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Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining.
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An innumerable number of entertainment reporting routines seem utterly pointless today in light of the devastating news coming out of Newtown, Connecticut. Including the well-worn practice of compiling celebrity Twitter reactions.
The first wave of such coverage relating to today’s mass shooting appeared on PMC website hollywoodlife.com and media watchdog gossipcop.com. In each case, the first comment left by a reader suggests this is no time to be cluttering up the Internet with the republished Newtown thoughts of people like Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
Hollywood Life commenter:
Gossip Cop commenter:
“I would have assumed that you and that guy in your ear would trust me. And if you don’t, then we’d better start talking about The Little Rascals.”
Blake was responding to Morgan’s suggestion that he was perhaps not being entirely truthful about his recollections of the May 2005 murder of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. At age 78, the actor remains a barn-busting Hollywood original, not to mention the first and likely last guest to show up on Morgan’s show wearing the combo of A Clockwork Orange hat and V-neck tank top.
CNN has officially ended its 87-year relationship with Larry King.
No, we kid the King. He was with CNN for more than 25 years.
After ceding his daily talk show to Piers Morgan in 2011, King stayed on at the network to produce a series of special shows. But the network announced yesterday that it would no longer be airing those specials.
King’s last show–A Larry King Special: Dinner With the Kings–aired this past December.
How much pull does Stern have? The show is moving from Los Angeles to New York in order to accommodate the shock jock.
“Howard Stern’s larger-than-life personality will bring a thrilling new dynamic to ‘America’s Got Talent’ starting this summer,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late-night programming at NBC. “He’s a proven innovator and his track record in broadcasting is truly remarkable. Howard is very passionate about this show and is fully committed to its future success.”
CNN host Piers Morgan noted on his nightly talk show that it was a sad day for comedy as he tossed to a clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to show how funny “she” was.
Good job. Next time, take the two seconds to watch the clip before you toss to it.
[H/T The Wrap]
“Everyone knows I love ‘America’s Got Talent. I think it’s the greatest and I would be certainly honored to sit with Howie [Mandel] and Sharon [Osbourne] and judge these lunatics. I take show business very seriously. If I was a judge on there, there would be no nonsense whatsoever. I would be there for the talent. I would be there to actually find somebody good I am not the next judge. I have no deal with ‘America’s Got Talent’… I’m not going to comment if I’m in negotiations… I don’t comment on negotiations.”
CNN talk show host Piers Morgan announced Wednesday he was quitting as judge of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
“I’ve been a judge since the show began six years ago, I’ve loved every single second, but I’ve discovered that juggling, to my surprise, really is a bit more difficult than I thought,” he said on Piers Morgan Tonight . “So I’m gonna focus on what will be a huge year here at CNN, with the upcoming election.”
Morgan also had a special message for the Academy as they search for a new host of the 2012 Oscars.
“Well, members of the Academy, I’m available. My schedule just cleared a bit, because I can exclusively reveal that I’m leaving America’s Got Talent.”
Piers Morgan has taken a lot of heat for his generally less than spectacular TV ratings, but he has repeatedly reminded his critics that he is in it for the long haul and that a full year on the job is required for any worthwhile evaluation of his CNN takeover.
Tonight, he chats with someone at the opposite end of the popularity contest spectrum, Chelsea Handler. The author, E! personality, and live performer remains unstoppable, the current inarguable Queen of All Media. At one point, Morgan asks Handler – “How many times have you been properly in love?”
“That’s a good question, actually,” she replies, before revealing that the total number of relationships that belong in such a hallowed category is two. One of these, former E! programming chief Ted Harbert, is now a boss of Morgan’s via Time Warner’s recently announced partnership with Comcast.
Looks like James O’Keefe‘s latest prank has not only gotten NPR‘s president to resign, it’s gotten Andrew Breitbart back in the national spotlight. Breitbart was on Piers Morgan‘s show last night talking about his protege’s capers, and the left wing bias that prevents them from being properly acknowledged. We thought the Shirley Sherrod incident would finally send Breitbart to the media glue factory, but now he’s back galloping around like nothing happened–saying calculated, counterintuitive things like “the best coverage on this incident has been NPR. It’s been impeccable…I respect NPR more than you would actually think.” And he’s actually right about the bias against this latest O’Keefe prank.
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