparency.

    "In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press," wrote Downie, now a journalism professor at Arizona State University. "The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post's investigation of Watergate."

    Don't know if this can be discussed here, but it's definitely about journalism.
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    "Yeah sure troll. Try harder" / Starman
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    That's a great find. Thanks for posting that.
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

  5. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Definitely should be discussed -- as long as it stays as a journalism discussion.

    That stat about the Espionage Act is embarrassing.
  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Kind of ironic and kind of funny that the media who has been in
    the tank for Obama is now being shut out from doing their job.

    I do think there has been a bit of a blow back to the administration
    which accounts a tad for Obama's sinking public ratings.

    There is not as many favorable stories as there once was. Many now
    turning down The White House Kool Aid.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Many journalists should be happy after calling for prosecution of those who leaked grand jury info in the PED cases, namely Bonds.
  8. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    If the media was in the tank, you'll agree only one part of it was.

    Fox News, every conservative Web site and 99% of talk radio has been against Obama since day one, with fury.

    Let's face it: Part of the chilling effect is that FNC openly pursues impeachment of the man. It's the driving force behind the success of the Tea Party. For several years, it employed Glenn Beck and let him snuffle and cry and bleat about the demise of America until even conservatives couldn't buy his quackery.

    The presidency is under a daily siege. The president's men and women respond with less grace than I'd prefer, obviously, but their response is not all that surprising.
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    More than offset by major outlets like The Times, WAPO, and MSNBC carrying the
    water for him.
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    So it's the media's fault Obama is lying to them, spying on them and persecuting them when he doesn't like what they write or report?
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    No, but they're less likely to call him out for it than they would be if he was from the other party.

    Comparisons to the paranoia in Nixon's White House are very telling.
  12. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    The narrative has hit a bump in the road.
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