Chuck Todd Rips Admin’s ‘Broad, Harassing’ Crackdown On Leaks: ‘They Want To Criminalize Journalism’

Appearing on Morning Joe on Wednesday, MSNBC host Chuck Todd juxtaposed President Obama with Candidate Obama, contending that the latter would be appalled by how the Justice Department has gone after the Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rosen. The administration wants to “criminalize journalism,” he charged.

If George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were the ones taking these actions, Todd hypothesized that Candidate Obama would be “unloading” on their administration.

“You can’t look at this and see it as anything other than an attempt to basically scare anybody from ever leaking anything ever again,” he asserted. “They want to criminalize journalism.”

It will make regular sources and whistleblowers alike more reluctant to talk, he added, referring to his own experiences with those who felt uncomfortable. “Maybe that’s the intent,” Todd said. “I can’t think of any other intent of why they are going about this in a broad, harassing way.”

Looking at a list of how the DOJ has treated the AP and Fox News, “criminalizing” isn’t far off, Joe Scarborough jumped in. Reiterating his earlier point, he repeated the relevance of the fact that the administration did this to Fox News, the network not known for its friendliness toward the president.

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