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Is This the ‘Most Secretive White House’ in U.S. History?

jillabramsonThat bold claim came forth last week, loaded with ire directed at one President Barack Obamaif that’s his real name [cue the Law & Order doink doink].

The vitriolic assertion ruffled a few feathers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but it wasn’t some run of the mill “I-am-pissed-because-that’s-not-the-dude-I-supported” complaint—it came straight from New York Times editor Jill Abramson, as seen in the snazzy screen shot to your left.

ICYMI: Abramson was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera America‘s John Seigenthaler (former Washington bureau chief for the NYT) when she threw out this statement:

It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering…I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

And that led to this

Given the recent ballyhoo about the NSA, the quote got a skosh more attention that it should have—particularly from one Jay Carney, the formerly bearded but still-current White House press secretary.

Carney, being the head flack-in-charge of all things secretive, called up his pal George Snuffleupagus of This Week with George Stephanopoulos fame because he took exception with that blanket statement. His 4:50-ish clip is below stuffed with fanciful terms like “extraordinary amount of information” and “access to reporters every day”. But then again, he also said HealthCare.gov was the shiznit, so he might be protecting his own interests here.

We blog. You decide.


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