In a letter to President Obama, a group representing 38 journalism organizations called out the White House for a lack of transparency. The letter, dated July 8, begins with the following:

"You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. We call on you to take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in."

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) faults the administration for blocking access to certain government officials and excessive delays in responding to interview requests, among other complaints.

Katie Pavlich weighed in this afternoon on The Real Story, calling to mind what she encountered while covering the fallout from Operation Fast and Furious.

She explained that information she sought from the Justice Department was either said to be unavailable or was released with heavy redactions, while left-wing groups "smeared" reporters who were covering the scandal.

Pavlich said the administration's treatment of journalists goes way beyond just a lack of transparency.

"This is about the Obama administration having an all-out war on the press. This is an administration that has investigated reporters, from the AP to Fox News. They've looked at their phone calls, they've looked at their emails, they’ve treated them as criminals in some cases for
doing their jobs. This isn’t just simply about transparency, this is an administration that’s willing to target reporters for what they’re doing," said Pavlich.

Watch the full discussion above and check out Katie's new book, "Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women."