“Freedom of the press” is a term that is quickly becoming more and more obsolete in the United States. The Obama administration continues to tighten is hold on the press as they limit interactions in the White House and prevent coverage that used to be standard. And trying to get around the walls that are being put up comes with severe consequences. According to CNN “The current administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under The Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined.” James Risen is among those being prosecuted after writing a chapter is his book “State of War” using classified information disclosed to him by a CIA official and then refusing to testify in a lawsuit against them for leaking the info.
More recently, Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page made stated that press freedom was being threatened more by the current administration than “any administration in American history.” Many others have agreed such as former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson saying that this has “the most secretive White House” she has ever dealt with or Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee who said this administration is “significantly worse than previous administrations.” Despite all that, James Risen has vowed to stop at nothing to continue his investigative journalism and just released a new book: “Pay Any Price”. However, not all journalists are willing to take that same oath.
There is no doubt that the limitations put in place by the administration are doing a good job serving their intended purpose: controlling what what the public sees behind closed doors.