McCain to AP: I Support Media Shield Law

John McCain told the Associated Press, in his opening remarks at an AP meeting today, that he supports legislation to prevent journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources.

McCain outlined both pros and cons to the bill: the media has publicized sensitive security information, McCain said, but it also "revealed the disgrace of Abu Ghraib"--a disgrace that, McCain said today, made it harder to protect America.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has noted, however, that the bill does not offer absolute protection for journalists and their sources. Since the bill was introduced by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) in the 109th Congress, SPJ says, several concessions have been made.