‘Ministry of Truth?’ DOJ creating News Media Review Committee

With nearly all eyes trained on the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford, Fla., late Friday afternoon, the Obama administration found a good opportunity to announce the results of Attorney General Eric Holder’s exhaustive investigation into … Eric Holder. President Obama had directed Holder to look into the Justice Department’s investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen, which included the DOJ secretly gaining access to Rosen’s personal email account and tracking not only his phone records but those of his parents.

The DOJ was able to read Rosen’s emails by naming him a co-conspirator under the Espionage Act. Holder himself vetted and signed the warrant, so it was unlikely the report would hold Holder’s feet to the fire. Instead, the DOJ has decided to create a News Media Review Committee to handle future cases like Rosen’s and spread the responsibility around.

The Justice Department prefaced its report with a statement from Holder himself passing the buck to the Congress, urging the passage of media shield legislation.

The Department of Justice is firmly committed to ensuring our nation’s security, and protecting the American people, while at the same time safeguarding the freedom of the press. These revised guidelines will help ensure the proper balance is struck when pursuing investigations into unauthorized disclosures. While these reforms will make a meaningful difference, there are additional protections that only Congress can provide. For that reason, we continue to support the passage of media shield legislation.

New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza was among those watching the Rosen case closely and provided his own take on the report’s conclusions.

Apparently, then, Holder and other Justice Department officials will continue meeting with invited members of the press “to continue dialogue” begun in the process. We thought that was the purpose of those daily White House briefings, but Holder seems to prefer those “off-the-record” meetings where the president sometimes drops by unannounced to say hi. The idea of yet another government committee to keep the government in line isn’t doing much to reassure the public, though.

  • Michael Anderson (WB)

    Sometimes I wonder if Obama is a fan of the wrong side in Babylon 5.

    • ObamaFail

      Obama probably walked out of “Man of Steel” unhappy, because Superman won instead of Zod.

      • Jeremy

        Yeah he and Zod have a lot in common.

        • Adi

          He and Hitler have even more in common. In the end, he’s just a psychologically insecure fascist.

    • ObamaFail

      Obama probably walked out of “Man of Steel” unhappy, because Superman won instead of Zod.

  • The Penguin

    Take a little bit away at a time. Wake the hell up!

    • Jeremy

      Yeah the people asleep at the wheel need to wake up.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Would someone please send us the telephone number, numbers of the person, persons that would please return the Constitutionally Free Republic to us A.S.A.P. ?

  • ceemack

    So…there would be “unexceptional” cases in which they’d “seek access” to a journalist’s records?

    Did the 1st Amendment get repealed recently or something? Don’t know how I could have missed that news…

  • Txgirlinnh

    The fox owns the henhouse…smh

  • Txgirlinnh

    The fox owns the henhouse…smh

  • ObamaFail

    This is eventually going to lead to the government using this to silence any opposing news source.

    • Jack

      you’re assuming that such a news source exists? weird

  • ObamaFail

    This is eventually going to lead to the government using this to silence any opposing news source.

  • James Hansen

    if Orwell were alive today: “hey guys, 1984 was not meant to be a how-to manual”

  • TocksNedlog

    They can put Dick Durbin in charge of deciding who the ‘real journalists’ are.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Or Matt Yglasias LOL XD Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Kelgair

    Apparently some people read 1984 as a manual, not a warning.

  • Kelgair

    Apparently some people read 1984 as a manual, not a warning.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    The MSM are accomplices to their own murder and they don’t even know it…or they do which is even scarier.

    • Aitch748

      I think that a lot of journos fantasize about becoming part of the government and wouldn’t mind being part of a Ministry of Truth.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    @MichelleMalkin #MinistryOfTruth ?!? What the Hell is this, NAZI GERMANY?!? #LarryTheCableGuy Jawamax 8<{D}

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    What a joke.

  • Chip

    With this and the “tell on your government coworker” campaign, I’d say Eugene McCarthy is rolling over in his grave. The communist have taken over and are now using his tactics on patriots.

  • chetnapier

    Does anyone remember when “1984” was just scary a piece of fiction?

  • dwsmokin

    Wow-I didn’t realize that HOLDER was actually spelled G O E B B E L S. Doesn’t that stand for Propaganda Minister?

    • Guest

      Somehow, it doesn’t even seem so scary any more….

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Dang it, sorry, that was supposed to go below with Chet’s remark.

  • arttie

    Truth, Justice and the Holder way

  • Gallatin

    News Media Review Committee—more lies from the liars.

  • dogwonder

    The media report the DOJ communist policy likes it’s a good thing, geebus wept what the-phucki is wrong with you people?