DOJ Phone Snooping Scandal – AP Journos Suddenly Forbidden To Talk To……….The Press?

1984-signet1981What?  What did I just read in the left-wing Politico?  Rank and file members of the AP, genuine press card holders, bona fide journalists, whose phone records were surreptitiously collected by the Department of Justice, are not allowed to speak to other members of the Press Corps about the Eric Holder/Barack Obama Big Brother electronic phone-spying operation that just exploded on the national scene.

So, why is that, you may ask?  Well, could it be that, as egregious as the DOJ actions may be, the higher-ups in the AP are still determined to protect The One, Barack Hussein Obama?  At any and all costs?  My best guess is – yes – the Big Boss at AP, Gary Pruitt, is so far into the Obama tank that he’ll muzzle his own employees, who are the victims of the snooping operation, the letter of protest he sent to DOJ notwithstanding. Yep.

Even more firghtening is that the Politico doesn’t find seem to find it odd that the AP boss has gagged his own reporters by telling representatives of The Politico not to question the AP reporters.  There’s a new one for you.  The Press isn’t allowed to talk to The Press.  Here’s part of the Politico report:

Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone records — and they say such an intrusion could chill their relationships with confidential sources.

In conversations with POLITICO on Tuesday, several AP staffers in Washington, D.C., described feelings of anger and frustration with the DOJ and with the Obama administration in general…

…The AP employees interviewed by POLITICO did not want to be identified because, according to several sources, at least some journalists have been asked not to speak to the news media…

…“It’s a sensitive matter, our reporters aren’t giving interviews,” AP spokeswoman Erin Madigan White told POLITICO when asked about the order…

Wow.  It’s that sensitiive?  Whom are they trying to protect here?

…Early Tuesday afternoon, an individual at the AP Washington bureau who identified himself as the facilities manager told POLITICO to stop questioning reporters outside the office and address questions to corporate communications. “You have to understand our position,” he said. “We have to have a clear and consistent message.”…

Uh huh. And what message is that?

…AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt described on Monday described the DOJ action as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” On Tuesday, Madigan White said the company had nothing to add to yesterday’s statement.

But reporters have not lost their resolve. If anything, they seem to feel invigorated.

“Nobody is downtrodden,” an AP reporter told POLITICO. “We really are just pushing ahead with our jobs. It’s not like we are all sitting around watching the front office meetings fretting about how we will go forward.”

The AP’s leadership has not addressed the newsroom yet. There have been no staffwide meetings to discuss the nature of the Justice Department’s investigation or what the AP plans to do going forward.

“Today seemed kind of normal, we’re all working on chasing down the story,” said another reporter. “We’re kind of taking it in stride; we’re used to getting hit like this. We’re always working on stories with a degree of sensitivity.”…

Now, that is unbelievable.  If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I’d have said you’re lying to me.  A huge scandal, where the government is spying on member of the AP and the AP Big Boss hasn’t even assembled the troops to address the situation?  And you can bet this is a sensitive story.  Their guy, Barack Hussein Obama is under some scrutiny right now.  So, Mr Pruitt is now between the rock and the hard place.  He’s Mr. 1st Amendment.  But, how’s he going to protect Mr. O?  My money says that’s his biggest worry – Freedom of the Press and his reporters’ rights be damned.  You can quote me.  We’ll soon see.

Thanks to Drudge for the link.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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