AP CEO: Some of our trusted govt sources are getting “nervous and anxious” about talking to us after DOJ probe

posted at 4:01 pm on June 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While we all eagerly await what I’m sure will be the compelling results of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Department of Justice’s secret seizure of the phone records of the professional and personal phone calls of Associated Press reporters last year, due to land on President Obama’s desk by July 12th, the AP chief Gary Pruitt had some words on Wednesday for the DOJ and the effect their sketchy behavior has had on reporters simply attempting to do their jobs. The DOJ violated their own rules with their too-broad seizure, he said, and should have provided the AP the chance to help the DOJ narrow the scope of their subpoena. Via Politico:

“There was never that opportunity,” Pruitt said during a speech at the National Press Club in D.C. “Instead the DoJ acted as judge, jury and executioner in private, in secret.” …

“The actions of the DOJ against AP are already having an impact beyond the specifics of this particular case,” he said. “Some of our longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking to us, even about stories that aren’t about national security. In some cases, government employees that we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone, and some are reluctant to meet in person.”

“This chilling effect is not just at the AP, it’s happening at other news organizations as well,” Pruitt added.

While the AP is not going to be “intimidated,” by the DoJ’s action, he said, “our sources will be.”

BuzzFeed adds the money line: “The government may love this. I suspect that they do… But beware the government that loves secrecy too much.” Real talk.

President Obama and the White House have been defending their War On Leaks and journalist-intimidation tactics, and while the DOJ’s eventual report might perhaps have some kind of mealy-mouthed admission about this particular case being slightly mishandled somehow (but by who exactly, I doubt we’ll ever know), but Holder has already signalled that they really don’t have any plans to change their aggressive prosecution of leaks. So, that’s nice.


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All I have to say is The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.

That’s what you get, AP sycophants, for carrying the POS’s water for the past five years and not doing your jobs.

Now he doesn’t need you and your entire industry is toast.

Karma is a Bytch.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

“If you break it, you own it”

pain train on June 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

“This chilling effect is not just at the AP, it’s happening at other news organizations as well,” Pruitt added.

Uh this is exactly what was supposed to happen. Why would anyone be suprised by it? I mean seriously.

Johnnyreb on June 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Get back to me when you will admit you should have known. When a guy gets the sealed child custody court records of his opponent and splashes them all over the front page, it should have been a clue. I still wonder what you aren’t telling us because you still like him or you don’t want to appear any more stupid than you do now.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Then it worked…Obama got what he wanted, and AP and others helped him achieve what he wanted.

Now they have a choice, attack or run with their tail between their legs…I bet the tail between the legs.

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Welcome to Obama’s police state USSA.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

A bit late to be honest with yourself AP.

I guess better late than never, but you did yourself in earlier.

Jabberwock on June 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

“Instead the DoJ acted as judge, jury and executioner in private, in secret.” …

The policies of fascist liberals bites the hand that feeds.

antipc on June 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

But hey, Obama knows nothing. He’d either one of the Three Monkeys of Oblivion, or the “smahhtest presidnet evah”, but not both.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The AP lived in Obama’s azz and they were poisoned. Couldn’t happen to a ‘nicer’ bunch.

Still, Obama has changed the world in ways the left will never recover from.

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Dear AP,

Payback is a futhermucker.

Signed,
Been There Done That

Neo-journalism, blogging is a relevant forms of news-delivery that can be performed by any person. News gathering can be taught. News value can be taught. Interviewing can be taught. Education and training are available for free online. All one needs is a copy-editor. People are not limited to three major newswires.

Now there are thousands. And there’s more money in it for good reporters now too. That’s the real threat to the AP business model.

Madison Conservative could easily give most journalists a run for their money. Many others here too. When advertisers stop funding AP, Reuters and UPI excessively, bloggers will see more of that money.

Then it’s all over.

neo-journalism

Capitalist Hog on June 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

This will have zero impact because “journalists” don’t actually investigate things anymore.

The best was even National Review sending a troll “reporter” to snark and make fun of the IRS tax protestors via twitter today.

There are no journalism outlets left.

tetriskid on June 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

In some cases, government employees that we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone, and some are reluctant to meet in person.”

Yeah, Mr . Pruitt, they don’t want to meet in person either. That’s because the use of drones is very narrowly focused on particularized cases and particularized needs. Like you.

Welcome to Progressive America.

Curtiss on June 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

All by design.

rbj on June 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Since I quit taking most anything the AP reported as news years ago I’m having a hard time feeling any sympathy. The staged palestinian suffering was my last straw and that was when Bush was still in office. man that seems like a loooong time ago.

DanMan on June 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Nothing. NOTHING is going to happen throughout any of these charades/investigations.

The last line of defense against tyranny are States protecting citizens’ rights through each Governor and the power of their State’s attorney. An example is the States’ lawsuit over nO-care.

States attorneys can file suit against the fed when that states’ citizens rights have been violated.

The States have to take back their constitutional authority that they’ve collectively ceded to the Fed over the past century.

The fight in D.C. is over.

LetsBfrank on June 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

This is the equivalent of a whore telling the man to stop it until he pays her more money…and than claiming rape.

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Wow, just think if they hadn’t been swallowing his spiel for the past 6+ years. I wonder what would happen if they started acting like journalists and started reporting on him instead of for him.

They better watch themselves, don’t want any three letter organization combing though every crevis of their personal lives now do they.

Serves them right.

D-fusit on June 19, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Since when do left wing political activists like AP get intimidated by Big Government?

What a bunch of sissies.

LetsBfrank on June 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

And yet the AP will still shamelessly shill for him…

blue13326 on June 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

This is the equivalent of a whore telling the man to stop it until he pays her more money…and than claiming rape.

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I have much more respect for whores than I do for the lsm. At least whores have some purpose in this world.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Now would be an opportune time for AP to release all the bad stories they’ve been sitting on about Obama and his minions. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

neyney on June 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Got the below in a comment from a very leftist site on this topic. Telling and finally at least one very professed Liberal has woken up:

Thus, the worst of the Bush Junta’s policies of tyranny were not only continued, not only expanded, but codified into the fabric of America. At a time when America needed Democrats/Liberals to be what they claim to be, they fell under the spell of power, and forfeited their identity, along with HOPE to CHANGE what had gone so horribly wrong.

Johnnyreb on June 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Now would be an opportune time for AP to release all the bad stories they’ve been sitting on about Obama and his minions.
neyney on June 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

You were kidding, right?

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

When a guy gets the sealed child custody court records of his opponent and splashes them all over the front page, it should have been a clue.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

And, when the media publishes said records and doesn’t do any investigation into how they got released……..

GWB on June 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Got the below in a comment from a very leftist site on this topic. Telling and finally at least one very professed Liberal has woken up:

Thus, the worst of the Bush Junta’s policies of tyranny were not only continued, not only expanded, but codified into the fabric of America. At a time when America needed Democrats/Liberals to be what they claim to be, they fell under the spell of power, and forfeited their identity, along with HOPE to CHANGE what had gone so horribly wrong.
Johnnyreb on June 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Forget about it. Brief moment of clarity. It’s like a prostitute complaining after her pimp beats her up. The pimp tells her he really loves her and all is well. obama is a pimp and the lsm are his whores.

VegasRick on June 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Now would be an opportune time for AP to release all the bad stories they’ve been sitting on about Obama and his minions. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

neyney on June 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Haa!! They don’t have any, all they have are accomplishments and admiring articles…

You don’t get it, they don’t see any “bad”, it doesn’t exist in their world.

Spend some time and read the book “Bias” written by Bernie Goldberg, and you will see, they don’t do it because they are “hiding”, they actually don’t live in a world where they see anything “bad” or wrong.

right2bright on June 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

So, the media is shocked to discover that the party that interned Japanese-Americans during WWII is using strong-armed tactics.

Dexter_Alarius on June 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

They turned a blind eye to Obama’s repeated abuses of power because they liked his agenda and they loved how cool it all was. Now they’re butt hurt because he did it to them. Apparently they are having a hard time figuring it all out. It’s not clear they will ever grasp the role they themselves played in enabling him, or question the character of the man who betrayed them.

novaculus on June 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

And this is how liberty dies. Intimidate whistleblowers, hide everything, lie, fire or compromise all the Inspectors General, stop passing budgets, gridlock Congress, appoint people even when Congress is in recess — all of this is by design, to keep us in the dark about what they are doing to us with our own money.

This Administration has effectively repealed the Fourth Amendment, they are trying to overtly repeal the Second, and now they are neutralizing the First Amendment. It’s all well and good to say “nyah nyah, you asked for it” to the AP, but this is really serious stuff for all of us.

rockmom on June 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Imagine: newspaper people will have to become journalists again. It seems being a mere propagandist demands more than it at first glance.

MTF on June 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

GWB on June 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

They have been pretty much scum for years. They only think they should look down their noses at the National Enquire when they are actually eye to eye intellectual midgets.

Cindy Munford on June 19, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Nice of you to finally wake up AP..maybe you can now be critical of this administration..oh wait..way too much to ask of the state run news agency

sadsushi on June 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM