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Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining.

St. Louis TV Station Fires Anchor Who Claimed He Was Targeted by IRS (
KMOV-TV president Mark Pimentel says dismissed anchorman Larry Conners “is certainly entitled to his opinion, but taking a personal political position on one of the Station’s Facebook pages creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards.” TVSpy Conners was pulled off air last week after posting on Facebook that the IRS had targeted him because of a tense interview he did with the president. He later backed off the allegations in an on-air statement telling viewers, “To be fair, I should disclose that my issues with the IRS preceded that interview by several years.”

Piers Morgan: Dana Loesch Banned From Show (Politico)
CNN’s Piers Morgan vowed to ban conservative radio talker Dana Loesch from his show over her comments on the brutal attack in London on Wednesday. In response to the news of the attack in southeast London — which left one man dead and appeared likely to be a “terrorist incident,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said — the two media personalities engaged in a Twitter fight that ended with the Piers Morgan Live host saying he had decided to ban Loesch from his show. Mediaite Loesch tweeted: “Was the guy with the machete a member of the NRA?”, a reference to one of the two men who murdered a British soldier in what has been described as a terrorist attack in London today. Morgan chastised Loesch for being “glib” about the soldier’s death.

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Diane Sawyer, Greta Van Susteren Make Forbes Most Powerful Women List (TVNewser)
Diane Sawyer and Greta Van Susteren have made Forbes’ 2013 list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Sawyer comes in at No. 73 and Van Susteren is No. 97. Forbes features Van Susteren for being “the most-watched woman on cable news” while Sawyer is singled out for being “a trailblazer for female journalists and one of the most recognized and respected faces in news.”