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Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Isham’

ABC News Reporter Served As FBI Informant

The Center for Public Integrity reports that a senior journalist at ABC News served as a confidential informant to the FBI in the mid-1990′s.

In the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, ABC News received a tip that Iraq was behind the terrorist attack. The FBI got the ABC reporter to reveal their source, and proceeded to add them to the bureau’s informant database.

“If true, it would certainly be of grave concern to us that the FBI would have created an informant file based on information gleaned from a reporter,” [ABC spokesperson Jeffrey] Schneider said. “It certainly would be very troubling for the FBI to recruit a news employee as a confidential source.

“It can create a perception of collusion between the government and the news organization. It would put journalists everywhere at risk if people believed that journalists are acting as government agents. And it could raise the specter of the government trying to spy on a news organization,” he added.

Update: Gawker claims to know who the informant was.
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More on the Feinberg Controversy

There’s another update in the controversy involving an interview with “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg and the White House’s alleged attempt to block Fox from the sit-down set up with the pool.

While the AP reported “The White House said Fox had not asked for an interview,” Foxnews.com now reports:

“Of course we requested the interview,” Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said, responding to reports citing the White House as claiming it had excluded Fox News from a series of interviews Thursday with Kenneth Feinberg set up through the five-network TV pool.

Clemente also said that the White House had acknowledged that an employee at the Treasury Department made a mistake in initially excluding Fox.

Clemente also told Mediaite: “It was a very absolutely clear attempt to leave Fox out.” Update: Mediaite also reported, “CBS News D.C. bureau chief Christopher Isham also serves as the pool chair. He tells Mediaite he convened a conference call and all the bureau chiefs agreed they were not comfortable with excluding one of the members of the pool in a pool interview.” Neither CBS nor Isham has commented further on the call or the nature of the network’s discomfort.

Previously:

White House Refutes Claims It Tried to Block Fox from Feinberg Interview

Networks Refuse Interview After White House Denies Fox

Pres. Obama Gives Condolences to Chip Reid on the Death of Reid’s Father

reid_4-2.jpgThe final question at today’s Obama news conference in London went to CBS News’ Chip Reid. When Pres. Obama called on Reid, he said, “My heart goes out to you.”

“Thank you very much Mr. President, I appreciate that, I really do,” said Reid, before asking his question.

TVNewser has learned Reid’s father has passed away. We’ll report more as we get it.

> Update: A note from CBS’ DC bureau chief Christopher Isham, after the jump…

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