Maher to James Risen: How Is Obama a Greater Threat to Free Press Than Bush?

Bill Maher hosted journalist James Risen tonight and asked him about his past assertions that President Obama is the “greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.”

Risen, of course, is facing possible jail time for not revealing his sources for stories very critical of the CIA. He told Maher that the national security apparatus was hurried under the Bush/Cheney era, but Obama made everything permanent. He said Obama’s gone after more whistleblowers than any other presidents combined and added, “I think he’s more conservative than people thought he was.”

Maher suggested that maybe, “as the first black president, he doesn’t want a terror attack on his watch.” Risen and Maher also expressed concerns over bipartisan agreement on bolstering the national security state.

Watch the video below, via HBO:

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