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"Beyond Parody"

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The Washington Examiner has a report about Eric Holder's off-the-record meeting with several press outlets.  As I noted earlier, the meeting was designed to give reassurance that DOJ really does respect the First Amendment.  Many, probably most, of the press organizations invited declined to attend a gathering whose substance they would be unable to share with their readers and viewers.

The Examiner piece starts with the following two paragraphs, which I repeat without comment  --  not because comment is unwarranted, but because I am left speechless (emphasis in the original Examiner story):

Susan Ferrechio reports Friday [that] most news organizations boycotted on principle Attorney General Eric Holder's offer to join a press conference Thursday  in which he discussed the Obama's White House various efforts to monitor, intimidate and harass journalists. Holder's condition was that the meeting be "off the record," meaning none of the reporters would be allowed to report what was said at the meeting.

Among those who did attend was the Washington Post. Today's Post has an account of the meeting -- sort of. That is, they have a story about what the Justice Department allowed them to say about its efforts to protect press freedom. The result is just beyond parody...

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