NYT, AP Boycott Holder's Off-Record Media Powwow
Meeting 'isn't appropriate' as outlets 'aggressively covering' scandal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 30, 2013 7:32 AM CDT
Updated May 30, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Justice Department.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Eric Holder just wants to talk to reporters, without worrying about any pesky reporting. The attorney general has called an off-the-record meeting with the Washington bureau chiefs of several major media outlets to discuss the Justice Department's handling of leak investigations, but two of the most major—the AP and the New York Times—say the "off-the-record" part is a deal-breaker. That kind of heart-to-heart "isn't appropriate" given that the paper "is aggressively covering the department's handling of leak investigations," the Times' executive editor tells the Huffington Post.

"We believe the meeting should be on the record, and we have said that to the attorney general's office," an AP spokesperson agreed. Other news outlets are likely to follow the Times' and AP's lead; the Huffington Post, for instance, also won't be attending. DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse lashed out against that trend on Twitter, saying that refusing to meet with Holder "kind of forfeits your right to gripe," drawing incredulous reactions from reporters; Dylan Byers from Politico just responded, "Jesus, Brad."

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Jun 3, 2013 5:06 PM CDT
You people that call Holder sleazy and all have no idea what you are talking about. Someone has been leaking information to that press. That information is considered confidential especially if the AG is going to use that information for prosecution. Just because you are a journalist does not give anyone the right to leak information. Funny, I do not see anyone complaining about what Rove did and then Bush pardoned him. Give me a break and stop having double standard
Jun 2, 2013 7:36 PM CDT
This guy is the sleaziest snake in the Obama den of vipers.
May 30, 2013 9:57 PM CDT
Nobody got hurt because of Watergate? Dorothy Hunt was the first wife of E. Howard Hunt. She was carrying $10,000, in her purse, when her plane crashed. 40 people died with her. Nixon's right-hand man, Chuck Colson, told TIME that the CIA had her killed. Nobody got hurt?