If they leave that vague.....then the Politicians on both sides of the aisle in whatever Administration can just use the good OLD.....Its a Matter of National Security. To use as the lame excuse to not contact whom may be covering whatever it is the government is doing.
I think some of this is good for Reporters. But you are Right......the Media is suppose to be the watchdog over the Government. If they can't do the job.....then get those that will.
Which dealing with those in the media and getting them Right.....is a different sort of Problem. Although.....one that we the people can take to the Media people. Full- tilt, to get that point across to them.