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Holder: Leak Investigations Not Meant to Target Members of the Press

Attorney General Eric Holder leak investigations authorized by his department are meant to prosecute the leakers — goverment officials, “not, to target members of the press or to discourage them from carrying out their vital work.”

Holder, under fire for personally authorizing a search warrant into the activities of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen, told a Senate panel this morning, “The department has not prosecuted, and as long as I have the privilege of serving as attorney general of the United States, will not prosecute any reporter for doing his or her job.”

Of course, if government officials are concerned about being prosecuted for leaking news to reporters, it will be increasingly challenging for those reporters to do their “vital work.”

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Michelle Malkin is Tired of ‘Snotty Condescension from Liberal Elite Journalists Like Juan Williams’

Michelle Malkin and Juan Williams got into it last night on Sean Hannity‘s show over Attorney General Eric Holder‘s leak investigation. The debate devolved into a blogger vs. reporter face off when Williams charged, “Michelle, I’m a real reporter. I am not a blogger. Reporters go to officials…and…in a free society, we want to know what the government’s doing.”

That drew a laugh and sarcastic response from Malkin: “Right, ’cause I’m not a real reporter and you are.”

Added Malkin: “The American people are sick of the kind of snotty condescension from liberal elite journalists like Juan Williams who tell us the rest of us are not doing our jobs.”

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Kurtz Promises ‘Fair & Balanced’ Report on Bob Schieffer’s NBPP Overlook

Schieffer_7.18.jpgCBS’s “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer made an appearance on another Sunday show today: CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” At issue, Schieffer’s interview with AG Eric Holder last Sunday, which was actually pre-recorded four days earlier, on July 7, at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

What Schieffer didn’t ask was fodder on Fox News Channel last week, and that was Kurtz’s first question today:

KURTZ: Let’s start with the obvious question. Why did you not ask Eric Holder in that interview about this former Justice official’s allegation that a case against the New Black Panther Party was dropped because of racial politics?

SCHIEFFER: Well, it’s certainly a question that is a legitimate question to ask. And basically what happened was this all really became a story when the whistleblower came out and testified that he’d had to leave the Justice Department and so on. And, frankly, had I known about that, I would have asked the question.

I was on vacation that week. This happened — apparently, it got very little publicity. And, you know, I just didn’t know about it.

And later, what Schieffer finds “absurd” about some of the Fox News coverage.

> Related: WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander asks: Why the silence from The Post on Black Panther Party story?

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DCNewsers Beat the Heat by Heading to Aspen

Mitchell_7.7.bmpWith temperatures topping 100 degrees in Washington and New York, Aspen sounds awfully nice right about now. And that’s where a bunch of tvnewsers are this week for the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

Moderators and participants include NBC’s Andrea Mitchell (pictured during a session today with NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco) and CBS’s Bob Schieffer. Mitchell, along with her colleague Chuck Todd are anchoring their MSNBC shows from the Colorado mountain city.

Tomorrow, Schieffer tapes a “Face the Nation” interview with Attorney General Eric Holder (airing Sunday).

We’re told Bloomberg and CNN also have live shots from the festival and that Arianna Huffington will be a guest on “John King USA” tonight.

The Aspen Institute is headed by former CNN Chairman and CEO Walter Isaacson.

By the way, it’s a sunny 72 degrees in Aspen right now.

Arrest in Times Square Bomb Attempt

Here’s how the cable news networks reported the overnight arrest of a suspect in the Times Square bomb plot.

MSNBCArrest_5.4.jpgMSNBC reported the arrest at 12:06amET with NBC’s Pete Williams breaking the news, along with WNBC anchor Lynn Berry who has been filling in on MNSBC. Williams was first to ID the suspect as Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad. WNBC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst as well as reporter Ida Siegel in Connecticut joined in MSNBC’s coverage before and after the 1:30amET news conference from Attorney General Eric Holder.

CNNArrest_5.4.jpgCNN interrupted a Larry King Live re-air at 12:21amET with the news, interestingly during an earlier interview about the plot with former DHS secretary Tom Ridge. CNN began a simulcast of CNN International with anchor Asieh Namdar and including CNN domestic correspondents Susan Candiotti and Deborah Feyerick at JFK, where Faisal was arrested around 11:45pmET, trying to get on a flight to Dubai.

FNCArrest_5.4.jpgFox News reported the story at 12:25amET with Ainsley Earhardt, eventually being joined by anchor Gregg Jarrett just before 3amET. Correspondent Catherine Herridge and anchors Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren contributed from Washington, D.C. by phone.

The A.M. Ticker: Joe, Holder, Baseball…

> Joe Scaroborough is beating Glenn Beck… on the radio… in New York. In a 10a-Noon, head-to-head matchup with Scarborough on the powerhouse WABC and Beck on the not-as-powerhouse WOR, Scarborough beats Beck in all categories. In Persons 12+ Scarborough as a 3.3 rating to Beck’s 2.2.

> Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with ABC’s Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas today to talk about the closing of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and other A.G. issues. The interview airs tonight on World News and Nightline.

> Good Morning America is 2-0 against the Today show on the diamond. Weekend GMA took on weekend Today Monday — ABC’s Bill Weir and team took on NBC’s Lester Holt and company and beat the NBCers 5-3. Weekday GMA defeated weekday “Today” on Friday, July 17.

Reporter Who Posted Doctored YouTube Video Fired

gibson_2-24.bmpIn the continuing saga of “bright blue scrotum”-gate, the person who was responsible for posting the doctored video to YouTube has been fired. The news was first reported by FTVLive.

John Sanders, who was interviewed about the clip Friday by Breitbart.tv’s B-Cast, was a correspondent for WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

WBAL-TV released this statement today: “WBAL-TV management has learned that a former WBAL-TV employee posted a video regarding Fox News’ John Gibson and Attorney General Eric Holder on his personal YouTube page without the prior knowledge or consent of anyone at WBAL-TV or Hearst-Argyle Television. This video was not approved by, used, or sanctioned in any way by WBAL-TV or Hearst-Argyle Television and we do not condone such behavior. Further, this video does not represent the views of WBAL-TV or Hearst-Argyle Television.”

On yesterday’s radio show, Gibson brought up the video flap again. Click continued to hear the clip (via Johnny Dollar)…

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