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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Gary Pruitt
The president and CEO of The Associated Press says journalists around the world are "increasingly under attack" by people trying to influence and control the news.
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation is presenting its First Amendment Award to The Associated Press for defending press freedoms against secret government subpoenas for reporters' phone calls.
It took two kids armed with a golf club only a few minutes to destroy a St. Paul man's ice castle that he spent two months building.
The Department of Justice's seizure of Associated Press phone records has had a "chilling" effect on the news organization according to CEO Gary Pruitt, a First Amendment lawyer who took his case to the National Press Club on Wednesday, complete with a wish list of changes he would like to see.
It's been a little more than a month since The Associated Press revealed that the Justice Department had gained access to its phone records. The news organization came out swinging: CEO Gary Pruitt declared the action a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" and "unconstitutional." Now he's ready to explore "the way forward," he says, this time taking his case to the National Press Club.
Eric H. Holder Jr. is arguably the worst attorney general of all time. He obstructed inquiries by the U.S Commission for Civil Rights into the New Black Panther voter intimidation case. He was held in contempt of Congress for his obfuscation of the Justice Department's Mexican gun-running investigation.
With each developing scandal, the picture of an arrogant administration abusing its power grows clearer.
The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government's secret seizure of two months of reporters' phone records "unconstitutional" and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department.
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.
Pruitt says the increased dangers to reporters and the growing secrecy of governments make journalists' jobs more challenging but also more important.
He also stressed that the AP is increasing its production of U.S. video news that members can use on their online platforms.