posted on May, 20 2013 @ 11:02 AM
Another day, another set of details ...and I'm starting to see why the media are looking past Libya as well as the IRS to focus on this one. Oh my,
they DO take this outright personal...and with good reason as it's starting to appear. The White House, directly, made Media an adversary as no one
since Nixon has really done. They went beyond what even Nixon had attempted though. Doom on them. Talk about a bad bad group of people to anger when
your whole life is about living in the media spotlight.
When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than
obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material.
They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court
affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a
search warrant for the reporter’s personal e-mails.
Now, lest we get comfortable by simply telling ourselves that "They all do it...no biggy". Well, yes and no. Previous administrations have done
this. None, literally, have taken it to anything like these levels.
The Obama administration has pursued more such cases than all previous administrations combined, including one against a former CIA official
charged with leaking U.S. intelligence on Iran and another against a former FBI contract linguist who pleaded guilty to leaking to a blogger.
Now one source is always a little limited in scope and perspective, so in this case? I found another with additional information.
. . .Justice Department took extraordinary steps to investigate Fox News reporter James Rosen for possible leaks of classified information about
North Korea:”It used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly
obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. . .
In a further quote of administration action and policy, we get a glimpse of the mindset that drove some of this and what the term slippery slope
actually means in practice.
The administration went on to try to exclude Fox from the network pool that covers the White House, making a recent appointee — pay czar Kenneth
Feinberg — available for interviews to every network but Fox. When the other networks refused to conduct the interview until Fox was included, the
White House relented. But the verbal assault continued, with Obama telling Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 that the network represents a point of view
that is “ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the
Perhaps they should have listened, learned and understood in 2009 when attacking Fox News saw *ALL* media rally and defend the Network. They may hate
each other but they understand better than most others in the world, the term "Hang together or hang Separately". Once this was done to Fox and
carried on well past that initial move (as both stories detail here), it was a small leap to take it on to other organizations like the AP. Once lines
are already crossed, it's not much to cross them again and again. A little further each time.
Slippery Slopes are defined this way...and it appears on the media tapping scandal that is still JUST starting to take form? They slipped right down
the slope and into the sewage at the bottom. Right in, up to their necks, by the look of it. You know, the media could have forgiven and been
distracted from almost anything else.....except attacks against them, directly.