Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photographic and video evidence taken during the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Atlantic Wire interviews Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press, about the impetus behind the request.
“It’s about us saying we would like to make our own news judgements about news worthy material.”
“We’re not deciding in advance to publish this material,” he pledged. “We would like our journalists, who are working very hard, to see this material and then we’ll decide what’s publishable and what’s not publishable based on the possibly that it’s inflammatory.”
Ah. So it shouldn’t be up to the White House to decide whether or not the public should see this material — it should be up to the AP?