Category Archives: Media & Politics

Holder Signed Off on Rosen Warrant

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the Department of Justice’s request for a warrant to search and seize the electronic communications of Fox News reporter James Rosen. According to NBC News‘ Michael Isikoff, based on information just obtained, Holder affirmed the decision. Meanwhile, today, President Obama claimed to be troubled by the possible chilling effect that government investigations might have on journalists’ ability to hold the government accountable. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” What… Continue Reading ››

DOJ Targets Fox Journalist–Shocked?

The scandals continue to evolve. We now know the Department of Justice targeted James Rosen, Fox News’ chief Washington, D.C. correspondent, for his possible role in releasing sensitive, leaked information. After Rosen published a report on North Korea’s possible response to international sanctions, he was suspected of meeting with Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Dept. security adviser. According to Politico, the FBI named Rosen a co-conspirator for publishing the story, and based on this classification, a judge granted a warrant… Continue Reading ››

“Our House is on Fire…”

So begins Scott Pelley, CBS journalist, as he lays out the media’s recent string of embarrassments. In a solid Quinnipiac University speech that will create few enemies, and that does not necessarily articulate new ideas, Pelley nevertheless manages to say a few things succinctly and appropriately. Pelley concern for journalism’s integrity in the information age is palpable. He knows that technology is revolutionizing the industry and that pressures for publicity are eclipsing long-standing principles of corroboration, surety, and fairness. His words… Continue Reading ››

Lady Thatcher, President Obama, and Celebrity Politics

Lady Thatcher, as extolled by Drs. Clauson, Wheeler, and Haymond, was an all too rare political phenomenon. The clip above gives us a prime example of dignity while holding an elective office. Unfortunately, as noted by Mark Steyn here, our current President seems unwilling to say “no” in any similar context. We have seen the President fill out NCAA brackets for both the Men’s and Women’s tournament, appear on The View, and even “slow jam” the news with Jimmy Fallon.… Continue Reading ››