U.N. Acknowledges Discussing 'Inaccurate Reporting' in Meeting
A U.N. spokeswoman acknowledged Thursday that five U.N. officials discussed what they believed was "inaccurate reporting" — specifically by FOX News, the Wall Street Journal and Inner City Press — in a meeting last month.
The spokeswoman, Michele Montas, confirmed during her daily briefing with reporters that the meeting had taken place following the publication of a memo from Under Secretary-General Angela Kane to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that referred to the discussion.
One day earlier, Montas denied that a meeting had taken place to discuss critical news coverage. On Thursday, she made clear that the subject was discussed, but it was not the purpose of the meeting.
She acknowledged to reporters that Ban had received the memo, adding that he had "absolutely no specific reaction" to it.
The memo read: "We propose writing to professional journalistic bodies which regulate the journalists concerned as well as letters to the Editors with copies to their Companies' Legal Counsel. Should DPI gather sufficient examples of inaccurate reporting, we can consider more formal legal responses such as 'cease and desist' or 'letters before action' sent by outside counsel."
So now we have not only the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress working to squelch freedom of the press, we have to deal with the United Nations too. I don't think chilling is too strong a word.