The Trump administration took its war with the media to the next level this week when federal authorities seized years of phone records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins as part of a federal investigation into leaks of classified information.

The seizure set off alarm bells about the relationship between the administration and the media. The Department of Justice under Obama took phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors, named a Fox News reporter an unindicted “co-conspirator” in a leak case, and prosecuted multiple cases involving whistleblowers and leakers. So is what Trump doing more of the same?

Vox asked six experts what they make of the Justice Department's latest actions and how they compare to what the Obama administration did.

"The government's secret collection of a reporter's telephone and email records to locate a confidential source is a matter of grave concern," said David Schulz, Ballard Spahr Senior Counsel and director of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School. "Alarms went off when the Obama administration seized the phone records of several AP bureaus in 2013, and alarms are going off today."

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