Is there such a thing as not biting the hand that feeds you, but biting the hand that you feed?
Few newspapers are more loving, more loyal to Barack Obama and his administration than the New York Times. But, at least to one of its more prominent reporters, the Obama administration not only withholds necessary information, but is ready, willing and able to be punitive about journalists who complain about it.
Here is what Times reporter James Risen had to say about the Obama administration\’s opaqueness-parading-as-transparency, while opening a “Sources and Secrets” conference, held at the Times Center:
“(The Obama administration is) thegreatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at leasta generation….(it wants to) narrow the field ofnational security reporting (to) create a path foraccepted reporting ,(anyone who goes beyond that path) will be punished – (which creates) a de factoOfficial Secrets Act.”
Remember: James Risen writes for The New York Times. The New York Times, which is rivaled only by Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSNBC crowd, in treating Barack Obama as its lord and savior.
If The Times is complaining about how closed-off this administration is, how do you suppose the folks over at Fox, or The Washington Times, or National Review, feel?
James Risen, to his credit (or anguish, I can\’t tell which – maybe both) is to be commended for making it clear that in the era of Obama even the administration\’s best friends can be seen, and treated, as enemies.
Honesty like this cannot go unrewarded. Congratulations, Mr. Risen: Quote Of The Day honors are yours.