When U.S. Department of Justice official Brian Fallon praised Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly for his “gutsy” reporting in Ferguson, Missouri, he likely didn’t expect such a tough response from veteran journalist Jake Tapper.

As TheBlaze reported on Wednesday, both Reilly and Lowery were detained by police in Ferguson and later released without charges after they failed to clear out of a McDonald’s restaurant quickly enough. They were both covering the ongoing unrest following the police-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

But the DOJ official’s praise for the journalist was an easy opening for CNN’s Tapper to ask a follow-up question:

Tapper did not get a response from Fallon on Twitter.

The Obama administration has been heavily criticized by members of the press for aggressively targeting whistleblowers and even the journalists who break the stories. In fact, the DOJ recently ordered reporter James Risen to testify against one of his confidential sources who reportedly leaked classified information about the CIA in 2006.

Risen says he’d go to jail before outing his sources.