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Fishbowl Five with John Solomon

Washington Times Editor John Solomon finds himself in the midst of a widening scandal this week involving the potential government harassment of one of TWT‘s former reporters, Audrey Hudson. Hudson and TWT both sued the Department of Homeland Security last Thursday over what they claim was an unconstitutional seizure of confidential documents during a raid on Hudson’s house by Maryland and Federal authorities. The raid was ostensibly aimed at confiscating illegal firearms owned by Hudson’s husband, Paul Flanagan. But somehow, a Department of Homeland Security agent, Miguel Bosch, also ended up seizing some of Hudson’s personal documents, including notes on stories she had written that contained sensitive information, like the names and numbers of sources.

Now Solomon and Hudson want to know why Bosch took the documents in the first place, what he did with them, and who he showed them to. They see the raid and the confiscated documents as yet another example -along with the AP phone tapping scandal and the persecution of Fox’s James Rosen -of the federal government cracking down on reporters to try to get at their sources. FishbowlDC talked with John Solomon over the weekend about the case and got him to answer some questions for the Fishbowl Five. FishbowlDC also reached out to Audrey Hudson for an interview, but were told via a representative that her lawyers recommended against talking to the press at the moment. For more information about the raid and the lawsuit, check out TWT‘s story here.

John Solomon, thanks for talking with us. So why did Maryland State Police and DHS go into Audrey Hudson’s house in the first place?

Thanks for your interest in the story! As far as we can tell –from Audrey and the law enforcement records –they had some questions about gun ownership in the house, and wanted to check what weapons were in the house, and a search warrant specified what evidence they were looking for.  In the process of executing that, they seemed to diverge from the guidance or authority of the search warrant, went into Audrey’s office, and grabbed a set of reporting files that specifically dealt with a series of stories that we had at The Washington Times a few years ago that exposed problems within DHS-specifically its Federal Air Marshall Service. At the time, Audrey didn’t even know they had been taken. She didn’t learn till a month later when they began returning her materials that they had held them for a month and, we later learned, went through them and read them. And so what started as a routine law enforcement matter has somehow turned into a First Amendment concern for us.

So you think the raid was a pretense to get access to those documents?

As a reporter, you try never to make presumptions beyond the facts. What we know is that when the Homeland Security agent got to the home, one of the first things he did was say “Are you the same Audrey Hudson who wrote those stories about the Federal Air Marshals?” So whether he figured it out when he got there, whether he knew that in advance, we don’t know. But when she confirmed that she was, that should have immediately kicked in the First Amendment concerns over reporter privileges. If anything, they should have been more sensitive about what they grabbed from the house that wasn’t covered by the warrant. We have no argument with the Maryland State Police or the DHS doing legitimate law enforcement work, but once they knew they were in a reporter’s home, the idea of going and grabbing those files, to us, is offensive. We want to know: Do they have copies? Have they gleaned any information from them? And have they used them in any way to harm sources, or infringe on the First Amendment further then they already have? That’s the purpose of the law suit.

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Afternoon Reading List 10.03.13

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Call 1-800-F**KYO for healthcare: Katie McHugh of The Daily Caller noticed something about the letters it takes to call the Health and Human Services department to sign up for Obamacare.  The numbers on the phone for Obamacare’s national hotline are are 1-800-3(F)-1- 8(U)- 2(C)- 5(K)- 9(Y)- 6(O). It’s missing a U at the end and has a 1 crammed into the beginning, but aside from that, its totally offensive (almost).

Why you should read it: Subliminal advertising is everywhere, man! Just open your eyes. The government’s trying to control you! Read here.

O’Reilly gets schooled: According to BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, Fox News’ Washington correspondent James Rosen pretty much packed up Bill O’Reilly‘s lunch and fed it to him in his latest appearance on O’Reilly’s show. After saying, “I’m just going to traffic in facts with you for a moment here,” he proceeded to hammer the host in the brain with facts.

Why you should read it: It’s pretty good for a laugh, even if the laugh comes from the look on O’Reilly’s face as Rosen spoon feeds him facts about the government. Read/Watch here.

Is there a mountain lion roaming around SE D.C.? Jump for more…

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FNC’s James Rosen Gets Marty’d. So Why is He Bristling About it?

Most journalists have a soft spot for Marty Rudolf, the online Political News Junkie with whom many Washington and New York journalists are well acquainted. To be sure, Marty gets personal. Not overly so, but still, personal. Every day he likes to strike up conversations by posing questions on Twitter such as, “Hi Betsy, how are things in the Fishbowl?” or  “@AdamSerwer Do you Enjoy being a News Reporter for http://msnbc.com ? I’m a Political News Junkie Online!”

Apparently Fox News’ Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen hasn’t received the briefing on Marty and responded to him with skepticism and a pointed accusation. Is there a more sinister side to Marty or is Rosen too jaded?

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Afternoon Reading List 07.02.13

Small newspaper, big storiesGlenn Greenwald and the Guardian have been at the edge of breaking news about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs since originally publishing documents leaked by defense contractor Edward Snowden. But, as WaPo’s Paul Farhi reports, the Guardian isn’t some massive news organization in the ranks of the NYT, USA Today or Britain’s The Sun. Instead, the liberal newspaper which started in 1821, boasts a print circulation similar to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with fewer than 160,000 copies distributed each day. Online, however,  it’s a different story,  as the website is one of the most frequently visited in the world, with a high of 41 million monthly unique visitors. Greenwald’s video interview with Snowden last month brought nearly 7 million unique views in just one day. The Guardian is struggling financially, but subsidized by other ventures owned by the same trust, the Scott Trust Limited, including the highly-profitable British car-sales site Auto Trader. The news organization continues to break international news, and if it ever does go under, as Farhi reports, the next big story may be broken by “a secondhand car magazine.”

Why you should read it: The NSA, then Snowden, and now Greenwald have made headlines around the world. It’s time to give the Guardian its 15 seconds.

NYC mayoral candidate wants Weiner’s exes to speak up — In an unsurprising move, Anthony Weiner’s GOP rival in the New York City mayoral race has called on Weiner’s ex-girlfriends to “talk about what it was like to be with him and date him and things like that.” As ex-Washington Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri of the New York Post reports, Joe Lhota issued the call to Weiner’s ex-girlfriends on Talk Radio Network’s “The Andrea Tantaros Show” after a little push from Tantaros. The radio host called Weiner’s treatment of Fox News’ Megan Kelly in past interviews “arrogant” and “disrespectful.” If he lies to his wife, Tantaros questioned Lhota, “how do voters in New York City believe he’s somehow going to respect their wishes and not act like some bizarro pervy freak?” Weiner did get support from one ex-girlfriend after the 2011 sexting scandal deflated his career, who said he’s “very sweet, very funny, very charming.” But some women on Capitol Hill know a different version of Weiner, who they is a bully. As some readers may recall, TWT’s Emily Miller said Weiner made dirty jokes about the scandal while she interviewed him about it, using the words “firm” and “stiff.” A representative of Weiner said he would not respond to “Mr. Lhota’s mud throwing.”

Why you should read it: Everyone loves reading about Weiner, whether you’re hoping for him to make a triumphant return to political stardom or just hear more details about his sex life. Also, the writer refers to him once as “the penis tweeter.”

Who’s in Playboy?

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Marty Rudolf Gut Checked!

He’s just a “News Junkie” and he just wants to “chat.” But FNC’s James Rosen want nothing of it.

“How have you been, James?,” Mary Rudolf, the famed media and Twitter hound tweeted at Rosen on Wednesday. “Do you think NSA Whistleblower Snowden is a ‘Hero’ or a ‘Traitor’?” Edward Snowden is the former government contractor who leaked information that the government is tracking phone records and online data of U.S. citizens.

Now, most of the time Rudolf tweets at anyone of celebrity status, he goes ignored. Now and again, however, he gets a response from the upper echelon’s of Twitter. Like the time he got a reply from actress Morgan Fairchild. Even tennis star Martina Navratilova has conversed with dear Marty!

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Reuters’s Jack Shafer Lectures FNC’s James Rosen on Reporting Technique

While many journalists rallied around FNC’s Washington Correspondent James Rosen after news broke that his emails and phone records had been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, Reuters‘ media columnist Jack Shafer went a different route. He wrote a column criticizing Rosen’s newsgathering style.

In a blog post headlined “What was James Rosen Thinking?” Shafer asserts that Rosen could have kept his sources in the federal government secret had he been more… secretive.

Shafer writes:

Rosen’s journalistic technique, if the Post story is accurate, leaves much to be desired. He would have been less conspicuous had he walked into the State Department wearing a sandwich board lettered with his intentions to obtain classified information and then blasted an air horn to further alert authorities to his business. For example, one data point investigators used to connect Rosen with his alleged source, Kim, was the visitor’s badge the reporter wore when calling on the State Department offices. According to security records, Rosen and his source left the building within one minute of each other and then returned only several minutes apart inside the half-hour. A few hours later that day (June 11, 2009), Rosen’s secret-busting story was published.

Even teenagers practice better tradecraft than this when deceiving parents.

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Afternoon Reading List 05.20.13

Congratulations, you’ve made it this far through Monday. Now here is some afternoon reading to get you through the rest of the day.

Obama Left in the Dark — The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports that White House Press Sec. Jay Carney said today that though White House officials were notified of an inspector general report on the IRS by the Treasury Department, President Obama was not. Carney said he supports the decision of White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler’s decision not to disclose the report, saying it would have been inappropriate for the President to be involved in an ongoing investigation, as conclusions often change in the final stages of inspector general reports.

Prosecuting the Press — Politico’s Josh Gerstein examines Attorney General Eric Holder’s stance on prosecuting journalists. Though Holder rejected the idea in last week’s hearing, Gerstein explains that the Justice Department has used the possibility of prosecution to obtain warrants. Citing the case of Fox News’ James Rosen, reported in the WaPo article above, the piece looks at how the Privacy Protection Act of 1980 has been interpreted and which protocols were followed and which were overstepped.

DOJ Deja Vu — The DOJ subpoena is being labeled a major scandal for the Obama administration, but as WaPo’s Ann Marimow reports, it’s not the first time this happened. The piece tells the story of the eerily similar tracking a few years ago of Fox News reporter James Rosen by the Justice Department, which was investigating leaks about North Korea in 2009. In addition to phone records, the DOJ made use of security badge access records to track when Rosen came and went to the State Department as well as his personal emails.

IRS Not Alone in Conservative Targeting  Apparently, the IRS wasn’t the only government agency targeting conservative groups. According to the story by The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch, the EPA made acquisition of government records more difficult for conservative groups while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups. Republican lawmakers are now launching an investigation into the claims.


 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Homoerotic or cute? You decide.

“Bret Baier, Hope Chunky Monkey feels better soon — and doesn’t get everyone else in your house sick in the process!” — FNC’s James Rosen. We can only hope that Rosen is referring to one of Baier’s children and not some other er, chunky monkey, in the house.

Speaking of erotic…

“It’s normal to find the words ‘woman,’ ‘her’ and ‘she’ to be erotic, right? Ok, good.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, a huge FBDC fan.

Perino reaches out to Price is Right contestant

“Will the gentleman who was on Price is Right this morning tweet me again? Loved the shout out. Need to know if you won. And watch The Five!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

When New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson throws out a question, WaPo’s ever hip Weingarten steps up to the plate and introduces himself.

Curtis Granderson: “Headed to DC for the off day, besides White House, Memorials, and Gov’t Buildings, what are some good suggestions to eat and check out?” Gene Weingarten: “Hey, Curtis. I’m a columnist for the Wa Post. Eat in Adams Morgan, a hip, funky walk-around neighborhood.”

Touching.

A fan writes to The New Yorker writer and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin: “I fucking love your writing and analysis.” He replied: “Big fucking thanks!”

Sam Stein accuses TPM of being copycat

“TPM electoral scoreboard bit.ly/OBXRUp mighty similar to what we have at Huffpost huff.to/INFOLi” – HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Wendy puts the hump in hump day

“Wendy Wednesday’s really help me bust over the hump.” — FBDC reader Jason Kosakow, a quantitative analyst in Washington, D.C. (And yes, we’re bragging!)

Journo Squabble

“[Andrew Sullivan] today asked if I was living on the same planet as him. No-I’m living on the one with most people from Earth.” –  Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald on The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan. He links to this.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

Roll Call’s Beckwith at one with Gilligan’s Mary Ann

Roll Call‘s acting Feature Editor Ryan Beckwith doesn’t look a thing like Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island.” But he sure felt like her in Manhattan this past weekend where he went to be part of an “elite” panel at Columbia’s J-School alumni weekend.

The pamphlet the school handed out said the discussion was being moderated by HuffPost Political Editor Tom Edsall and featured CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, pollster Doug Schoen, McClatchy‘s James Rosen “and others.”

Beckwith was overheard saying he felt like Mary Ann, who was listed as “and the rest” in the original theme song.

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Journos Raise 75K for CNN Camerman: ‘We Wake up Knowing we Did a Great Thing’

Jerry Thompson (back to camera) embraces John Wallace, a cameraman for Fox News who organized the fundraiser.

FNC’s James Rosen donating cartoon sketches for the cause.

Ed Henry, CNN, guest bartender

This was one night when TV journos let go of ratings and any thought of fierce competition. Last night TV journalists from CNN and Fox News came together at Cuba Libre to raise 75k for ailing longtime former CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson. He has been diagnosed with a second brain tumor. “He’s now on a new medication and fighting as hard as he can,” says a Facebook page created for him by friends.

Celebrity bartenders included NBC’s Mike Viquira and Wendy Rieger as well as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, John King and wife and CNNer Dana Bash (who tended bar together) and Ed Henry. The board of the White House Correspondents’ Association personally donated $1200 that came from their own pockets. Money will go to a trust for Thompson’s children. (See names of WHCA Boardmembers who made donations after the jump…)

A personal e-mail note of thanks from FNC’s John Wallace to attendees portrays the deeply felt sentiment behind the cause:

Thank you for what you did tonight. I’m sorry I did not have the time to thank each of you individually but with out you tonight may have happened but on a much smaller scale.
All of you stepping up to plate immediately opened many doors for me. It gave the night instant credibility. Bob Gallo, co-owner of the Cuba Libre restaurant group was really taken by Jerry’s story and moved by the response from all of you. That’s what did it.

We had a great night and wake up knowing that all of us did a good thing.
We raised over 75K for Jerry’s children last night and the even better news is that we haven’t even gotten the bar receipt numbers from all of your hard work and our colleagues penchant for enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two.
You are all great people.

Again, thank you.
John

See The Hill‘s write-up and pictures here.

Anyone wishing to learn more or to make a donation, go to the Facebook site here.

Check out Blitzer’s bartending after the jump…

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