“You take that back this minute, James Risen. Do you hear me?”
The above quote, by Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, is hypothetical. Her choice of words might have been less parental-sounding. But the probability that the publication’s top banana read the riot act to reporter James Risen, Pulitzer or no Pulitzer, is very high.
Risen was on a panel of VIPs — very important pressmen — who provided insights on the press, government, and national security at a conference in New York on March 21.
Andrew Beaujon of Poynter was in attendance and reports that Risen said that the Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation. [The administration wants to] narrow the field of national security reporting [to] create a path for accepted reporting.” [Emphasis added]
Actually, the likelihood that Abramson reprimanded Risen at all is zilch considering that she herself said in January, “This is the most secretive White House I have ever dealt with.”