This is not good, especially on the heels of the IRS investigation. But then, this DOJ has always had a dim view of people learning the truth from anyone but the government's own press flacks:

From the Washington Post's Erik Wemple:

A word of caution to key government sources and whistleblowers: The most transparent administration ever “secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press,” according to a story in the Associated Press.

The Justice Department executed the nitty-gritty here:

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.


A release from the Associated Press notes that President and CEO Gary Pruitt has denounced the action in a May 13 letter [to Attorney General Eric Holder].