Holder Says AP Leak Required “Very Aggressive Action”… Bank Crimes, Not So Much

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Holder Says Leak Required “Very Aggressive Action”… Bank Crimes, Not So Much

Apparently it never occurred to Attorney General Eric Holder that the Associated Press might be “too big to fail.” If it had,then his Justice Department probably never would have investigated it.

The AP isn’t just any news agency. It’s the largest one in the United States and one of the three largest in the world, along with Great Britain’s Reuters and Agence France-Presse. And it is, understandably enough, angry.

So are journalists who work for other outlets, along defenders of a free press and supporters of an informed citizenry. Journalists must be free of direct or implied intimidation if democracy is to work properly. And yet, correspondents who cover this Administration will often admit privately that they do feel intimidated.

“Twice as much as all previous administrations combined”

A free press sometimes makes powerful people uncomfortable. It can even cause them considerable inconvenience.  Actions against journalists must be very carefully weighed against democratic principle and fundamental freedoms.  Instead, this White House has been as zealous as its Republican predecessors – in many ways, more so – both in its pursuit of low-level officials who leak information to reporters, and in its pursuit of reporters themselves.

The AP investigation, which seems quite broad, is only one example of that. As The New York Times reports: “Under President Obama, six current and former government officials have been indicted in leak-related cases so far, twice the number brought under all previous administrations combined.”

Even the Bush Administration didn’t find it necessary to pursue journalists and truth-revealing Americans as fiercely as the Obama White House.

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2 Responses to “Holder Says AP Leak Required “Very Aggressive Action”… Bank Crimes, Not So Much”
  1. Sarah says:

    I wonder if the irony is lost on most Americans. I think that’s key to the continuing nonsense being produced in DC. While outrage is justified at spooking a big news corporation, Eric should have been fired years ago, after famously failing on the job.

  2. BOBBI SWANN says:

    And as Jim Neighbors would say “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

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