THE NEWS that Attorney General Eric Holder was involved in approving the search of Fox News reporter James Rosen came on the very day President Obama attempted to regain the confidence of the press. Obama saying he was “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” means that the Administration has gotten the message. Attacking the one organization who helped get Obama elected, because he had once promised to be different than George W. Bush, is causing them problems.
The law enforcement official said Holder’s approval of the Rosen search, in the spring of 2010, came after senior Justice officials concluded there was “probable cause” that Rosen’s communications with his source, identified as intelligence analyst Stephen Kim, met the legal burden for such searches. “It was approved at the highest levels– and I mean the highest,” said the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said that explicitly included Holder. – Michael Isikoff
President Obama’s counterterrorism speech on Thursday was a desperate attempt to get back his 2008 credibility. Some in the press accepted it on face value. Under siege, the White House had to do something to remind people who Barack Obama was when he came into office, because between the Republican assault on Benghazi, however fictionally based, the IRS scandal, which is real, and the assault on the press, the sheer volume of the attacks is now coming in a never ending barrage.
Roger Ailes of Fox News responded to the ongoing attacks against James Rosen in a statement.
“We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime,” Ailes wrote. “I know how concerned you are because so many of you have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member? Well, they shouldn’t have done it.”