The New York Times, which enthusiastically endorsed Barack Obama for reelection last year, did an about face on Wednesday when it condemned the Obama administration for its actions against Fox News reporter James Rosen:
With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible ‘co-conspirator’ in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.
The Times said that the administration has gone overboard in its zeal to muzzle insiders, citing as an example the revelation last week that the government had seized two months’ worth of the Associated Press phone records to try and determine the source of a leak about a foiled terrorist plot in Yemen. The Times concluded that the administration favors secrecy over a free press:
Obama administration officials often talk about the balance between protecting secrets and protecting the constitutional rights of a free press. Accusing a reporter of being a “co-conspirator,” on top of other zealous and secretive investigations, shows a heavy tilt toward secrecy and insufficient concern about a free press.
In addition to the Times, Dana Milbank and Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post both condemned the Obama administration for their actions, with Robinson saying that the President is wrong to criminalize journalists.
It has taken awhile, but now that it’s their ox that’s being gored, the mainstream media seems to have suddenly become aware that maybe the Obama administration can’t be trusted after all.