He retweeted this shortly thereafter.
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) May 26, 2013
It wouldn’t be the first time that Obama has played this game.
.@brithume Very similar to Obama pushing the gun control bill off the emotion from Sandy Hook even though bill wouldn't have prevented it.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) May 26, 2013
— George Brandner (@Cranesrooster) May 26, 2013
It seems that Obama supported Shield legislation before he became president, and then chose not to push for it once in the White House. Now, it appears that he is campaigning for it again on the heels of widespread outrage over the Department of Justice’s seizing of records from AP, James Rosen and others.
In other words:
In 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was a sponsor of the federal media shield law, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 13, 2013
— Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan11) May 14, 2013
— jasontspencer (@jasontspencer) October 2, 2009
Washington Post is tough on Obama for weakening the shield law and silent on Schumer taking bloggers out http://jr.ly/uz5a
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 5, 2009
Obama Administration Responds To Spying On AP By Pushing Journalist Shield Law That Wouldn't Matter http://t.co/IzBNuWQxP1
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) May 22, 2013
Others aren’t convinced that a Shield law is the answer:
We don't need a shield law, we just need Obama to stop spying on journalists. All it takes is a directive.
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) May 22, 2013
@brithume We Don't Need A Shield Law.Already have;It's Called The 1st
— Tom Hannan (@tomh2739) May 26, 2013