- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 31, 2015

Late-night HBO talk show host Bill Maher blasted President Obama on Friday night for clamping down too hard on journalists, calling him the “worst” president on issues of press freedom.

“I don’t understand why he is perhaps the worst president we’ve had on clamping down on the press,” Mr. Maher told documentarian Laura Poitras, adding that Mr. Obama has used the espionage act more than any other president against journalists doing their jobs.

Ms. Poitras said that Mr. Obama failed on surveillance issues that wouldn’t have come to public attention without leaks from whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, Mediaite reported Friday.

“I think it’s people who see things that they think are wrong and that in a democracy we should know what the government’s doing, that it shouldn’t all happen in secret and that they shouldn’t have secret laws that impact all of us that we don’t know about,” Ms. Poitras said.

“I think the problem is this use of classification to hide things from the public that shouldn’t be hidden from the public,” Mr. Poitras said. “People aren’t lining up to become whistleblowers — there’s a lot of risks.”

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