Journalists Blast 'Chilling' Seizure of AP's Records
From Fox to Daily Kos, they're furious
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2013 4:02 AM CDT
Updated May 14, 2013 6:03 AM CDT
The AP denounced the seizure in an angry letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

(Newser) – News that the government seized two months of phone records from the Associated Press has drawn blistering criticism of the White House from a wide variety of news organizations, Politico reports. Fox's Greta Van Susteren says the Justice Department's action "sounds like a dragnet to intimidate the media" instead of a criminal investigation, while CNN's John King said the move "sends a chilling message from the government to people in our business and the AP, I think, is justifiably outraged."

AP chief Gary Pruitt says the seizure, which may have been related to a story about a thwarted al-Qaeda terror plot in Yemen, is "a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of the Associated Press." White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, did his best to distance President Obama from the scandal, the Hill reports. "We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department," he said in a statement.

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right2dave
May 28, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
But can't "King Obama" do whatever he wants?
Sterling_Archer
May 14, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
This is ultimately the fault of the American voter. This is what we voted for; politicians (Republican and Democrat) that trample our rights in the name of "security". Those of you that try to down play this and pass the blame to the previous administration, or ignore the political origins of the Patriot act are being willfully ignorant. This story isn't a Democratic political scandal, or a hold over Republican scandal from the Bush administration. This is an American tragedy.
truesoy
May 14, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
It is probably unethical what the Justice Dept. did, but it is probably not illegal, or have we forgotten the Patriot Act, compliments of the Bush administration? This open the doors to all kinds of things, and you republicans, loved it. Or did you forget? Sincerely Truesoy