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Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

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Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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Former State Dept. Adviser Pleads Guilty in James Rosen Leak Case

rosenA former State Department adviser has pleaded guilty of sharing national defense information with Fox News reporter James Rosen. Stephen Jin-Woo Kim admitted to leaking a top-secret intelligence report on North Korea to Rosen, who was targeted by the Department of Justice in relation to the leak investigation, The Washington Post reports:

The plea agreement calls for Kim to serve 13 months in prison, far less jail time than recommended under federal sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors have also agreed to drop a second charge of lying to federal agents. Kim, 46, decided to plead guilty, his lawyer said, because of the possibility of more than 15 years in jail and to be able to “find a path back to some normalcy.”

“Stephen Kim admits that he wasn’t a whistleblower. He admits that his actions could put America at risk,” U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. said in a statement. “As this prosecution demonstrates, we will not waver in our commitment to pursuing and holding accountable government officials who blatantly disregard their obligations to protect our nation’s most highly guarded secrets.”

Cable News Channels Plan Special Coverage For Government Shutdown Showdown

capitol_hill_lgWith the strong possibility of a government shutdown happening tonight, the general cable news channels and the business news channels are planning to have special coverage this evening.

Fox News will have its usual primetime lineup until 11 PM, when a second, live hour of “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” will air. At midnight, there will be a new, live edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” featuring contributions from congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, White House correspondent Ed Henry and Washington correspondent James Rosen.

MSNBC will have its regular primetime lineup, and will be live at 11 PM, midnight and potentially longer if there is a shutdown.

Fox Business will have Neil Cavuto anchoring live at 8 PM.  Rich Edson will be reporting with updates throughout the night. FBN will also start live coverage at 5 AM tomorrow.

Bloomberg will have Bloomberg West and Bottom Line live at 6 and 7PM respectively, with live coverage from Asia from 8PM-1AM. Chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook will be live in DC for updates.

CNBC will have a special edition of “The Kudlow Report” tonight at 7pm focusing on all angles of the potential Government Shutdown. Melissa Lee, members of Congress and reporters John Harwood and Eamon Javers will report from DC.

C-SPAN will have live video coverage from Congress.

As of writing, CNN had not responded to a request for coverage plans. We will update when we have more.

Should the U.S. Media Give Equal Time to the Syrian Opposition?

In the last 10 days Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad has been given two hours on U.S. television networks. An hour on PBS (with clips on CBS) last Monday and tonight, an hour on Fox News. Following the FNC interview, the network’s State Department correspondent James Rosen said equal time might be in order for the Syrian opposition. Rosen was a part of the “Special Report” panel analyzing the Assad interview conducted by Dennis Kucinich and Greg Palkot.

“I predict that you may see calls from viewers, from critics, et cetera, for us to give a like amount of air time to the Syrian opposition,” said Rosen. “It may be seen as incumbent on us to make sure that the Syrian opposition is heard. If not an equal measure, in some kind of measure.”

“We will talk to the second floor in New York about that,” said Baier, referring to the executive offices of Fox News.

What do you think? Should the U.S. networks set aside an hour of time for an opposition interview?

As for tonight’s interview, Charles Krauthammer had this assessment: “[Assad] spoke for almost an hour. There wasn’t a true word he said including ‘and’ and ‘but.’”

As we reported earlier, Kucinich, an FNC contributor got the interview, but Fox executives only agreed to do it if a Fox News journalist participated.

Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill, ‘No One’s an Objective Journalist’

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation and New York Times bestselling author, recently sat down with 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang to talk about his new film “Dirty Wars,” which is based on the book of the same name.

Scahill tells mediabistroTV about his views on objectivity in journalism and addresses what he sees as a war on journalists in the US, “I don’t have much love at all, if any, for FOX News or for James Rosen,” Scahill said. “But I’m against what the justice department is doing to FOX News and to James Rosen.”

  • Part II, Wednesday: The gruesome discovery that sparked the “Dirty Wars” movie.

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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.”

NSA/Verizon Story Spurs New Round Of Privacy Coverage on TV

A report from The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, which reveals that the NSA has been securing mobile phone data from millions of its customers, has spurred a new round of privacy coverage on cable news.

NBC’s Pete Williams reported today on MSNBC that the Department of Justice will “very likely” investigate the leak. On “CBS This Morning,” senior correspondent John Miller–who used to work for the government in a national security role–explained the justification for why the government may want to secure the data.

CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted today that he has secured the first TV interview with Greenwald, which will air during “The Lead” today at 4 PM.

Following the coverage of the AP records seizure, the James Rosen/Fox News investigation and the high-profile meetings Attorney General Holder took with news organizations, this is poised to become yet another privacy story to dominate the news cycle.

Daily Beast: AG Holder Felt ‘Remorse’ After Authorizing James Rosen Warrant

According to The Daily Beast, Attorney General Eric Holder felt “a creeping sense of personal remorse” after signing off on the search warrant that allowed the FBI to dig into Fox News correspondent James Rosen‘s email and phone records.

But for Attorney General Eric Holder, the gravity of the situation didn’t fully sink in until Monday morning when he read the Post’s front-page story, sitting at his kitchen table. Quoting from the affidavit, the story detailed how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him. Then the story, quoting the stark, clinical language of the affidavit, described Rosen as “at the very least … an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in the crime. Holder knew that Justice would be besieged by the twin leak probes; but, according to aides, he was also beginning to feel a creeping sense of personal remorse.

At issue: Holder views himself has a pragmatist with progressive views, and the investigation seemed to be at odds with that. Elsewhere, the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who has been all over the Rosen case, looks at what happened when the DOJ claims it informed News Corp. about the warrant in 2010.

Anchor Fired For Claiming He Was Targeted by the IRS Explores Legal Action

Fox News correspondent James Rosen and former CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier are just two of the journalists who have found themselves involved in scandals out of Washington this month. Now a veteran St. Louis anchor is exploring legal action after he was fired for questioning his involvement in one of the scandals.

As TVSpy has been reporting, Larry Conners was fired from KMOV in St. Louis after he wrote a lengthy Facebook post exploring whether he was targeted by the IRS after a contentious interview with President Obama. He admitted the following day that his issues with the IRS pre-dated the interview. KMOV suspended and ultimately fired him, saying his claims gave “an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards.”

This week, Conners’ attorney sent a letter to the station’s general manager to inform him of possible legal action. Read it at TVSpy.

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