May 16, 2014

Secrecy and the Media

Paul Farhi

Marcia Franklin talks with Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi about how increased government surveillance and secrecy is affecting reporters and their sources.

Farhi, who has reported for the Post for the past 25 years, was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Oppenheimer Ethics Symposium at the University of Idaho.

The two discuss how the Obama administration's desire to both prevent and track down the sources of leaks has created a chilling effect on reporting. They also talk about the rapidly changing media landscape, including at Farhi's paper, which was bought by founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

In an Extra available at, Franklin and Farhi continue their discussion about changes in media.