This week on CounterSpin: The Justice Department’s investigation of the AP poses a threat to freedom of the press and the public’s right to know, but the story itself, about a supposed al Qaeda bomb plot thwarted by the CIA, has taken some interesting turns, calling into question the facts of the bomb plot story, and the Justice Department’s rationale for investigating AP. We’ll talk with Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel, who has been out in front on this story from early on.
Also on CounterSpin today: The AP story is a reminder, if one were necessary, that the Obama administration has pursued government whistleblowers with a vengeance. A new documentary tells those stories—and explains how such actions undermine press freedom and investigative journalism. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald will join us to talk about the War on Whistleblowers.
–“DOJ Goes Nuclear on Goldman and Apuzzo,” by Marcy Wheeler (Emptywheel, 5/13/13)