Ex-NY Times editor: Yeah, the Obama administration is pretty much the worst when it comes to transparency

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest probably isn’t having a great day. Over the weekend, the newly installed chief spokesman for the administration told ABC News’ This Week that President Barack Obama is “absolutely” the most transparent president in history.

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson, however, disagrees. She appeared on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren and gave a scathing critique of the Obama administration’s record on transparency.

“I have never dealt with an administration where more officials — some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesmen for various federal agencies — demand that everything be off the record,” said Abramson. “So that’s secretive and not transparent.”

“But the most serious thing is the Obama administration has launched eight criminal leak investigations against sources and whistleblowers. And they have tried to sweep in journalists, including — it’s almost the one-year anniversary exactly that your colleague, James Rosen, had his record secretly looked at by the government in a leak investigation,” she added.

This isn’t the first time Abramson has criticized the administration on transparency. In January, she said that the Obama White House is “the most secretive” that she’s ever covered in her 22-year career, which dates back to President Ronald Reagan.

“I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat,” Abramson explained. “But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations.”

But, again, the Obama administration has conducted eight criminal leak investigations, which, Abramson believes, have come directly from President Obama.

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