A couple of weeks ago, as his Department of Justice was seizing Associated Press phone records, President Obama hailed “World Press Freedom Day”:

We pay special tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives, freedom or personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice.

Ironic, because those who risk sacrificing their freedom in the pursuit of truth are reporters covering the Obama administration. Here’s just the latest:

The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen’s personal emails, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

In a chilling move sure to rile defenders of civil liberties, an FBI agent also accused Rosen of breaking anti-espionage law with behavior that — as described in the agent’s own affidavit — falls well inside the bounds of traditional news reporting.

Fox News is now claiming that the Obama Justice Department targeted two of their reporters and one producer.

As John Nolte pointed out over at Breitbart, the things the government is accusing Rosen of doing happen almost every day in the world of journalism in a free nation — and the Obama administration wants to criminalize it while sending a “horse head in the bed” style message to every other reporter in the country.

In 2009 the Obama administration pretty much declared war on Fox News, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this story runs a lot wider and deeper and isn’t even isolated to alleged leak investigations.

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15 Responses to “Obama Justice Department Spied on Fox News Reporter(s)”

  1. SignPainterGuy on May 20th, 2013 6:08 pm

    This goes like the cut of a very large, sharp knife; Long, Deep and Wide !

    The purpose can be none other than to protect the pResident and all of his men and women and to chill real journalism !

    As Rush learned today, the IRS probes into conservative groups and their donors has had a very chilling effect on donations !

  2. jeffythequick on May 21st, 2013 11:26 am

    You know, it's getting easier and easier to know what these people are doing:

    They are guilty of:
    1. Whatever they ridicule.
    2. Whatever they deny.
    3. Whatever they say that bad people are doing.
    4. Whatever they lionize people as fighting against.

    They are the 5 year old in the cookie jar presidency.

  3. SignPainterGuy on May 21st, 2013 12:44 pm

    Sounds like they`re just GUILTY !!

  4. SignPainterGuy on May 21st, 2013 2:24 pm

    Here`s a couple of good ones from TownHall;
    http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2013/05/21
    http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2013/05/21

    And here`s one from Michael Ramirez relating to the weaponization of gov`t agencies;
    http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2013/05/21

  5. Marshall_Will on May 22nd, 2013 12:17 am

    Well noted. MM linked Mark Steyn's great article about; "Everything is a tax issue these days". Libs pointed that "the system worked" when a cons. donor in Idaho was exhonerated of all tax wrong doing. But fail to note the $80K he spent DEFENDING himself!

    Guess HE won't be attending any $38,500 a PLATE fund raisers any time soon?

  6. Marshall_Will on May 22nd, 2013 12:20 am

    "while sending a “horse head in the bed”

    By coincidence, over the last few days I thought; "As Conservatives, we wake up w/ a horse's head in our bed EVERY morning! It just doesn't have the old 'shock value' it once did!"

    Whether they're pushing for ghey marriage, tax payer-funded gender re-assignments or..? Every morning we wake up and there's Seattle Slew. Whatevah…

  7. SignPainterGuy on May 22nd, 2013 1:25 am

    Vindication does not come cheap. The Eye Are Ess lost; they should have to pay for ALL his defense costs ! That might teach them a lesson ! Maybe !

    Tort laws MUST be changed to eliminate abuses !

  8. Granny55 on May 22nd, 2013 11:23 am

    Ya know when Anita Dunn started attacking Fox News back a couple years ago my first instinct was – I'll bet this administration is going to try something very under handed, if not illegal, to discredit any and all of the whole news organization. Looks like my instincts were spot on.

    Little by little other news organizations are finding out just how thuggish Oblamer is. Yeah there are a few that are still clinging to the old – he is so cool meme, but think about it. They were bugging the phones of James Rosen's parents!!!! That is sleezy.

    And in the end – if the MSM would have done their jobs in the first place this fraud would not have been running in the first place. But they buried or ignored all the Chicago thuggery that got him to the senate seat in the first place.

    So – they had better not pi$$ and moan about the tactics. It was there all along they were just too star struck to investigate.

  9. SignPainterGuy on May 22nd, 2013 1:44 pm

    Glenn Beck warned us about her, as did others, but since he and they are such kooks, WELL, that was just nonsense !

    I think you`re spot on, Granny, but it`s worse !

  10. Granny55 on May 22nd, 2013 2:44 pm

    Oh it is way worse but we will see how others in the press react. Will they defend Oblamer or will they fight back??? Kind of reminds me of the Neil Sedaka song – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do!!!

  11. ChapBix on May 23rd, 2013 1:25 am

    How rich and dripping with irony! Accusing Rosen of a crime while committing so many, many more of their own. What is the old adage about pointing fingers at someone and accusing them of something?

  12. ChapBix on May 23rd, 2013 1:27 am

    You nailed it, jeffythequick!

  13. ChapBix on May 23rd, 2013 1:30 am

    That would come when IRS agents and their managers are personally financially responsible for legal expenses when findings go against them.

  14. SignPainterGuy on May 23rd, 2013 1:26 pm

    Yes, when it is shown that the agents acted outside official policy or the like. Understood !

    It`s easy to view these agents as enjoying their jobs just a bit too much !

  15. SignPainterGuy on May 23rd, 2013 1:32 pm

    Yeah, abused wives have a very hard time leaving their abusive husbands. Even a bad marriage is better than no marriage…….. in some people`s sad minds !

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