Bob Woodward worries White House press policy a national security risk

Criticizing the White House policy on dealing with the media, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward said during an online-only segment of Fox News Sunday that America’s national security could be at risk.

When host Chris Wallace asked his opinion on the scandals looming over the White House and its relationship with the media, Woodward explained there has been an agreement in place since 1971 between the executive branch and the media when dealing with security-sensitive stories, but the White House often ignores it.

“I think it’s a really bad policy and they are hurting themselves,” Woodward said. “I mean since the Pentagon Papers, there’s been the rule that if you have some sensitive national security story, you can go to the government because they can’t stop you from publishing.”

Woodward also commented on the James Rosen leak investigation, saying he’s never heard of the Department of Justice referring to a reporter as a “co-conspirator.”

“But the problem with this and lots of issues that we are dealing with — the IRS, Benghazi, the reporters, Snowden and so forth — is it doesn’t seem like there is someone at the top who is attentive to the detail and the repercussions of all of these policies,” Woodward said. “And I don’t mean just the president. I mean Cabinet officers, people in the White House — there’s this sense of ‘gee, we don’t know what’s going to spring up, or what’s going to happen here.’”

Watch the segment via The Daily Caller here:


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