Why Are Press Freedoms Taking a Hit under the Obama Administration?

James Risen has a good theory:

New York Times reporter James Risen said Sunday that none of the current leak investigations would be happening if President Barack Obama did not hate the media so much, the Morning Sentinel of Maine reports.

“I don’t think any of this would be happening under the Obama administration if Obama didn’t want to do it,” Risen said at Colby College in Maine after he received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy award for journalism. “I think Obama hates the press. I think he doesn’t like the press and he hates leaks.”

Risen could face jail time for refusing to reveal his sources about a failed CIA operation, though Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama have indicated Risen will not go to jail.

Of course, it ought to go without saying that Risen’s prosecution by the Justice Department is nothing short of despicable, and that it would not be happening if the so-called “most transparent administration in history” actually were transparent.