Buzbee’s list includes how no press can cover the fight against Islamic militants since there are no embeds who can even cover bombers taking off. Press access to meetings with foreign leaders has significantly declined, she writes, and information about Guantanamo and the 9/11 trial, including information the George W. Bush administration regularly distributed, is now kept secret. Sources are more afraid than ever to speak to reporters, even about simple transportation safety facts. FOIAs are under siege, Buzbee writes, and the administration even uses it as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing. And, the administration is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out.
Is this really what Obama voters cast their ballots for in 2008 and 2012? And if not, why aren’t more of them protesting the administration’s policies?