Fox News joined several other major media outlets Thursday in refusing to send a representative to a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder on the department’s surveillance of reporters if Holder continues to insist that the session be off the record.
Michael Clemente, Fox News’ executive vice president, decided that Fox News will not attend the off-record talks. Fox News had been invited to a Friday session at the Department of Justice headquarters in Washington.
With the decision, the two news outlets known to have been targeted by the Justice Department for surveillance — the other being the Associated Press — are now declining to participate in the first phase of Holder’s internal review over the controversy. Several other outlets are also refusing to attend.