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Associated Press will not attend off-the-record DOJ session


5/29/13 7:04 PM EDT

The Associated Press says it will not attend this week's off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder unless the Justice Department decides to change its mind and conduct the meeting on the record.

"We believe the meeting should be on the record and we have said that to the Attorney General’s office. If it is on the record, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll will attend. If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," AP spokesperson Erin Madigan said in a statement sent to POLITICO. "We would expect AP attorneys to be included in any planned meetings between the Attorney General’s office and media lawyers on the legal specifics."

The AP's decision comes over an hour after The New York Times announced that it would not be attending the meeting, citing concerns about the DOJ's off-the-record provision.

"We will not be attending the session at DOJ. It isn’t appropriate for us to attend an off the record meeting with the attorney general. Our Washington bureau is aggressively covering the department’s handling of leak investigations at this time," Jill Abramson, the Times' executive editor, said in a statement. Abramson said the paper's legal counsel would attend a future session on the legal aspects of leak cases.

The Justice Department announced this week that it was contacting Washington bureau chiefs from major national news organizations to set up a meeting with Attorney General Holder to discuss changes to the department's guidelines for subpoenas of reporters. On Wednesday, The Huffington Post reported that those meetings would be conducted off-record, meaning the bureau chiefs would not be free to report on Holder's remarks.

The AP reported on May 13 that the DOJ had "secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors" in what it's chief executive described as a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into its news gathering operations. A Washington Post report later revealed that the DOJ had also monitored Fox News reporters as part of a different investigation.

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Re: Associated Press will not attend off-the-record DOJ session
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 09:33:44 PM »
Good for them... Ailes should not go, either.
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Re: Associated Press will not attend off-the-record DOJ session
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 10:59:29 PM »
Off-the-record discussions about matters of grave public concern?  From the "most transparent administration in history"?  Even the NYT manages to do something right from time to time and this is definitely one of those times.  Seems to me the Obama (mal)administration thought it was going to have another circle-the-wagons meeting with its lapdog media.
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Re: Associated Press will not attend off-the-record DOJ session
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2013, 07:20:20 AM »
Memo to the administration.

The media put you there and has covered for you. Pissing them off is probably not a good idea.
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