Subpoena of AP records revives media shield bill

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By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press

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.

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