Eric Holder Should Condemn James Clapper Calling Journalists 'Accomplices'
from the and-obama-should-fire-clapper dept
"The Department has not prosecuted, and as long as I’m attorney general, will not prosecute any reporter for doing his or her job," Holder told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.He has further stated (in a separate Congressional hearing) that the DOJ is already using these new guidelines, which make it clear they are not to target journalists.
DOJ's goal, Holder said, is to "identify and prosecute government officials who jeopardize national security by violating their oaths, not to target members of the press or discourage them from carrying out their vital work."
And then Clapper makes his idiotic statement.
That leaves open the obvious question, asked by Trevor Timm at the Freedom of the Press Foundation: will Eric Holder condemn Clapper's remarks?
If Holder wants to stay true to his word, the Justice Department should repudiate Clapper’s remark immediately. Journalists do not become “accomplices” or “co-conspirators” by reporting newsworthy information. They’re just good journalists.Oh yeah, and this:
Journalism is not a crime. On the other hand, lying to Congress is.