TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 17, 2013

A White House official called Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York., on Wednesday to ask him to reintroduce the media shield law that he supported in 2009 but that never received a vote on the Senate floor. The push comes in the wake of Department of Justice subpoenas of a broad swath of Associated Press phone records, including several main numbers used by more than 100 reporters, WRCB reports. "This kind of law would balance national security needs against the public's right to the free flow of information. At minimum, our bill would have ensured a fairer, more deliberate process in this case," Schumer said in a statement.