Probe Of Fox Journalist Broader Than First Believed
It now turns out that the Department of Justice not only seized the email records of Fox News's James Rosen but also accessed his home and cellphone records as well as the phone records at Fox News Channel's offices in Washington, the New Yorker magazine reported on Wednesday. In addition, the cable news channel claimed on Wednesday that the phone records of Rosen's parents were also obtained by government investigators. Several leading newspapers on Wednesday denounced the government action on their editorial pages. The New York Times commented that the administration has gone overboard in its zeal to find and muzzle insiders. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote that the investigation of Rosen as a possible co-conspirator in divulging classified information is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush's administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of. Appearing on MSNBC'S Morning Joe, ABC News commentator and NPR senior news analyst Cokie Roberts tore into the administration. This is an attack on the American press big time, she said, adding that Rosen had been targeted for doing his job.