Thursday, May 23, 2013

MAY 22, 2013

     I'm a retired reporter now, which makes it hard to know how seriously to take the charges that the Obama administration is turning into something like Richard Nixon's.   Dana Milbank in a Washington Post column called "Criminalizing Journalism" says that's more or less what's going on.

       Milbank says
, "The (James) Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on the civi lliberties as anything done by George W. Bush's administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of."   Again, I'm not covering this, but Milbank is a serious reporter.  So--wow.

       The Justice Department seized Rosen's e-mails and phone records, tracked his movements – scrutinizing the newgathering trail of a journalist.   Milbank says, treating "a reporter as a criminal for doing his job…deprives Americans of the First Amendment freedom on which all other constitutional rights are based."  Again,  wow.

      I remember from a campaign more recent than Nixon's a one-word Obama slogan:  Change.  Please, Mr. President, stay there.  Don't change back.  That's something we just don't need – something I hope we would not stand for.

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