Trashing the “excessive secrecy” of the Bush administration, Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen far short of that promise. Former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie released their tough report at the Committee to Protect Journalists on the Obama administration’s tight control and aggressive prosecution of leaks. The first sentence: “In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press.”
What sets the Obama administration apart from others, said Downie, is not its attempt to control the media narrative but rather its shameless ability to do so.
“What’s significant here is the very sophisticated, very successful, very determined way they’ve gone about doing this,” Downie told The Nation magazine. “Most administrations aren’t very successful. This one has been very tightly disciplined.”