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Obama: Leak Investigations ‘May Chill Investigative Journalism’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
President Obama said Thursday that he is “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” In a major speech on national security, Obama said that the “Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks offers a recent example of the challenges involved in striking the right balance between our security and our open society.” TPM / LiveWire President Obama reiterated his support for a new media shield law to “guard against government over-reach” and has directed attorney general Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines with reporters. The Washington Times The president’s comments came as NBC News reported that Holder signed off on at least one of the controversial search warrants that identified a Fox News reporter as a “possible co-conspirator.” TVNewser During President Obama’s speech to the National Defense University, he was interrupted a handful of times by a protester who called for him to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As so often happens when there is a heckler, news coverage of the speech spent some time talking about the heckler rather than the meat of the speech itself.The Washington Post / Leonard Downie Jr. But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable.

CNN Brings Stroumboulopoulos Into Fold (FishbowlDC)
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos isn’t the only newsman who gets to have a distinctive surname. Now he has competition — at least in the surname department — as CNN welcomes popular Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos to its Friday lineup. Ad Age / Media News Parts Unknown has done well for CNN, with new episodes averaging 740,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, far more than CNN had been attracting before Anthony Bourdain arrived. Stroumboulopoulos will feature interviews with figures from pop culture, music, art, politics and tech, according to CNN, with rapper Wiz Khalifa, actress Ellen Page and Walking Dead comic book author Robert Kirkman as his first guests. Deadline Hollywood Stroumboulopoulos will film in LA. CNN is certainly aiming to get a lot of mileage out of the new short-run show: Stroumboulopoulos will re-air at 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Fridays as well as at 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. ET on Saturdays for the summer.

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin Joins The New York Times (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who has been with the publication since its earliest days, is leaving for The New York Times, according to a memo obtained by The Huffington Post. Martin will become the paper’s new national political correspondent, a storied position once held by the legendary R. W. Apple. FishbowlDC Politico‘s editor-in-chief John Harris explains why the move is as good for them as it is for the other publication. “From the Politico perspective, this is a day less for regret than excitement. We have an opportunity — indeed, from both Robert Allbritton and Fred Ryan we have an unambiguous order — to use this moment as a springboard.” FishbowlNY In a memo announcing the hire, Carolyn Ryan, the Times‘ political editor, wrote, “Jonathan is a natural for the role: he has an unending passion for politics, an intrepid journalistic spirit and an astonishingly extensive Rolodex.”

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