Former THINKPROGRESS Writer Describes White House 'Censorship'

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    Mar 09, 2014 3:56 AM GMT

    ‘Suffocating pressure’: Former ThinkProgress writer describes White House ‘censorship’

    Zaid Jilani, a former blogger with the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, explained this week how the Obama administration frequently tries to censor the progressive organization’s content when it departs from the White House’s agenda.

    Jilani had just published a story — “one of the most successful things [he] had ever written at that point” — which indicated troops levels at the end of Obama’s Afghan “surge” would actually be higher than at any point in the George W. Bush administration. And it came complete with a graph, which congressional opponents of the war took into committee hearings on Capitol Hill.

    The Obama administration was furious.

    “Phone calls from the White House started pouring in,” Jilani claimed, “berating my bosses for being critical of Obama on this policy . . . Soon afterwards all of us ThinkProgress national security bloggers were called into a meeting with CAP senior staff and basically berated for opposing the Afghan war and creating daylight between us and Obama.”
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    Mar 09, 2014 2:04 PM GMT
    This would only be an outrage if it were a republican administration.