Despite campaign pledges to be transparent, President Barack Obama has been more secretive than President George W. Bush, several leading journalists charged.
“Bush was bad. Obama’s worse,” Associated Press Editor Kathleen Carroll said when speaking at the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors joint convention in Chicago Wednesday, USA Today columnist Rem Rieder reported.
During a panel discussion at the conference, AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee recalled that the AP was told federal government sources would be fired if they provided information to reporters.
“There is a serious problem with access across the federal government,” Buzbee said, according to USA Today. She added that secrecy has “worsened significantly in the last few years.”