Brad Woodhouse wins the Lyle & Erik Menendez Chutzpah Award

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Zsa Zsa’s Huffpoop:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to meet this week with the Washington bureau chiefs of several major media outlets to discuss the Justice Department’s guidelines for dealing with journalists in leak investigations.

It’s not yet certain exactly when the meeting (or meetings) will take place, but a Justice Department official confirmed to The Huffington Post that it would be sometime over the next two days. Politico’s Mike Allen reported Wednesday morning that the DOJ began contacting bureau chiefs on Tuesday. The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief, Ryan Grim, also has been contacted.

The news of a meeting between Holder and the bureau chiefs comes amid widespread criticism from journalists and civil liberties advocates over the DOJ’s seizure of Associated Press phone records and an accusation that Fox News reporter James Rosen could be part of a criminal conspiracy for his reporting.

The fact that Holder is meeting with the bureau chiefs is on the record, but Nanda Chitre, acting director of the DOJ’s public affairs office, confirmed to The Huffington Post that the meeting itself will be off the record. Media organizations, however, will surely want such a newsworthy meeting with the attorney general to be on the record, and it remains to be seen if they will agree to meet under off-the-record ground rules.


UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. — New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said in a statement to The Huffington Post that her paper will not attend the Holder meeting, citing the off-the-record ground rules.

Which leads us to this:

If you agree to meet “off-the-record” with a government official who isn’t a whistleblower, you aren’t a journalist, you are a media whore.

My apologies to any real whores who take offense to this post.

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27 Responses to Brad Woodhouse wins the Lyle & Erik Menendez Chutzpah Award

  1. t says:

    My apologies to any real whores who take offense to this post.

    Weeeeee forgiiiiiiive youuuuu….

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Ace of Spades:

    The AP will also not attend Eric Holder’s Secret Briefing on Government Openness. Via Politico:

    “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.”

    • fif says:

      Wow, how refreshing to see some actual boundaries!!! It took a threat of criminal prosecution of one of their own to get their frickin’ attention.

  3. Holding breath to see if msm really means it this time, or are just teasing EH for fun.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Profiles in Craven Cowardice:

    Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, said, “I prefer that any meeting be on the record. That said, journalists routinely participate in off-the-record sessions, whether they prefer those conditions or not, and then continue to report on events. I am going to this meeting in order to represent our interests as journalists and to raise our concerns. I’ll also listen to what the Attorney General has to say. I trust that our journalists will report on this as vigorously as they would any other subject.”…

    Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief of the Huffington Post, said, “Off-the-record would not fly. … I don’t need to go in there with a tape recorder and wiretap the meeting. But I imagine I’m free to talk about what’s said in there.”…

    What will likely happen here is a classic and most absurd game: Attendees at the meeting — both media reps and Justice Department officials — will give rundowns to reporters who were not in attendance, likely on background (i.e., for publication but without their names attached). News pieces will be pieced together on such sourcing. The low point: Reporters could well end up quoting their own bosses as “sources.” A total embarrassment, in other words.

    • fif says:

      I trust that our journalists will report on this as vigorously as they would any other subject.”…

      Yea, that’s what we’re afraid of.

  5. This via a neighbor. By our experience the French are spot on with this one and US medicine is bonkers. We raised a disabled child using the Feingold Diet (controlling sugars, coloring agents, etc.,) and used Ritalin to wake up his mind each day so he could function and flourish – which he did. (This was during the time R was supposed to impede physical stature and Feingold was supposed to be a quack). Child grew up to be 6-2 and run the Portland Marathon and at the Special Olympics World Games. So now I have to rethink my predisposition to belittle surrender monkeys.

    • elliesmom says:

      A lot of the symptoms of ADHD are exacerbated by a school routine. The hardest parts of the day for most kids are dealing with the transitions from one activity to another. When they enter the phase of school that’s controlled by bells ringing, many of them run into more difficulty. When they’re allowed to finish a task to completion, there’s huge difference in behavior. When I taught high school, we had a schedule where some classes met for longer time periods fewer times a week. I had one student who apparently had severe ADHD. Other teachers asked me how I managed with him in a 90 minute class, but he wasn’t particularly difficult. I didn’t expect any of the kids to stay in their seats for the whole class, and he had time to settle in and complete a lesson. I doubt many home schooled kids are diagnosed as ADHD if they never enter public school because the behavior never manifests itself strong enough.

      • yttik says:

        I totally agree. In fact, I almost think there has to be something wrong with you in order to fit into that environment.

        • myiq2xu says:

          School is a very regimented place similar to working in a factory. You have to perform on someone else’s schedule. That works fine for some people.

          I’m not a morning person. Don’t expect my best until after lunch.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    I had to read this three times before I got it:

  7. myiq2xu says:
  8. these off the record media events are getting incestuous. How stupid do they think we are that we’re not watching them discredit themselves?

    More on Michele Bachmann:

  9. yttik says:

    “My apologies to any real whores who take offense to this post…’

    I know, right? At least they work for a living. These media lap dogs have no redeeming qualities.

  10. gumsnapper says:

    It’s just been reported that the AP is also refusing to meet with Holder if it’s off-the-record.

    • yttik says:

      Wait, you mean there might be some things the media won’t do?

      Nah…I don’t believe it.

  11. wmcb says:

    This is the kind of crap that will actually give ammunition and credence to some very nasty nationalist and Neo-Nazi groups in Europe. When people feel cornered and unprotected, they WILL respond badly. It’s human nature.

    The entire premise of the authorities, both in Europe and here, is that the violent Muslims are the greater threat, therefore they are the ones who need appeasing. That’s a BAD assumption on 2 levels. 1) appeasement never works with violently ideological groups, and 2) What you are demonstrating is that a group has to get extreme and violent in order to be taken seriously. If you push Europeans (or Americans) enough, they WILL get violent. The authorities may end up creating the very sort of violent anti-Muslim backlash they had sought to avoid. Dumb dumb dumb.

  12. HELENK says:

    HOLY F–k.

    remember you turn over your private info to these people

    read this and the lack of requirement to become a navigator.

    got a criminal record –no problem

  13. 1539days says:

    Woodhouse had to backtrack later and tweet that yes, journalists have the right to gripe.

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