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Old May 20th, 2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Keith Olbermann - Liberal Media Figures Turn Against Obama Over Reporter Targeting

Keith Olbermann, other liberal media figures turn against Obama over reporter targeting


4:00 PM 05/20/2013

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Many liberal reporters and commentators have dismissed or downplayed the emerging Benghazi and Internal Revenue Service scandals as non-scandals or trifling bureaucratic errors.

But reports that the Justice Department has been targeting journalists, first reporters at The Associated Press and now Fox News’ James Rosen, has caused the generally Obama-admiring press to question the purity of their redeemer.

Here are 10 tweets from liberal commentators and reporters expressing outrage on Monday over Rosen-gate:

Unemployed liberal commentator Keith Olbermann:

My experience dealing with @jamesrosenfnc was unpleasant and contentious. And I fully support him against this unwarranted act by DOJ

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 20, 2013

The New Yorker’s excellent long-form writer Ryan Lizza:

Case against Fox’s Rosen, in which O admin is criminalizing reporting, makes all of the other “scandals” look like giant nothing burgers.

— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 20, 2013

If James Rosen’s “clandestine communications plan” were illegal, every journalist in Washington would be locked up. Unreal.

— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 20, 2013

Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman:

#Fox Rosen probe as bad/worse than #AP: in unprecedented move, govt says he “conspired” with leaker to get info; that’s what reporters do! — Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) May 20, 2013

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings:

Hey Jay @presssec Carney. If the Bush DOJ had done this to your reporters when you were Time DC bureau chief, how would you have responded? — Michael Hastings (@mmhastings) May 15, 2013

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald:

Accusing James Rosen of committing crimes – for basic reporting – may be the most dangerous thing the Obama DOJ has done yet — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 20, 2013

WIRED’s Spencer Ackerman:

LOL a “covert communications plan” between journalist & source. Like basic reportorial opsec? washingtonpost.com/local/a-rare-p… Disgusting. — Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) May 20, 2013

Soon-to-be MSNBC.com’s Adam Serwer:

If you prosecute reporters for seeking/receiving leaks and you’re basically making non-government sanctioned reporting a crime. — AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) May 20, 2013

Talking Point Memo’s Josh Marshall:

Just This: U cross a big line when u go from investigating journos to prosecute leakers to accusing journos of commitng crimes by doing job — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 20, 2013

Al Monitor’s Laura Rozen:

1st thing agree w/ Cruz on RT @juliaioffe: MT @sentedcruz: W FF & DOJ targeting press @johncornyn right—AG Holder must go — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) May 20, 2013

Slate’s Matt Yglesias:

Wow. Obama-era leak crackdowns on journalists look worse and worse:m.washingtonpost.com/local/a-rare-p…

— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 20, 2013

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Of course liberals are against this..they DO the investigative reporting. But the fact is the President is NOT doing anything illegal...it was done by Bush by laws made in the republican congress

Antifascist Calling...: Democracy or Police State? New Lawsuit Targets Bush, Cheney, NSA over Illegal Spying

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On Wednesday, Antifascist Calling reported on moves by the Department of Justice to seek blanket immunity for AT&T under provisions of the disgraceful FISA Amendments Act (FAA).

If approved by Judge Vaughn Walker, the presiding magistrate hearing the landmark Hepting v. AT&T lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco, the giant telecommunications corporation and Bush crime family partner would walk away scott free.

The suit, brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers caught up in the state's illegal internet and telephone driftnet surveillance, is challenging unconstitutional spying on U.S. citizens and legal residents.

The shocking extent of the "public-private partnership" in political repression was first revealed in depth when former AT&T technician Mark Klein filed an affidavit in support of EFF's contention that AT&T had systematically violated their customers' right to privacy.

As Antifascist Calling has previously reported on many occasions, the telecommunications giant had constructed a secret room (SG3 Secure Room, room number 641A) for the exclusive use of the National Security Agency's spying operations at AT&T's Folsom St. office.

On Saturday, EFF reported that the government "started the formal process for retroactive immunity for the telecommunications companies sued by EFF and others for their involvement in the warrantless surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans." That hearing is set for December 2, 2008 in San Francisco.

The state filed a secret "certification" by U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey with the court along with a public submission of its claim of limitless executive power "during a time of war."

However in a bold, preemptive move on Thursday, EFF filed a new lawsuit against the government. That suit, Jewel v. NSA, targets the National Security Agency, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's sinister chief of staff, David Addington, and former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Filed "on behalf of AT&T customers," the civil rights organization has opened a new front against the government and their corporate partners. EFF declared:
Bush had powers to spy on ANYONE and used it against those who were against his wars.

CNN.com - Bush*says he signed NSA wiretap order - Dec 17, 2005

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After The New York Times reported, and CNN confirmed, a claim that Bush gave the National Security Agency license to eavesdrop on Americans communicating with people overseas, the president said that his actions were permissible, but that leaking the revelation to the media was illegal.

During an unusual live, on-camera version of his weekly radio address, Bush said such authorization is "fully consistent" with his "constitutional responsibilities and authorities." (Watch Bush explain why he 'authorized the National Security Agency ... to intercept' -- 4:29)

Bush added: "Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk."

He acknowledged during the address that he allowed the NSA "to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations."

The highly classified program was crucial to national security and designed "to detect and prevent terrorist attacks," he added. (Transcript)

The NSA eavesdrops on billions of communications worldwide. Although the NSA is barred from domestic spying, it can get warrants issued with the permission of a special court called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court.
See? Bush did it it was okay...the born again evangelical American Exceptionalism strikes again.
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Of course liberals are against this..they DO the investigative reporting. But the fact is the President is NOT doing anything illegal...it was done by Bush by laws made in the republican congress

Antifascist Calling...: Democracy or Police State? New Lawsuit Targets Bush, Cheney, NSA over Illegal Spying



Bush had powers to spy on ANYONE and used it against those who were against his wars.

CNN.com - Bush*says he signed NSA wiretap order - Dec 17, 2005



See? Bush did it it was okay...the born again evangelical American Exceptionalism strikes again.
Yes...George W Bush. How'd we all ever forget? It's Bush's fault. Please excuse the lapse of memory...
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Yeah, dagnabbit! She beat me to it.

What a sorry attempt to exculpate Obama.

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Those damned religious people thinking the government has no place in there business. Don't they know God is residing in the White House now?
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Jeez, the liberal press covering Obama's ass again.

I didn't know you trusted anything Olbermann has to say, excaliber.
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Yes...George W Bush. How'd we all ever forget? It's Bush's fault. Please excuse the lapse of memory...
You're excused.

It was a pretty big deal to some people at the time.

Not you, evidently.

Glad you've come to your senses.
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Jeez, the liberal press covering Obama's ass again.

I didn't know you trusted anything Olbermann has to say, excaliber.
Can we wait and see how long this lasts? Like you, they may take another sip of the Obama Kool-Aid.
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Can we wait and see how long this lasts? Like you, they may take another sip of the Obama Kool-Aid.
You know, the kool-aid comeback lost its snap years ago....
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