NY Times Editor: Obama Admin the 'Most Secretive WH I've Ever Covered'
The executive editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, raised some eyebrows this week with the following criticism of how the Obama administration has behaved toward the media.
"It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering. ... 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 in an interview with Al Jazeera America.
Abramson is the first woman to serve as the newspaper's lead editor.
But she pointed out that some leaks - like those from Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning - must be dealt with seriously because of the national security implications.
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