WASHINGTON (AP) — The controversy over the government's secret subpoena of Associated Press telephone records has revived legislation that would protect journalists from having to reveal their sources to federal investigators — and the White House is endorsing the idea.
The proposal wouldn't provide blanket protection for a journalist from having to reveal who he or she spoke to confidentially. But the government would have to convince a federal judge that the confidential source had compromised national security in speaking to the journalist.
President Barack Obama told reporters on Thursday that now is a good time to revisit the so-called shield bill.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says he'll reintroduce the media shield bill he had pursued unsuccessfully four years ago.