That’s according to Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, captured by Erik Wemple at the Washington Post. So, not us rabble rousers here or Breitbart or elsewhere. Other media scribes who still worship at the feet of Barack Obama might listen to them.
Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act.
The WHCA convened the event both to strategize over how to open up the byways of the self-proclaimed most transparent administration in history, as well as to compare war stories on the many ways in which it is not. Peter Baker, the veteran Washington reporter from the New York Times, provided perhaps the best instance of White House-administered madness. In covering a breaking story recently, Baker received a note from a White House handler indicating that President Obama had been briefed on the matter in question.
That information came to Baker “on background.” The gist: Not from me — a meeting has occurred..
Wemple has another story that gets far more specific as to how this administration, the supposedly liberal one that promised to be the most transparent ever, while also promising/threatening to “fundamentally transform” the country, has gone after a specific reporter who was working on two of its biggest, deadliest scandals. That reporter is Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS, and she was reporting on Fast and Furious and Benghazi, Obama’s scandals that even have body counts.
Attkisson writes in her new book about what happened to her, her family and her in-home communications as she was reporting those stories. Here’s a sample, there’s much more at the link.
At one point, Attkisson gets a visit from pseudonymous “Terry,” who has “connections to the three-letter agencies.” “Stonewalled” takes it from here:
Terry tells me of a conversation he’d had with my husband back in 2011. He’d noticed a white utility truck parked up the street by a pond. “I didn’t like that. I didn’t like it at all,” he tells me now, shaking his head. . . . “I didn’t like it because I recognized the type of truck and the type of antennae it had. And if you look” — he points up the street — “there’s a direct line of sight from where it was parked to your house.” My husband, who once worked in law enforcement intelligence, had on several occasions in the past couple of years mentioned the presence of nondescript utility trucks parked in our neighborhood — trucks that were working on no known utility projects. Neighbors noticed, too. Ours is a small community filled with people who pay attention to such things. Some of them worked for the three-letter agencies.”
Attkisson eventually left CBS, which not only failed to defend her and her work — it actively tried to get Attkisson to water down her reporting.
CBS News chief David Rhodes is famously the brother of Obama deputy national security communications adviser Ben Rhodes. So we have a corrupt media angle to finish this post off with.