Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
CNN Senior Producer Carol Cratty
Updated at 7:21 a.m. ET on Thursday 5/30
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder’s plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.
The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. “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,” said Erin Madigan White, the AP’s media relations manager.
The New York Times is taking the same position. “It isn’t appropriate for us to attend an off-the-record meeting with the attorney general,” executive editor Jill Abramson said in a statement.
Like the New York Times and the Associated Press, CNN will decline the invitation for an off-the-record meeting. A CNN spokesperson says if the meeting with the attorney general is on the record, CNN would plan to participate.
Even the purpose of this meeting, as described by CNN, sounds Big-Brother-ish. I wonder if this refusal by so many large MSM outlets signals more than just an, “I won’t go there,” moment. It would have to be a very large and loud bus, but … well … it’s a pleasant image. My face won’t be turning blue.