Now They’re Mad? Media Hypocrisy in Rosen Case

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: civil liberties, media bias | 2 Comments »

Hypocrisy in Rosen Case

*** Outside of the sources, text below is same as in cartoon. ***

In 2013 elite American media outlets are in a fury about the Obama DOJ’s criminal investigation of James Rosen of Fox News under the Espionage Act of 1917. (3)

In contrast, the criminal pursuit of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks for the same “crime” led much of the US journalistic community to shun him. (4, 3)

In 2010 the NY Times Executive Editor said that Assange was not a “kindred spirit” and that his prosecution would not necessarily be an attack on press freedom. (1)

The Espionage Act of 1917 was first used against non-government-employees who had received and disseminated classified information by the W. Bush DOJ. (2)


1. Jeff Bercovici, “NY Times Editor: WikiLeaks Is ‘Not My Kind of News Organization,'”, 16 Dec. 2010. LINK

2. Glenn Greenwald, “Attempts to Prosecute WikiLeaks Endanger Press Freedoms,”, 14 Dec. 2010. LINK

3. Rebecca Shapiro and Jack Mirkinson, “Obama Administration’s Media Surveillance Unleashes Wave of Condemnation,”, 22 May 2013. LINK

4. Nancy Youssef, “In WikiLeaks Fight, US Journalists Take a Pass,”, 9 Jan. 2011. LINK

2 Comments on “Now They’re Mad? Media Hypocrisy in Rosen Case”

  1. 1 It Is Nice To See The NYTimes Finally Get In Line With Fox. < patrick said at 5:03 pm on May 26th, 2013:

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  2. 2 29 May 2013 | This Day in WikiLeaks said at 12:13 am on August 8th, 2014:

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