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James Goodale has a position of privilege from which to render judgments in re: Obama v. Nixon on the question of respect for press freedoms. He represented the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and wrote a book about it.

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Goodale wastes few words in rendering his judgment:

The search warrant filed to investigate the Fox News reporter James Rosen proved as many had suspected: President Obama wants to make it a crime for a reporter to talk to a leaker. It is a further example of how President Obama will surely pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom.

The motives, says Goodale, are quite clear by now: “President Obama wants to criminalize the reporting of national security information. This will stop reporters from asking for information that might be classified. Leaks will stop and so will the free flow of information to the public.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday affirmed that the president believes journalists should not be prosecuted “for doing their jobs.”