Guilty plea in Fox News leak case shows why Espionage Act prosecutions are unfair to reporters' sources
Former State Department official Stephen Kim announced today he will plead guilty to leaking classified information to Fox News journalist James Rosen and will serve 13 months in jail.
The case sparked controversy last year when it was revealed the Justice Department named Rosen a “co-conspirator” in court documents for essentially doing his job as a journalist. But a largely ignored ruling in Kim’s case may have far broader impact on how sources interact with journalists in the future.
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Smartypants Occupy Wall Street protester makes Fox News interviewer look stupid, interview doesn't air
Fox News has been dispatching a stream of trolling reporters to Occupy Wall Street with the mission of making the protesters look stupid, using cheap editing tricks to heighten the effect. But sometimes they get a charming, silver-tongued demonstrator like Jesse LaGreca, who makes Fox and its minions look like fools. Of course, they don't air those interviews.
Fox: Alright, fair enough. You have a voice, an important reason to criticize myself, my company and anyone else. But, let me ask you that, in fairness, does this administration, President Obama, have any criticism as to the the financial situation the country’s in…?
Jesse: I think, myself, uh, as well as many other people, would like to see a little but more economic justice or social justice—Jesus stuff—as far as feeding the poor, healthcare for the sick. You know, I find it really entertaining that people like to hold the Bill of Rights up while they’re screaming at gay soldiers, but they just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that a for-profit healthcare system doesn’t work. So, let’s just look at it like this, if we want the President to do more, let’s talk to him on a level that actually reaches people, instead of asking for his birth certificate and wasting time with total nonsense like Solyndra.
Here's a great clip of Bill Nye the Science Guy gently, but firmly, explaining to Fox News's Jon Scott that the potential existence of extinct lunar volcanoes doesn't disprove global warming. Scott believes that "...if the moon erupting volcanoes a few million years ago, you know, it's not like we've been up there burning fossil fuels." Whatever that means.
NYE: Uh, no, volcanoes are not connected to the burning of fossil fuels, it's connected to mining, but the big thing for us, on my side of this thing, is the science is true, and so when you discover -- the people who got really got involved in climate change, got involved in it often by studying Venus, the planet Venus. So the physics, the science that happens on Venus, is the same as the science that happens on the earth, the science that happens on the moon, in this case the geology the study of rocks, that happens on the moon, is the same science that happens on the earth. So when you say to yourself, well, I'm going to ignore all the evidence of climate change, you're saying, I'm going to ignore the best ideas anybody's ever had, that's science. And so this is quite troubling to those of us on our side of it.