New York Times reporter: Obama the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

The Constitution explicitly states that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”, and yet under the Obama administration there have been numerous efforts to go after leaks and whistleblowers. TheBlaze’s For The Record has reported extensively on the administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers, and now more journalists are speaking out. Over the weekend,The New York Times’ Jim Risen called President Obama “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation” in an interview with liberal NYT columnist Maureen Dowd.

According to the article, Attorney General Eric Holder has been pursing Risen for over six years, pressuring him to expose a source for his 2006 book about a botched CIA intelligence operation that may have resulted in Iran obtaining nuclear secrets. The original subpoena, issued by the Bush administration, expired in 2009. Many were surprised to see it renewed by the Obama administration, but the White House and the Justice Department’s crackdown on whistleblowers and leaks has become the rule rather than the exception.

The federal government first pursued Risen for his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting of the Bush administration’s warrantless wire-tapping after 9/11. Risen is being targeted under the Espionage Act, which the Obama administration has used seven times to crack down on whistleblowers.

“It’s hypocritical,” Risen told Dowd. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” (emphasis added)

Glenn read the story over the weekend, and posted his response on Facebook Monday morning. He said, “This is an important op-ed from The New York Times. Let’s hope that the press cares about the usurpations of all of the rights of man as much as they do with one of their own. We must care about the violations of these rights with all men and maybe even more so about those who are most different from us.”

  • tonybigs

    If the government was transparent, then the government would know the source of the “leak” along with everyone else. “Selective transparency” isn’t transparency at all.

  • WinChll

    when govt infringes on the rights of free speech, a tyranny exists. But it’s happened before; Lincoln, Wilson, FDR come to mind. Recently we can add Bush and Obama via the patriot act and NDAA. Just gotta wonder when they start rounding up people. It will happen, make no mistake. When? Who knows, but these changes always take place slowly so as not to alarm the masses lest they wake up too fast.

    Stalin had gulags, Hitler had concentration/work camps, here we have fema camps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWMIwziGrAQ

  • Bonnie Somer

    ABOUT TIME SOMEONE CAME OUT OF THE SHELL AND SAID IT
    YES OBAMA IS HE IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM OF EVERYTHING AROUND THE WORLD
    LOOK AT CHRISTIANS AND JEWS BEING PERSECUTED AND HE IS GOLFING HIS IDEOLOGY CANNOT BE CHANGED
    WE THE PEOPLE NOW MUST DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO

    • Lucy Farrah DeMonique

      Good point despite your use of caps lock!

      • Bonnie Somer

        i use caps to make a point

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    When even the New York Times is saying this about a liberal president you know it is a lot worse than he is letting on.

  • RockyMtn1776

    The New York Slimes printed this ? This reporter won’t have a job for long. This paper did everything in it’s power to get Obama elected, everything from bribes to lies and now he has turned on the media. Live with it pal, YOU helped get this fraud elected !!

    • Today22011

      New York Times — the mouth of the Dem. Party.
      So is NYT waking to what they created?
      Or fear of being on the loosing side in November ?

    • ken.

      the thing about leftists is that they throw each other under the bus not only to protect their agenda and position of power but also to step up into a higher position. one of their sayings is ” if you want a friend, get a dog ” this is why leftist dictators are paranoid, they are always looking over their shoulders wondering who is going to take them out. look at kim jong and old hugo chavez as examples.

    • Lucy Farrah DeMonique

      “New York Slimes” is so wonderfully appropriate. Way to go, babe!

  • Joseph Chatfield

    This country going to see a civil war or a revolution or world war 3 one of three is going to happen

    • Bat Masterson

      You need to find a relaxing hobby. Fox propaganda has destroyed a generation. Search engine it.

  • landofaahs

    Well Jim, I can only say “Too soon old too late smart”.

  • ReformSchool

    Watch for the push to insert the National Guard into St. Louis. Obama’s White House is not without influence in the MO State Police, via the DOJ-administered gravy-train. Declaration of Martial Law is never pretty. Be Afraid. Be VERY Afraid!

  • ken.

    obama is the greatest enemy of all freedoms, so are the democrats and rino’s.

    • Bat Masterson

      “. .” Power!

  • 2 IT too

    The CFR front NYT engaging, yet again,
    in 90’s show Polish Joke understatement.

    For still capable of heeding anything,
    —————–RED CHINA handover TREASON was PULLED OFF
    ——–WE are NOW under OPEN globalist MAFIA USURPATION.

    • Bat Masterson

      Funny to see a lunatic on a site where a soulless human pretends to be a lunatic to become extremely wealthy.

  • Bat Masterson

    It all is laid out plain for all to see if you watch the youtube video called ABOUT THAT OBAMA FLY.

  • mikeandle

    Today’s liberalism is basically communism. Without the manifesto.