Journos, whistleblowers decry Obama’s tightening noose on news, information

Mark Tapscott
The Washington Examiner

President Obama promised on his first full day in the Oval Office “an unprecedented level of openness in government.”

Obama also said the federal Freedom of Information Act “should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.”

But six years later, journalists, whistleblowers and taxpayers are seeing anything but such openness.

Meeting jointly in Chicago last week, members of the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Media Editors and AP Photo Managers were briefed by Sally Buzbee, the wire service’s Washington bureau chief, on “the eight ways the Obama administration is making it harder for journalists for find information and cover the news.”

Two of the eight examples cited by Buzbee concerned the FOIA, the 1966 law that guarantees the public’s right to access federal documents, subject only to nine specific exceptions…



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