The New York Times Won’t Go to OTR Meeting With Eric Holder

The New York TimesThe New York Times has decided that it will not meet with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the way that the Department of Justice handles journalists during leak investigations.

Mr. Holder had announced that he would meet with the Washington Bureau chiefs of several major media organizations. The meeting, however, is off the record–a fact that Times executive editor Jill Abramson cited in her announcement that the Times would not attend. 

“We will not be attending the session at DOJ. It isn’t appropriate for us to attend an off the record meeting with the attorney general. Our Washington bureau is aggressively covering the department’s handling of leak investigations at this time,” Ms. Abramson said in a statement. “Evidently, there will be a future session with department officials on the substance of how the law should be applied in leak cases and I am hopeful that our counsel, David McCraw will be able to participate in that meeting.”