Society of Professional Journalists - Open letter to the President .
You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. We call on you to take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in.
Over the past two decades, public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees. This trend has been especially pronounced in the federal government. We consider these restrictions a form of censorship -- an attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear.
Don't expect KOMO, KIRO, KING, PBS or the Seattle Times to report this - long, long ago these media outlets stopped being professional journalists and began simply promoting the climate "agenda" !
How pathetic now, the 'media' cries out against the practice they have so helped to promote, for decades.