FBI nixes plan to grade journalists’ work
The Washington Times - 08/07/2014
FBI officials had no immediate comment on the reason for the turnabout, but the plan seemed reminiscent of a similar effort of the Obama administration to grade media coverage of its response to the BP oil spill.
Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor for Northeastern University, told The Times last week that such a system posed troubling questions about whether reporters could face fallout because of fair but aggressive coverage.
“You would certainly worry this could affect access,” he said. “It might affect the way they’re going to approach your questions, whether they’re going to be extra careful not to make news if you’re on the ‘bad list.’”