AP Scandal Fallout: Obama Asks for Press Shield Law
Chuck Schumer to introduce bill at White House's behest
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 15, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
Chuck Schumer makes a point during a markup session, on Capitol Hill, May 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Chuck Schumer re-introduced his media-protection bill today at the White House's request, as the administration reels from the AP phone record scandal. The bill, called the Free Flow of Information Act, would make it so that journalists couldn't be compelled to reveal their sources until all other options are exhausted, and even then only if the exposure is in the public interest, the Washington Post reports.

Of course, the bill includes a national security exemption, or at least a 2009 version that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee did, Politico points out, and Eric Holder has argued that the leak the Justice Department was investigating in the AP case had national security implications. But Schumer says that, if nothing else, the bill "would have ensured a fairer, more deliberate process in this case."

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Flyer3237
May 16, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
This is what Obama refers to as transparency within his administration! Just like the unemployment figures where he differentiates between people looking for work and people his administration deems out of work but not actively seeking employment!
Ucantusethatname
May 16, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
How about a law to put a shield atop Schumer's mouth, a perennial blowhard.
kawahchan
May 16, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: The House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER of Ohio is leading ALL-class of American people nationwide are READY to accept the RESIGNING interim Barack Obama presidency leaving White House and a 3.xx-year of Joe Biden temporarily term before handover to the 2016 Conservative Republican RICK PERRY administration in White House.