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Obama: Leak Investigations ‘May Chill Investigative Journalism’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
President Obama said Thursday that he is “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” In a major speech on national security, Obama said that the “Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks offers a recent example of the challenges involved in striking the right balance between our security and our open society.” TPM / LiveWire President Obama reiterated his support for a new media shield law to “guard against government over-reach” and has directed attorney general Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines with reporters. The Washington Times The president’s comments came as NBC News reported that Holder signed off on at least one of the controversial search warrants that identified a Fox News reporter as a “possible co-conspirator.” TVNewser During President Obama’s speech to the National Defense University, he was interrupted a handful of times by a protester who called for him to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As so often happens when there is a heckler, news coverage of the speech spent some time talking about the heckler rather than the meat of the speech itself.The Washington Post / Leonard Downie Jr. But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable. Read more
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Jonathan Martin is leaving Politico for The New York Times. Martin has been with Politico since its debut, back in 2007. Martin is joining the Times as a national political correspondent.
In a memo announcing the hire, Carolyn Ryan, the Times’ political editor, wrote, “Jonathan is a natural for the role: he has an unending passion for politics, an intrepid journalistic spirit and an astonishingly extensive Rolodex.”
Martin most recently served as senior political writer for Politico. He was their main reporter on the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaign trail. Before coming to Politico, Martin worked at The National Journal’s The Hotline and at The National Review.
Martin has also talked politics on a variety of networks, including NPR, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS and more.
Ryan’s full note is below.
TVNewser: CBSNews.com got a makeover because it was just feeling in a rut and not itself lately, you know?
AppNewser: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized for the Apple Map app being not up to par. He will also sit next to Steve Jobs’ grave for one month straight as a penance.
We’re totally bummed and a little jealous that we weren’t invited to today’s Martha Stewart blogging bonanza. Maybe we need to blog more about celebrities or politicians or cupcakes. Anyway! As we mentioned earlier Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin from Politico made an appearance and asked Martha how she felt about the prospect of having a president with no online savvy (“really weird” is the answer — video of the segment after the jump). We caught up with Ben Smith who told us the experience was “very fun.”
She is into the blogs, which was cool. Also, they gave us an excellent hot dog from the hot dog tasting that came after us.
Alas, all we got was this blog post. Video after the jump.