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(Fox News)   New report shows that the Obama administration has created a "chilling effect" on the free press unseen since...well, you already know who else had a chilling effect on the free press, so I'll just stop there   (foxnews.com) divider line 220
    More: Scary, Obama, Committee to Protect Journalists, Bush administration, open government, Espionage Act  
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2013-10-11 11:40:26 AM  
Of course you accuse the black guy of spending too much time chilling.
 
2013-10-11 11:43:46 AM  
Fox news complaining about freedom of the press? I don't know if I should laugh or cry....
 
2013-10-11 11:46:06 AM  
Fox News is a blind squirrel and this story is a nut.
 
2013-10-11 11:46:22 AM  
The press is totally less free, because reasons. Definitely. Ask them. They're all "Oh man, my freedom."
 
2013-10-11 11:46:33 AM  
Well, Hitler never took questions at his press conferences either!
 
2013-10-11 11:47:42 AM  
The Obama-Hitler is UPON US.
OMG.

/No. This is just Obama continuing and running with Bush II's policies.
 
2013-10-11 11:47:42 AM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Fox News is a blind squirrel and this story is a nut.


To move my butt to the dance floor.
 
2013-10-11 11:47:49 AM  
Not gonna give them the click- I assume this is as fair and balanced as you'd expect it to be?
 
2013-10-11 11:48:03 AM  
I think part of the problem is that people interpreted the idea of more transparency as "complete transparency and total immunity for literally ANY and EVERY leak."
 
2013-10-11 11:48:32 AM  
Fact: The press overwhelmly favors Republicans

Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

This isn't a new problem. The press has always favored the money and Republicans control most of the money.
 
2013-10-11 11:50:06 AM  
images.wikia.com

Yeah, that's right you'll stop right there.
 
2013-10-11 11:50:35 AM  
Meh.
 
2013-10-11 11:51:25 AM  
Harper?
 
2013-10-11 11:52:21 AM  
...Fox News has created a "pants-pissingly warm" effect on the free press unseen since...
 
2013-10-11 11:54:38 AM  
Fox news: "You can't trust any other news source besides us, because they are all horribly bias. But not us! You can totally trust us! Our founder Rupert Murdoch is a 82 year old guy married to a 44 old women. But we are the channel of American moral values! Now watch this commercial"
 
2013-10-11 11:55:07 AM  

Weaver95: Fox news complaining about freedom of the press? I don't know if I should laugh or cry....


It's an AP story.
 
2013-10-11 11:55:12 AM  
FTA: "government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press, "

Ugh, years ago when I did some government statistics for a state government. I had a reporter call me and ask me questions about some inaccuracies in the data. I thanked him, explained there error in the query, and went about fixing my query. A few days later there was a headline about a secret coverup to produce bad data to make such and such look better than it actually is, citing my data.

Ugh,
 
2013-10-11 11:55:18 AM  
Fox News sounds very concerned.
 
2013-10-11 11:56:06 AM  
To be fair, Obama has aggressively prosecuted more leakers than all other administrations combined....

Worst since Nixon, they say.

/I have no dog in this fight
 
2013-10-11 11:57:10 AM  

MindStalker: FTA: "government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press, "

Ugh, years ago when I did some government statistics for a state government. I had a reporter call me and ask me questions about some inaccuracies in the data. I thanked him, explained there error in the query, and went about fixing my query. A few days later there was a headline about a secret coverup to produce bad data to make such and such look better than it actually is, citing my data.

Ugh,


Everyone on Fark agrees that the press is generally terrible - unless that would undercut their arguments against the government.
 
2013-10-11 11:57:14 AM  
I thought it was more of a warming effect on the press.

fcit.usf.edu
 
2013-10-11 11:57:38 AM  
And it's an ASSOCIATED PRESS article at Fox News, not their story
 
2013-10-11 12:00:06 PM  

MindStalker: FTA: "government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press, "

Ugh, years ago when I did some government statistics for a state government. I had a reporter call me and ask me questions about some inaccuracies in the data. I thanked him, explained there error in the query, and went about fixing my query. A few days later there was a headline about a secret coverup to produce bad data to make such and such look better than it actually is, citing my data.

Ugh,


ACK!!!
 
2013-10-11 12:01:16 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-10-11 12:02:24 PM  
 Wow Fox must have completely changed their position on this subject. Normally they wouldn't be referencing such an article unless they were referring to the authors as traitors. At least under Bush they did.
 
2013-10-11 12:03:40 PM  
While the age of corporate news organizations has made traditional sources, beholden to both corporate and political interests, less useful, we still manage to find reliable news through a variety on non-traditional sources. Those sources are free, and continue to champion the free-press ideal.
 
2013-10-11 12:04:40 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: [img.fark.net image 612x612]


Are you farking kidding me?!
 
2013-10-11 12:09:03 PM  
Sooner or later the DPRK will stop writing their own news and start outsourcing their story-writing to Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity.
 
2013-10-11 12:10:10 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: [img.fark.net image 612x612]


Please tell me that bottom half of the image is shooped. Even if it's not, just tell me it is.
 
2013-10-11 12:10:22 PM  

jakomo002: To be fair, Obama has aggressively prosecuted more leakers than all other administrations combined....


Could you be any more racist??  Wow.  We get it, he's blah.
 
2013-10-11 12:10:26 PM  
We get it. He's black and you don't like him.
 
2013-10-11 12:10:41 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: [img.fark.net image 612x612]


...bwuh. ##NO CARRIER##
 
2013-10-11 12:11:54 PM  
Even NPR doesn't call Republicans on their bullshiat anymore.  These guys never turn off the projector.
 
2013-10-11 12:14:06 PM  

Bareefer Obonghit: Of course you accuse the black guy of spending too much time chilling.


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-11 12:14:07 PM  

HypnozombieX: Wow Fox must have completely changed their position on this subject. Normally they wouldn't be referencing such an article unless they were referring to the authors as traitors. At least under Bush they did.


Its an Associated Press story, carried by Fox...
 
2013-10-11 12:14:27 PM  
I read a bunch of the comments from the link. WTF is my problem?

Obama is Hitler? Hyperbole is the most awesome thing ever in the entire universe.
 
2013-10-11 12:15:05 PM  
Here is the original source document for those that don't want to give fox a click..

http://cpj.org/reports/2013/10/obama-and-the-press-us-leaks-surveill an ce-post-911.php
 
2013-10-11 12:15:46 PM  

Mr_Fabulous:


Chapelle is a precog!
 
2013-10-11 12:16:47 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: Here is the original source document for those that don't want to give fox a click..

http://cpj.org/reports/2013/10/obama-and-the-press-us-leaks-surveill an ce-post-911.php


Whatever.  Just another racist group peddling their racist agenda.
 
2013-10-11 12:17:20 PM  

GanjSmokr: Could you be any more racist??  Wow.  We get it, he's blah.



Dafuq you on about?

Inheriting a secretive post-9/11 government, Obama pursued more closed policies, rebuffing his promises of transparency, the report states. Six government workers and two contractors have been prosecuted with felony charges under the Espionage since 2009 for allegedly leaking information to the media, with more prosecutions in the pipelines. There have only been three similar prosecutions in all prior administrations.

6 plus 2 is more than 3, right?  Or does math hate black people?
 
2013-10-11 12:18:57 PM  

jakomo002: GanjSmokr: Could you be any more racist??  Wow.  We get it, he's blah.


Dafuq you on about?

Inheriting a secretive post-9/11 government, Obama pursued more closed policies, rebuffing his promises of transparency, the report states. Six government workers and two contractors have been prosecuted with felony charges under the Espionage since 2009 for allegedly leaking information to the media, with more prosecutions in the pipelines. There have only been three similar prosecutions in all prior administrations.

6 plus 2 is more than 3, right?  Or does math hate black people?


Common sense would dictate that you ask if there have been more leaks, hence more prosecution. Or different TYPES of leaks, as not all are created equal. Or perhaps evaluate whether the word "aggressive" meant anything in the context you used it.

Though the racist accusations are dumb and probably just trolling, of course.
 
2013-10-11 12:18:58 PM  
Translation: Obama isn't screwing up and giving us lots of good stories to phone in. How dare he do such effective Presidentin'!
 
2013-10-11 12:19:48 PM  

Weaver95: Fox news complaining about freedom of the press? I don't know if I should laugh or cry....


More of a case of "Hi Pot, meet Kettle."
 
2013-10-11 12:22:13 PM  
That "chilling effect" started after 9/11 when America freaked out and let the government do anything they wanted to fight terrorism.
 
2013-10-11 12:22:24 PM  
It's funny how the source of TFA is also the biggest evidence that it's bullshiat.
 
2013-10-11 12:23:15 PM  
It's a fair charge to lay at him. I may like the guy, but his record on this is pretty bad. I remember when the Snowden thing happened, there was an interview or press conference that was basically like, "This treasonous leak puts American lives in danger, and is completely legal, totally legitimate, and an inherently good thing... buuuuuuut maybe we can look at some of these policies if they're wrong?" It's pretty hypocritical to prosecute a guy for espionage because it was a "leak" not a "whistleblower," then turn around make changes based on that leak that wouldn't have happened prior to said leak.
 
2013-10-11 12:24:43 PM  

jakomo002: And it's an ASSOCIATED PRESS article at Fox News, not their story


AP is also a right-wing news organization.  Just not nearly as blatant about it as Fox.
 
2013-10-11 12:24:48 PM  
Fox News shouldn't have to worry. It's not like they employ real journalists.
 
2013-10-11 12:25:08 PM  
Don't let the Fox link fool you. This really is a thing.

"In the Obama administration's Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press,. The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post's investigation of Watergate." - Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post
 
2013-10-11 12:25:28 PM  

LasersHurt: Common sense would dictate that you ask if there have been more leaks, hence more prosecution. Or different TYPES of leaks, as not all are created equal. Or perhaps evaluate whether the word "aggressive" meant anything in the context you used it.


Okay:    "The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post's investigation of Watergate," writes Downie. "The 30 experienced Washington journalists at a variety of news organizations whom I interviewed for this report could not remember any precedent."...

In at least two of these cases, journalists' communications were seized by the department of justice. Broader awareness of government surveillance, in part thanks to the revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, has created a climate of fear for journalists. "I worry now about calling somebody because the contact can be found out through a check of phone records or e-mails," said veteran national security journalist R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity.
 
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