NYT Exec: Obama Operates Most Secretive White House She's Covered

Image: NYT Exec: Obama Operates Most Secretive White House She's Covered

Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 04:50 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson accused President Obama of operating "the most secretive White House" she has ever covered, according to an interview with Al Jazeera.

"I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush's first term," she told Al Jazeera in an interview that airs Sunday.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations."

"That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It's on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with," said Abramson, who is the first woman to hold one of the most influential positions in American journalism.

Abramson was referring to Times reporter James Risen, who the government is trying to force to reveal his CIA sources. In 2005 he and reporter Eric Lichtblau broke the story about the NSA's warrantless eavesdropping.

She also said she believes Obama is directly responsible for the White House’s secrecy. “I don’t know that,” she admitted, “but certainly enough attention has been focused on this issue that, if he departed from the policies of his government, I think we'd know at this point."

She also spoke about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, saying, "… by what he did, Edward Snowden did help The New York Times keep the public informed on what I consider to be very important matters."

A recent Times editorial called for the Obama administration to offer Snowden clemency for his actions. 

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Related Stories:





© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sen. Grassley: Ebola Travel Ban Would Protect Economy

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 13:52 PM

The nation's economy could be gravely hurt without the enactment of travel restrictions to Ebola-stricken nations to hel . . .

'Rocky Mountain Heist' Documentary Shows How Colorado Turned Blue

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 22:11 PM

A new documentary produced by Citizens United and hosted by conservative blogger Michelle Malkin says that a secretive g . . .

Matt Olsen: Snowden Leaks Help Terror Groups Avoid Detection

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 21:48 PM

Some foreign terror groups have gone deep underground and "just dropped off altogether" from U.S. surveillance in the wa . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved