Media Outlets Declining Off-the-Record Meeting with Holder

Want to be able to report on content of discussion of leak investigations


Several news organizations have announced they will not attend this week's off the record meetings with Attorney General Eric Holder unless the sit-downs are conducted on the record.

CNN, Fox News, CBS News and McClatchy on Thursday joined The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Huffington Post in refusing to go to one of the Department of Justice's off the record sessions about the department's handling of investigations into journalists. POLITICO, The Washington Post and ABC News, meanwhile, have announced that they will attend the off the record meetings, which are being held to discuss changes to the Justice Department's guidelines for subpoenas of reporters.

An ABC News spokesman on Thursday told POLITICO the network "will attend the meeting and press for that conversation to be put on the record."