Risen: Journalists must fight or become irrelevant - Central Maine: "Risen said he and other journalists have debated that issue in the newsroom.
“I don’t think any of this would be happening under the Obama administration if Obama didn’t want to do it,” Risen said. “I think Obama hates the press. I think he doesn’t like the press and he hates leaks.”
Risen said he thinks one of Holder’s most important jobs is to protect Obama from direct criticism.
“He has often tried to do it on this issue.”
New York Times reporter Matt Apuzzo, a 2000 Colby graduate and former reporter for the Morning Sentinel, asked if Risen thought that in some cases, government secrets should be kept as such.
“Should there not be some secrets, in keeping some things safe?” Apuzzo asked.
Risen said there are certain things that should be kept secret, such as information about U.S. combat plans, which should be protected."
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