McClatchy Washington bureau chief James Asher says his organization won’t attend a planned meeting between news organizations and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The Department of Justice is reaching out to news organizations to discuss its guidelines for seeking phone and email records from journalists.
“They don’t help us inform the public,” Asher said of off-the-record meetings in a phone interview with Poynter. “This one seems designed mostly to make a public relations point and not a substantive one. If the government wants to justify its pursuit of journalists, they ought to do it in public.”
Other news organizations have also declined. (The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone is keeping a running tally of who’s in and who’s out.)
“It isn’t appropriate for us to attend an off the record meeting with the attorney general,” Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson told The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone.… Read more