Bombshell: News Corp. says it has no record of DOJ notification of Rosen subpoena

The “tonight’s news” referred to by The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza comes via the New York Times:

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel [James Rosen].

The company’s chief legal counsel at the time also said that he had never seen material from the government related to the subpoena.

Lawrence A. Jacobs, who was News Corporation’s chief legal officer until he left in June 2011, said he never saw a notification about the phone records.

“I would have remembered getting a fax from the Justice Department,” Mr. Jacobs said in an interview Sunday. “These are not the kinds of things that happen every day.”

Previous media reports indicated that DOJ had notified News Corp.

Something smells fishy.

One thing is for sure. It’s going to be hard to portray Ryan Lizza as a member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy:

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