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Woah: NPR senior analyst slams Obama's 'attack on American press

Attorney General Eric Holder is questioned about the Justice Department secretly obtaining two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. In what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion," the Justice Department monitored outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Note today's date on the calendar. It's a rare moment indeed when an MSNBC host and an NPR news analyst will come together to voice 1) unhappiness in President Obama's job performance; and 2) support for Fox News.

On Morning Joe Wednesday, NPR's Cokie Roberts slammed the president for waging an "attack on the American press," including the curious case of DOJ snooping on FNC's James Rosen and the administration's unprecedented prosecution of government employees.

Meanwhile, host Joe Scarborough argued that the situation would be somehow different if the administration were snooping on MSNBC, but spying on "the opposition" (Fox News) is bad news for the Obama White House. (?)

“This reporter is being prosecuted for what?” Roberts retorted, referring to Rosen. ”He’s basically being prosecuted, if he is prosecuted, for doing his job.”


As I noted yesterday, the Obama Justice Department relied on the 1917 Espionage Act to target Rosen, declaring him a "co-conspirator" in the leak of classified intel.  In contrast, you'll recall the left's outrage over the mere suggestion that the very same law be applied to Julian Assange, who has previously posted hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents on the Wikileaks site.

Public figures on the left, including filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone, hailed Assange as a First Amendment hero and patriot.  But the Obama Justice Department (under the leadership of Eric Holder) insisted it would do everything in its power to prosecute such action:

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department had "an active, ongoing criminal investigation with regard to this matter" and insisted the administration's promises of action were "not saber rattling."

"To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law and who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described, they will be held responsible. They will be held accountable," Holder said, declining to identify any targets of the investigation.

Assange remains free and now that same Justice Department insists that it's necessary to track Rosen as a co-conspirator to espionage?

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