Jan 1 1990

Worse Than Ed Meese?

That’s what reporters covering the Justice Department think of Attorney General Richard Thornburgh’s control over public information, according to a survey published in the January 15 issue of Corporate Crime Reporter. Thirteen of 14 journalists who responded to the survey agreed that “the Justice Department under Attorney General Thornburgh actively discourages the free flow of information,” while 12 affirmed that “less public information is being made available” now than during the Reagan administration.

Among the reporters’ comments on Thornburgh: “He’s shut the place down by wrapping himself in self-righteousness and threatening to fire lawyers who talk to reporters.” “Any news he doesn’t like is deemed a leak and if he could prosecute every ‘leak,’ he would.” “He delights in his obsessive malice towards reporters.”