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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Leonard Downie Jr.
The Obama White House's war against leaks, and its penchant for secrecy and noted lack of transparency, are the worst "since the Nixon administration," according to a major new study that relied on interviews from leading Washington reporters and news organization chiefs.
Lap dogs will snap at an ankle, but they rarely bite. Nevertheless, President Obama is running out of friends. His steamrolling and "no negotiations" negotiating style offended Republicans first, but now some of his most ardent supporters are entertaining second thoughts. The Committee to Protect Journalists, which works to protect reporters from harm in distant places such as Colombia and Egypt, released a report Thursday suggesting the Obama administration has adopted speech-chilling tactics more appropriate to a Third World nation.
A New York Times reporter with two decades of experience as a Washington, D.C., based journalist says that the Obama administration is far from open and has a long way to go to meet its campaign vows of a transparent government.
Some of the country's most prominent newspaper companies are investing in a Silicon Valley online news venture called Ongo Inc., but are offering few details about the company.
Leonard Downie Jr., the former executive editor of The Washington Post who has never been called a conservative, wrote in the report that Mr. Obama "has fallen short of his promise" to create "a transparent administration."