Yet another journalist has come out against the seemingly unprecedented secrecy of the Obama administration.
USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) event on Saturday that the current administration is more threatening to press freedom than "any administration in American history." Page said she was "really worried" about what could happen if the White House continues to prevent reporters from doing their job of telling the news and telling the truth.
“This administration has been more restrictive and more challenging to the press, more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history,” Page said. “I think access to the White House has just gotten worse and worse.”
In January, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson called the Obama administration "the most secretive White House" she has ever encountered as a journalist. Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee also chimed in on White House transparency in September, citing daily "intimidation" tactics and firmly stating that the current administration is "significantly worse than previous administrations."
The famous media lawyer James C. Goodale, who represented The New York Times through the Pentagon Papers case, condemned Obama for criminalizing whistleblowers and reporters who use them as sources, boldly stating that "Obama will surely pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom."
Glenn Greenwald, journalist and co-founder of the Intercept, noted these recurring claims Tuesday morning:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 28, 2014
H/T Washington Post