Kristof: Now is a Bad Time to Pick on Reporters

In case you were wondering what Nicholas Kristof thinks about the subpoena of his New York Times colleague James Risen earlier this week, he’s against it. He blogged this morning:

During the Bush administration, the issue came up several times, and there were hot disputes about whether news organizations should have revealed illegal wiretapping and other abuses. Overall, I think that history will suggest that news organizations were too restrained in reporting security abuses in that period; our problem was that we were more lapdogs than watchdogs. And if the Obama administration is going to start going after journalists, there couldn’t be a worse time to create a chilling effect. News organizations face a crisis in their business model, and the prospect of huge legal bills, hefty daily fines, and losing a reporter to jail becomes a real disincentive to the kind of edgy, aggressive reporting that we need more of. So come on, President Obama. How about a bit more change we can believe in?

 

Kristof: Now is a Bad Time to Pick on Reporters