Editor’s note: This column was first published in USA Today on May 21.
By KEN PAULSON
First Amendment Center
Suddenly, freedom of the press is very, very popular.
In the wake of revelations that the Justice Department had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters, many members of Congress were quick to share their outrage.
“The First Amendment is first for a reason,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner. “If the Obama administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.”