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Why cops shouldn’t fake being reporters.

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Jack Shafer has a well-argued column at Reuters on the dangers of allowing law-enforcement officials to pose as journalists, but the bug to some extent is a feature: the security apparatus has always had a jaundiced view of the free press, which tends to print things the security apparatus (the second government, in Glennon’s terms) wants not to be printed: not only secrets, but also reports of wrong-doing, incompetence, and embarrassing pratfalls. The security apparatus is of the opinion that all stories should be cleared with the government before being published, and a free press not only will not do that, it continues to report screw-ups by the security apparatus.

So if a law-enforcement official can undermine faith in the press (and make journalists’ jobs harder) by pretending to be a reporter, that’s good, in their eyes. Much easier than waging the long and costly legal persecution of reporters, as the Obama Administration is doing.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 November 2014 at 9:22 am

Posted in Law Enforcement, Media

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