After the information about the Department of Justice collecting data on reporters, President Obama said that this could cause a “chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable”. Well, for once he is actually accurate. In a report from POLITICO,
National security reporters and watchdogs said they already have seen increased caution from government sources following revelations that the DOJ had subpoenaed Associated Press reporters’ phone records and tracked the comings and goings of Fox News reporter James Rosen at the State Department.
The problem that we will be seeing is not necessarily the reporters’ fear of the Justice Department, but it’s that many sources could now be scared off.