WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to hold meetings with news organizations has run into snags over the terms of discussions about Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters.
The Associated Press issued a statement saying it wants any meeting to be on the record. The New York Times told the Huffington Post it won't attend because of the department's off-the-record ground rules.
AP media relations manager Erin Madigan White says that if the session is not on the record, the news cooperative will offer its views in an open letter on how Justice Department regulations should be updated. The planned meetings come as the department deals with an outcry over its secret gathering of AP reporters' phone records and the emails of a Fox News journalist.
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