After the revelations of the New York Times on the investigations carried out by the Trump and Biden administrations on its journalists to be able to know their sources, the American government finally announced that it no longer intends to resort to these practices which pose a problem to the work of journalists.
“Summoning journalists in connection with investigations into political leaks is not in line with the president’s political orientation,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, seeking to break with the practices of the old administrations and in the face of the outcry that such an eventuality could provoke.
Concerned about his image, President Joe Biden tries to distance himself from divisive subjects to avoid bad press. Thus, the Department of Justice assured that “to change its long-standing practice, it will no longer seek (…) to obtain sources of information from journalists”.
The subject is sensitive especially since it is an attack on the freedom of the press and the protection of the sources which deliver the information to the journalists. This practice of seeking the wiretaps of journalists and then using them as an instrument of blackmail, trial or as evidence for dismissals or forced resignations, was revealed to the general public a few weeks ago.
Last month, CNN revealed that the Trump administration had managed to obtain phone records and emails from one of its correspondents in a fraudulent manner.
And this week, The New York Times laid back a layer by accusing not only the Trump administration but also Democrat Biden’s administration of resorting to these practices.
And it is the Department of Justice that is targeted in these accusations. The New York Times claimed it was waging a legal battle behind the scenes to gain access to the emails of four of the daily’s reporters so they could get their hands on their sources.