To say that the Obama administration is having its worst P.R. week ever, wouldn’t be too far from the truth, as Tuesday, it was reported that the Department of Justice had been secretly collecting incoming and outgoing call data from at least 20 phone lines of Associated Press bureaus around the country for two months last year.
Earlier Tuesday morning, the bombshell news was met with indignation from members of the media all over the country and a sternly worded protest letter from AP President and C.E.O., Gary Pruitt, to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“We regard this action by the Department of Justice as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news,” Pruitt wrote. “While we evaluate our options we urgently request that you immediately return to the AP the telephone toll records that the Department subpoenaed and destroy all copies.”
Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Andrew Beaujon, a senior online reporter at the Poynter Institute, to discuss the story.
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He also spoke with Angela Greiling-Keane, president of the National Press Club, to talk more about the issue.
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