Ryan Lizza awards Mother Jones ‘dumbest and most frightening take’ on James Rosen story

The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza has provided some of the most comprehensive reporting on the Justice Department’s investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen, uncovering a list of 30 phone numbers that the department was tracking, including Rosen’s personal cell phone and one number belonging to Rosen’s parents. Lizza also reported that the Justice Department lobbied Google to keep its investigation of Rosen’s personal emails secret so that it could monitor the Gmail account for “a lengthy period of time.”

Having studied the original documents in the case, Lizza isn’t impressed by the analysis provided by Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum, who found some hope for Obama administration fans in the New York Times’ reporting on the case.

Writes Drum:

In other words, [the Department of Justice] had to accuse Rosen of a crime in order to get the warrant approved. It was all pro forma, and doesn’t suggest anything one way or the other about whether they ever intended to actually charge Rosen with anything.

No biggie, see. The government was actually after Stephen Jin-Woo Kim and never intended to charge Rosen with a crime. The Justice Department just needed to accuse him of committing a crime so it could secretly monitor his email account and his movements.

It’s worth repeating that Attorney General Eric Holder himself vetted and signed the search warrant accusing Rosen of crimes it never intended to prosecute — strictly a formality. Nothing to see here; wouldn’t you rather watch that hidden camera video of Mitt Romney again?

  • tcbaz

    Remember if you plan to stay
    Those that give can take away
    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
    John Kay

    • Elaine

      Mother Jones has been reduced to gutter level with Salon.. an online gossip rag and mouthpiece for the progressives to spew their hate and lies. Not worth anyone’s time.

    • Herman LaClair

      Steppenwolf rules.

  • DV S1EOG

    If it is true that the DOJ purposely lied to obtain a warrant that means that the affidavit that was signed to request the warrant would be considered fraudulent. I believe, if I am not mistaken, that would make any and all “evidence” uncovered under that warrant inadmissible in court, whether that evidence was against Rosen or against Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Hmmmm, well good thing that the DOJ just gave Kim’s attorney’s a possibly strong reason to seek an appeal.

  • Spinmamma

    Gotta agree with Lizza. Come on Kevin, rally those fascists! Maybe you all can have a big rally in DC, with flags and spotlights, and everything!

    • RKae

      Don’t forget those big torch/flame-pot thingies!

  • Steve_J

    Weren’t Stalin’s show trials of the 30’s strictly formalities?

    • rennyangel2

      Good comparison.

    • BlahBlah

      Yes. And a trip to the Gulag was optional and totally voluntary. Vacay even.

  • waltermitty2012

    On Thursday, Obama spoke at Annapolis and said, “It’s no secret that in recent decades many Americans have lost confidence in many of the institutions that helped shape our society and our democracy. But I suggest to you today that institutions do not fail in a vacuum. Institutions are made up of people, individuals. And we’ve seen how the actions of a few can undermine the integrity of those institutions. Obama went on to say, “It only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people’s trust in their government.”

    It’s not the misdeeds of few low-level, rank and file government workers that worry me, but it bothers me greatly when the Attorney General of United States signs off on spying on a news reporter. Especially, when it is done so as a ruse to get someone else.

    • $35038462

      Mark Levin had a few choice words about this speech on the radio last night. The gist is how disgustingly, nauseatingly typical it is for the bOzo in office to blame the acts of a few on the law abiding others. This was their graduation day, Annapolis graduation for goodness sake, and he’s lecturing them on past misconduct of others. Shameful. As I’ve been saying a lot lately, the party of “Forward” sure spends a lot of time looking backward.

      • grais

        The guy CANNOT get out of campaign mode.
        He’s a mess.

    • Maus

      Eerily reminiscent of Hitler’s post-Riechstag fire speech, where he blamed unknown, evil forces for the blaze and promised to work harder for Germany and against tyranny.

      The Big Lie is alive and well.

  • $29520529

    What goes around… Don’t complain when it happens to you, you have now lost that right.

  • rennyangel2

    If the reason for the warrant is now admitted a lie, the presiding judge who signed the warrant can return to the DOJ and find it and Holder in contempt. Then at least Holder should be arrested and sent to jail for the max. of contempt of 18 mons. A DC jail should be excellent accommodations.

    • TocksNedlog

      There has been no admission of lying.

      And Holder will plead the 5th rather than admit it.

      • rennyangel2

        Well, actually, I believe his testimony was that he had no knowledge of, was not part of, did no participate in, yadda. but he signed the warrant.

        • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

          I bet Holder doesn’t have any memory of signing said warrant.

          • rennyangel2

            You are prob. right. He’ll say he gets presented with 100s of docs and he signs them but doesn’t read them. A real winner for a lawyer who would always tell a client NEVER to sign anything he/she hasn’t read.

          • grais

            Clinton and Lerner—same thing.

          • Jamie Wilson

            But don’t SEC rules hold CEOs accountable if they sign something, whether they read it or not? Same rules should apply to Holder, damn it.

          • rennyangel2

            Of course.

          • Bexcee

            Bernie Ebbers of World Com still in jail?

    • http://twitter.com/rockyroad62 Rick

      You have to sign the warrant before… to find out what’s in it. Sounds familiar

  • tjp77

    Just so we’re clear;

    Julian Assange: Hero of free speech and the savior of journalism for literally stealing thousands of pages of highly classified information and indiscriminately publishing them en masse, making the military look bad and putting the lives of our soldiers and their civilian collaborators at risk.

    James Rosen/Fox News/AP: Totally deserves the full weight of the justice department for having routine contact with a leaker in the Obama administration.

  • kylieangelina

    Shorter Drum: The ends totally justified the means.

  • http://www.amazon.com/Devon-Dibley-His-Golden-Key/dp/1484181557/ M F Scotto

    Can’t wait to “investigate” Mother Jones. I’m sure they’ll be excited about it as well.

  • TJ

    Said it before but If Nixon’s AG just accused the DNC of crimes they could have gone though the Watergate office in the middle of the day and with a signed warrant. Just because they did this warrant digitally it should be not different than a manual search of someones papers in their home filling cabinet.

    • TexSizzle

      Nixon’s AG wasn’t in on the break-in; the culprit was John Dean, trying to retrieve his girlfriend’s john list.

      • TJ

        It still stands that if the “Plumbers” has used a warrant obtained the same way Holder did they could have done it legally. It might not have needed to go all the way to the AG to get the warrant like the one on Rosen but they could have got a warrant by lying to get it.

      • Tom Chipp

        That is a complete lie, sir. It was his girlfriend’s roommate’s John list

  • XBradTC

    Isn’t naming someone as a suspect for the purpose of a warrant while KNOWING you have no intention of ever charging them a fraud upon the courts?

  • Victim O Circumstance

    Just another case of “End justifies the means” applied to politics. How many other journalists (and ordinary citizens) have been accused of crimes in order to get access to their private communications.

  • trixiewoobeans

    Mother Jones would never, Never, NEVER have excused this if these crimes had been committed by another Administration! Drum’s “explanation” sounds like Pelosi’s “got to pass it to know what’s in it” debacle. They’re five-star phonies and full-on sell-outs, like the bulk of media now. There isn’t an ounce of integrity left.

  • BlahBlah

    Well… I have a solution to this however unpopular. Accuse this Drum character of crime, pro forma of course and then subject him to cavity search. I mean pro forma.

  • no good deed

    I get it. Guilty until proven innocent is just some of that change you can believe in.

  • RogueRose

    It’s called prosecutorial misconduct. Mike Nifong (Duke Lacrosse players case) was disbarred, sued, and criminally prosecuted.. oh, and he had the decency to resign.

  • digitalPimple

    Well judge, you see, I had to run over the guy 6 times. How else was I going to steal his wallet?


    The lib perspective:

    The IRS targeted the TEA Party? About time!

    Benghazi? Just a partisan issue.

    The DOJ targeted a reporter? Wait, from Fox News? Way to go DOJ!

    You say the AP was targeted too? (Aren’t they kinda on our side?) Um, err, well, I think it might be kinda bad, but maybe not if they need to find something, wait…

    Pro forma? A reporter exercising his constitutional rights has been charged with a crime in order to accomplish an end, and this asshat is OK with that being a matter of formality? Another stunning and chilling liberal demonstration of their contempt for freedom and the Constitution. Feel free to move any foreign land, Mr. Drum, where freedom is not so highly regarded.

  • MSM

    Villains never think they’re the Villain in their own story.

    Take Darth Vader, Sauron, or Loki (from the Avengers) and have them write their own biography. They wouldn’t tell of their evil doings, but of all the injustices they made right.

    Hitler, nor Stalin, saw themselves as evil only necessary. I doubt even Nixon thought he did wrong. He was just upset he got caught.

    So of course, Mother Jones would write a defense. How could the anointed one’s administration do wrong? His people are as pure as the driven snow. Incapable of oppression and being corrupt politicians. They cannot even conceive of it. They write what they were either paid to say or want to believe.

    The liberal media is like parents who find out their kid is a bully and instead of scolding the child, turn and yell at the teacher, “My child’s an angel! How dare you say that about my darling! I’m sure that other kid was asking for it! I’ll see you in court!”

  • Maus

    Any time your Lefty Friends defend the indefensible acts of the Obama Dynasty, just turn it around by playing the, What if G.W. Bush Had Done This? game. Just rephrase the act as a question (like Jeopardy), with the “What if G.W. Bush had…” lead-in. Trust me, you will hear a lot of throat clearing, see a fair amount of shuffling and lose a lot of eye contact. In the end, though, they will defend Dear Leader if they are truly good little apparatchiks.

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    keep in mind MotherJones is the media outlet that published off the record comments too. #Hacks

  • Jamie Wilson

    IIRC, the criminal accusation was in order to monitor him AND KEEP THE WARRANT SECRET. They could have gotten a warrant without criminal accusations, but Fox and Rosen would have been notified and could therefore fight it.

    Also, Isn’t there some sort of criminal penalty for false allegations when you go in front of a judge? and shouldn’t the DOJ be charged with those crimes? If the problem is the pro forma, you change the pro forma rules – YOU DO NOT BREAK THE LAW. As the top lawman in America, Eric Holder should be especially stringent about that.

    • ajdecarlo

      Well, people found to be in criminal contempt of Congress are supposed to be prosecuted, too, so….

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    MOTHER JONES is now as viable as the National Enquirer…Wait, NO! XD #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}