Erik Wemple: Justice Department


Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Risen case: DOJ says new guidelines don’t apply

On the one hand, Justice preaches self-restraint on the media; on the other, it continues pushing for a reporter's testimony.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:56 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, James Risen, Justice Department, New York Times

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 08/07/2013

James Risen asks Justice to drop subpoena

Letter from Risen's attorney points to Justice Department's new guidelines on how to handle cases involving reporters.

By Erik Wemple  |  07:56 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, James Risen, Justice Department

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Fox News's James Rosen: Did the Justice Department really need to call him a 'co-conspirator'? (cont'd)

New court documents offer insight into what the Justice Department was seeking.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:13 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthony Weiner, Eric Holder, Fox News, James Rosen, Justice Department, Martin Bashir, MSNBC

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 07/20/2013

Should the Justice Department drop its subpoena of James Risen?

Justice Department guidelines insist that testimony from journalists be essential to the case at hand. Does James Risen's case meet that standard?

By Erik Wemple  |  02:54 PM ET, 07/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, James Risen, Justice Department, President Obama, Ted Boutrous

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Eric Holder on Fox News's James Rosen: Weaselly garbage

In attempting to explain why it called Fox News reporter James Rosen a possible co-conspirator in a federal crime, the Justice Department ties itself in knots.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:40 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, Fox News, James Rosen, Justice Department

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/19/2013

AP chief: Intrusive government is chilling journalism

Gary Pruitt says that five steps are needed to 'give meaning' to freedom of the press.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:35 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Gary Pruitt, Justice Department, leak investigations

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Fox News soars on Justice Department wings

Getting mentioned in same breath with New York Times and AP? Fox'll take that.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:40 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, Fox News, James Rosen, Justice Department, leak investigations

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/30/2013

Fox News shuns Justice meeting

Without AP and Fox News, Attorney General Eric Holder's meetings with the media may feel a bit hollow.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:35 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Fox News, Justice Department

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Who will hold Eric Holder accountable?

A bunch of media types are meeting with a top government official about a pressing public issue, and it's all off the record.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:25 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, Justice Department, Media

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Sharyl Attkisson and her 'compromised' computers

Why would a journalist announce a story before it's ready?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBS News, Justice Department, Sharyl Attkisson

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Fox News and the scourge of leak investigations (including the 'Fox Mole')

Setting the record straight: Don't you dare allege any irony regarding Fox News's position on James Rosen and its position on Joe Muto.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:34 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Fox News, James Rosen, Justice Department

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 05/23/2013

What's the deal with James Rosen's parents?

The Justice Department demanded "subscriber records" for James Rosen's parents. What does that mean?

By Erik Wemple  |  01:50 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Justice Department

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/21/2013

AP phone records: Former DOJ officials finally articulate other side of controversy

Former Justice Department official says current Justice Department officials are constrained to use public information to explain their actions.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Justice Department, New York Times

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 05/21/2013

AP phone records: Attentive people disapprove!

Those who are watching the Associated Press-Justice Department case tend to disapprove of official actions. Surprise.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:12 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Justice Department, Pew Center

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Fox News: 'They went into our computer servers at Fox News'

Justice Department denies anyone went into any news outlet's servers.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fox News, Justice Department, leak, shepard smith, Stephen kim

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/19/2013

AP lawyer: 'We're not going to go away'

The Associated Press is determined to fight back against the Justice Department's seizure of phone records, its lawyer says.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:25 PM ET, 05/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Associated Press, Justice Department, phone records

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 05/17/2013

AP subpoena: Who says 550 interviews is enough?

Who gets to decide when the government has exhausted investigative alternatives short of snooping into journalists' phone records. The government.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:45 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Justice Department, media shield law, President Obama

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 05/16/2013

President Obama on allegations of overreach in AP case: No comment!

Time to take another look at the possibility of a media shield law, says the president.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:02 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Justice Department, President Obama

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Administration wanted to limit AP exclusive to five minutes: Report

Yes, five minutes!

By Erik Wemple  |  08:05 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Justice Department, Washington Post

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Media Matters denies involvement in Justice-AP talking points

A sister organization created a pro-administration blog post on the AP subpoenas, it claims.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:25 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Eric Holder, Justice Department, Media Matters

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/15/2013

'The reporter's access is the public's access'

Word from a constitutional scholar: It's not the press release that is endangered by bigfoot government.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Justice Department

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Maddow on DOJ v. AP: 'This fight is inevitable'

The Constitution takes sides on media freedom, notes the MSNBC host.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:21 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AP, Justice Department, Rachel Maddow

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 05/14/2013

AP subpoena: Journo says he lost sources in 2001 case

Former AP reporter John Solomon says sources "went cold" on him after the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed his home phone records.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:53 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Solomon, Justice Department

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

AP: Government subpoenaed journalists' phone records

Cell phone lines, home lines and office lines all subject to probe.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Associated Press, Justice Department, phone records