“[A]dministration spokesmen are often unresponsive or hostile to press inquiries . . . . Despite President Barack Obama’s repeated promise that his administration would be the most open and transparent in American history, reporters and government transparency advocates said they are disappointed by its performance in improving access to the information they need.
“‘This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered,’ said David E. Sanger, veteran chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.”
—Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor, The Washington Post, in special report for the Committee to Protect Journalists, “The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America,” Oct. 10, 2013.
• Editorial Comment: Hope for change.
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