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Fox News Chief Roger Ailes

RIPS U.S. GOVERNMENT

They're Trying to Criminalize Investigative Journalism

5/24/2013 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Fox News honcho Roger Ailes is coming out SWINGING against the U.S. government ... after the FBI secretly seized a Fox News reporter's phone and email records because of his work on a story about N. Korea's nuclear program.

Backstory -- the reporter at the heart of the drama is James Rosen, who was labeled a "co-conspirator" in a leak investigation for allegedly speaking with State Department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim about North Korea's nuclear program. The Justice Department charged Kim with violating the Espionage Act for his contact with Rosen.

Now for Ailes -- who just fired off a letter to Fox employees yesterday, voicing his anger over the government's actions.

"The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States."

0524_james_rosen-foxHe continues, "We reject the government's efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a 'co-conspirator' in a crime."

"The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth."
 
"To be a Fox journalist is a high honor, not a high crime."

Shades of Watergate paranoia?  Seems like this BS is more nonpartisan than everyone thought.

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Chuck    

Ailes is correct...

516 days ago
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barnyardhumor    

TMZ is a celebrity site, not a news site. Keep your political bias to yourselves and stick with your level of competency...the Kardashians.

516 days ago
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Fred Farkel    

I know that most of you here on TMZ are Obama voters - fine, I get it, the people have spoken...


But for crying out loud - do ANY of you understand what that POS has done to the world as we know it??


You honestly think you elected a friend to the disadvantaged?? Really??


Well. Good luck to you all.

516 days ago
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tomnila    

Finally, the truth about this regime masquerading as a democratic government is getting exposed for the frauds they are!.... Holder and Obama must go! Even their supporters can not defend these actions!

516 days ago
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muffey    

Roger Aisles has no credibility. The so called journalists over at FOX spread propaganda, lie, narrow minded, and give journalism a bad name. FOX is ground zero for haters, racists, who refuse to appear on credible networks to explain their disgusting positions.

516 days ago
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TheRealDeal    

Fox News wouldn't know investigative journalism, or any real journalism, if it hit them in their, racist, right-wing face. Roger Ailes, aka Jabba, and his Faux Network, are responsible for the dumbing down of America. Check out Fox and Friends in the morning for proof. Those are grade-A idiots on parade.

516 days ago
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chunkydough    

Where is the AP, Benghazi, or IRS scandals on TMZ. Stick to celebrities or at least be consistent.

516 days ago
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chunkydough    

Where is the AP, Benghazi, or IRS scandals on TMZ? Stick to celebrities or at least be consistent.

516 days ago
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snowboardchick    

Hey all in the name of terrorism right? They think its ok to wiretap a mosques. The constitution is only to be followed if it suits their agenda. They don't have much room to talk. Water boarding? It's fine as long as its giving us information (even if its false). They LOVE talking slippery slopes and bashing the ACLU. Well how does it feel now?

516 days ago
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barnyardhumor    

Once again, like/hate isn't working - GET WITH IT TMZ!

516 days ago
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Me Too    

Slow news day, 'eh TMZ?...

516 days ago
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Dan Frederiksen    

That's irony when Faux News wants to do investigative journalism.
"To be a Fox journalist is a high honor"
Yeah right.
But that aside, USA secrecy is very sick on a level way above this issue. UFOs are real and it has indeed been covered up including lethal force for over 70 years. Not to mention minor issues like 9/11 being an inside job so they could get a new pearl harbor and start some wars that satan was itching to do.
The propaganda against NK is small potatoes.

516 days ago
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jp    

Imagine the outrage if a conservative presidency went after ACORN or Move On, Planned Parenthood etc or the other liberal organizations. The double standards are sickening. It's incredible the things that are acceptable and overlooked with this president. Example..where the hell is the outrage with gas prices at almost $4. a gallon? Under Pres Bush when they were below $2 a gallon the media just couldn't work hard enough to garner outrage from the public and have it nightly on the news. I'll probably be investigated or audited now for writing this...is that truly the type of country we want to live in that you are penalized for your beliefs, even if you don't agree.

516 days ago
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hopper33    

Fox, Investigative Journalism, High honor... LOL, funniest **** I've heard all week.

516 days ago
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nv89436    

Fox News does investigative reporting in the same Tokyo Rose did. They don't report, they comment. And the more demoralizing and divisive comments, the more they "report" those opinions of traitors and liars.

516 days ago
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