I recently published a post on the media's turn away from its relatively Pro-Bama posture. The White House recently received a first-hand taste of this as revelations of government monitoring have seemingly put the media in a state of revolt. From CNN:
"Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.
The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. "If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," said Erin Madigan White, the AP's media relations manager.
The New York Times is taking the same position. "It isn't appropriate for us to attend an off-the-record meeting with the attorney general," executive editor Jill Abramson said in a statement.
Like the New York Times and the Associated Press, CNN will decline the invitation for an off-the-record meeting. A CNN spokesperson says if the meeting with the attorney general is on the record, CNN would plan to participate.
The Huffington Post's Washington bureau chief, Ryan Grim, also said he will not attend unless the meeting is on the record. "A conversation specifically about the freedom of the press should be an open one. We have a responsibility not to betray that," Grim told CNN."
One of the keys to a strong democracy (or republic) is an independent media. It is disappointing that it has taken affronts to the sanctity of journalistic integrity to ensure that the media is looking at the current administration with a critical eye, but it is positive nonetheless...