D.C. Bureau Chiefs Aren’t Interested in Holder’s Off-the-Record Meeting
By Abby Ohlheiser
The Justice Department’s hearts and minds campaign to the media just hit a snag: The Associated Press and the New York Times have refused to attend a meeting with Eric Holder on law enforcement and the first amendment, because the department wants the session to be off the record. Given that the AP and the New York Times were both recently the subjects of DOJ leaks investigations that involved subpoenas for communication records of journalists, it’s kind of hard to blame them.
News broke on the specifics of the planned meetings earlier today, which were also referenced in Obama’s big national security speech last week. Apparently the DOJ reached out to the Washington bureau chiefs of several major news outlets, inviting them to a meeting with Holder on the current rules governing federal leaks investigations. But the department wants to keep the newsworthy meeting off the record.