Holder is all for journalistic rights – until they interfere

How ironic: Attorney General Eric Holder thinks the Justice Department ought to have full access to how journalists report the news, and even to some reporters’ personal communications. But he does not believe the American public has a right to know what is said during meetings planned between government officials and news media representatives.

Holder’s snoops have unconstitutionally looked at journalists’ phone records and e-mail messages, it has been revealed. The attorney general apparently hopes a feel-good meetings among journalists and DOJ staff, held recently, will smooth all that over. But Holder wanted the meeting to be off the record.

Some news organizations, including The Associated Press, balked at that. Good for them. A few others did not, and sent representatives to the meeting. As it turned out, they talked about what was said.

Journalists who rejected Holder’s attempt to keep a lid on the meeting were right to do so. The public has a right to know everything he and his staff have to say about unconstitutional harassment of journalists.

President Obama may have promised the most transparent administration in history. But it’s clear that either his real intent didn’t match the promises or key players he surrounded himself with did not get the memo.