The New York Times of all places is finally starting to notice that Barack Obama set some pretty dangerous precedents that Donald Trump can take advantage of. One of them, which is only really dangerous if you are a member of the media, is Barack Obama’s treatment of journalists.
When Mr. Obama was elected in 2008, press freedom groups had high expectations for the former constitutional law professor, particularly after the press had suffered through eight years of bitter confrontation with the Bush administration. But today, many of those same groups say Mr. Obama’s record of going after both journalists and their sources has set a dangerous precedent that Mr. Trump can easily exploit. “Obama has laid all the groundwork Trump needs for an unprecedented crackdown on the press,” said Trevor Timm, executive director of the nonprofit Freedom of the Press Foundation.
I’m been saying as much. This is not the only Obama precedent the left will live to regret.