NYT Reporter Calls Obama "Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom"
New York Times reporter James Risen has named President Obama the “greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”
The remarks came during a speech Risen gave at the Sources and Secrets conference. Risen is currently fighting an order that he testify in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking information to him.
He went on to say that any journalist who exceeds parameters with regards to national security reporting “will be punished" by the administration.
This morning on Fox and Friends, radio talk show host Laura Ingraham called it quite a statement, noting that Risen left out both the Russian and Chinese presidents.
She pointed out examples of the Obama administration targeting conservatives and Fox News reporter James Rosen, failing to hold press conferences and the lack of transparency on a number of issues.
“Look at what the dealings with this news channel and the White House has been. I mean, O’Reilly has been able to get a couple interviews and Bret Baier did that one interview,” Ingraham said before calling out the derision and dismissiveness President Obama “personally exhibits” towards Fox News.
Ingraham said she was glad Risen spoke out, but added, “A lot of us have been saying this for four and a half years.”
Watch the Fox and Friends interview above.