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New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says that President Obama’s White House is the “most secretive White House” that she’s covered during her long tenure as a political journalist.
“I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term,” Abramson told Al Jazeera America in an interview that will air on Sunday.
“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,” she continued. “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.”
Now, keep in mind that the NYT will still coddle the hell out of the administration. What they’re doing here is saying, essentially: “Hey, y’all, would you cut us some slack please?” ObamaCo won’t, to be sure, and also to be sure, the NYT will move on from this, continuing to comment only in the abstract while still by and large promoting the agenda of the Obama administration both on their editorial pages and in their straight reporting.
Just callin’ it like it is.