The climate between the Obama Administration and the press corps is in a difficult and challenging period. Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi was at the University of Idaho Friday to talk about the relationship between official Washington and the press corps that covers it. Idaho Public Radio’s Rebecca Johnson has more. (:55)
Farhi says there are a lot of ways in which the White House and other federal agencies can use social media to bypass the press, and there’s a certain amount of resentment about that among reporters.
But Farhi also says the legal climate has become hostile because of all the leak investigations launched by the Obama Administration:
Farhi: “George Bush’s administration began some of these things, some of these prosecutions against leaks and the reporters who pursue those leaks, but the Obama Administration has picked up the ball and run with it, and they have had eight major national security leak prosecutions that have affected the media.”
Farhi says the current climate between reporters and the White House is something that has been building over the years. The key turning point, he says, was 9/11, and all of the security concerns that grew out of that.
For Idaho Public Radio, I’m Rebecca Johnson.