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Media Matters sides with Justice Dept, says AP ‘sounds like it should be investigated’

Related: Liberals Defend Obama For Spying On Media [1]

Vince Coglianese
Daily Caller [2]
May 15, 2013

Media Matters has weighed in on the news that the Justice Department secretly seized extensive phone records from the Associated Press, and the left-wing advocacy group is siding with the government.

“The AP revealed yesterday that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of reporter and editor phone records from 2012, likely as part of an investigation  into leaks around a counterterrorist operation in the Arabian Peninsula,” reads a Tuesday afternoon post on the Media Matters Action Network website.

“If the press compromised active counter-terror operations for a story that only tipped off the terrorists, that sounds like it should be investigated,” Media Matters argued.

The group insists that the “case raises important questions about the balance between a free press and effective national security.”

In the Associated Press’s Monday report, which revealed the Justice Department’s actions, the news organization explained that they actually delayed publication of the relevant report in the interest of national security.

Full article here [2]