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What To Freak Out About And What To Ignore In Govt. Surveillance Of Fox News Reporter

Today, political writers across America are freaking out about the news that the Obama Administration conducted surveillance of Fox news reporter James Rosen, upon suspicion that Rosen was involved in a criminal leak of classified information. Over at Salon, Natasha Lennard breathlessly wrote that, “In the case of Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, [...]

Obama Administration Seized Journalists' Private Phone Records

Barack Obama has authorized the seizure of huge numbers of telephone records from journalists reporting on the Obama Administration’s activities. [...]

Bloomberg and NYPD shut down Free Press to shut down Assembly and Dissent in New York City

Journalist Ryan Devereaux of the radio news show Democracy Now! has been reporting on the forcible clearing and trashing of the occupation of Zuccotti Park early this morning in New York City. According to Devereaux, the NYPD not only has been denying Americans their right to assembly and protest, they’ve been quashing the freedoms of [...]

Why Ban Crush Videos?

I’ve never seen any, but animal crush videos sound like a hideous form of entertainment. That said, isn’t it animal cruelty itself, and not videos of animal cruelty, that are the problem? [...]

War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks

I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial:

* The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it here.

* This report concludes that the FBI broke the [...]

Death Photo Kerfuffle Handled the Right Way by Gates and AP

In a teaser for an article this morning, Politico declares that Defense Secretary Robert Gates “says the AP’s transmission of a photograph showing a mortally wounded Marine is out of line.” That teaser upset me; I don’t believe it is the job of a government to declare photographs “in line” or “out of line,” and [...]

Animated Toilet Warns The NSA Is Spying On You

Heads up, America, it’s Tim the Talking Toilet here with the news that you probably missed because it came out the day after the Obama inauguration, upon which almost everyone in America was just sitting around in a kind of daze – like the kind that you get when you wake up from a nightmare [...]

3rd Palinism of the Day: Will the Press Abide by the Geneva Conventions?

“As we send our young men and women overseas in a war zone to fight for democracy and freedoms, including freedom of the press, you’ve really got to have a mutually beneficial relationship here. With fighting for the freedom of the press and then the press, though, not taking advantage of that and exploiting a [...]

Book Burners for Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s moral values are the moral values of book burning – censorship with the aim of establishing cultural and political power. These are the values of the Dark Ages in Europe. These are the values of witch trials in Salem. [...]

Call McCain To Demand Palin Talk To Reporters

If Sarah Palin isn’t ready to talk intelligently to reporters, then how will she ever speak intelligently with the leaders of foreign countries? [...]

Sarah Palin, Amy Goodman and the Unfounding of the USA

Will anyone at the Republican National Convention even apologize for this illegal arrest of journalists attempting to cover the event? I’m not expecting to hear any such admission of wrongdoing. [...]