More White House hypocrisy

The Obama administration is quick to point the finger at foreign regimes that persecute truth-telling journalists, but slow to own up to its own repressive policies. From David Carr:

Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration’s press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria.

Jake Tapper, the White House correspondent for ABC News, pointed out that the administration had lauded brave reporting in distant lands more than once and then asked, “How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistle-blowers to court?”

He then suggested that the administration seemed to believe that “the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here.”

Fair point. The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers,” has been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers…

2 thoughts on “More White House hypocrisy

  1. Eric Holder is another Clinton holdover who should be fired immediately. Speaking of Clinton he told Obama yesterday that he (Obama) should “embrace the Keystone pipeline.” When asked Hillary said that she agreed with Bill “but we need to follow the law.” As a matter of fact both Clinton’s have always represented the interests of the 1% over and above the interests of the 99%. (Do you really need examples?) So Bill’s lobbying effort on behalf of Big Oil in favor of building the Keystone pipeline should come as no surprise to anyone.

  2. Ow! Jake. Nice one. If only Our Corporate Masters allowed you to ask similarly pointed questions of Rethugs in office.

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