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Morning Joe Attacks Snowden as 'Weasel'

While discussing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough railed against the source of Glen Greenwald's story exposing vast electronic wiretapping by the US government and called him "a weasel." Jun 12, 2013 5:44 AM PT

AP: Don't Call Snowden 'Whistleblower'

According to Michael Calderone, AP standards editor Tom Kent told his staff Monday that "whether the actions exposed by Snowden and [WikiLeaks source Bradley] Manning constitute wrongdoing is hotly contested, so we should not call them whistle-blowers on our own at this point." Jun 12, 2013 4:27 AM PT

King: Prosecute Journalists for Publishing Leaked Information

"Actually, if they–if they knew that this was classified information–I think action should be taken, especially on something of this magnitude. I know that the whole issue of leaks has been gone into over the last month. I think something on this magnitude, there is an obligation, both moral but also legal, I believe, against a reporter disclosing something which would so severely compromise national security. As a practical matter, I–I guess it happened in the past several years, a number of reporters who have been prosecuted under us, so the answer is yes to your question." Jun 12, 2013 2:44 AM PT

Greenwald Slams Mika For 'Misleading' With White House Talking Points

The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the man who broke the NSA snooping story and revealed leaker Edward Snowden to the world, appeared on "Morning Joe" on MSNBC Monday morning. Co-host Mika Brezinski engaged in a mini-debate with Greenwald over the legality of the leaks. She told Greenwald that the wiretapping requires a search warrant, "It’s not like there’s haphazard probing into all of our personal emails." Jun 10, 2013 5:41 AM PT

Pentagon Papers' Ellsberg Praises Snowden

Daniel Ellsberg, the man who helped bring down the Nixon presidency with the leak of the Pentagon Papers, called NSA leaker Edward Snowden "a hero." Blogger Trevor Timm announced on Twitter that he was with Ellsberg when the Snowden story broke Sunday afternoon. Jun 10, 2013 4:07 AM PT

GOP Rep Attacks Reporter Over NSA Story

"Someone did not have authorization to release this information. Why that’s so important is they didn’t have all of the information. I know your reporter that you interviewed, Greenwald, says that he’s got it all and now is an expert on the program. He doesn’t have a clue how this thing works, and neither did the person who released just enough information to literally be dangerous." Jun 10, 2013 3:41 AM PT

Coulter: NSA Snooping More About ‘Harassing Americans’ than Fighting Terrorism

Ann Coulter hammered the Obama Administration's credibility and competence with regard tot he NSA snooping scandal. In a characteristically fiery appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity," Coulter pointed out that the record gathering policy itself is not necessarily a problem, but in the hands of President Barack Obama, it is being used for "harassing Americans." Jun 7, 2013 4:02 AM PT

Olbermann Returns

In a stunning statement to at least half of their viewers, TBS has announced polarizing TV personality Keith Olbermann will co-host their post-season baseball coverage this fall. Olbermann has recently settled with his last employer, Current TV, and has been relatively idle since his last full-time gig. Jun 7, 2013 2:47 AM PT

In 2005 Then-Senator Obama Voted NO On Patriot Act's Wiretap Provision

In view of Thursday's revelation that the Obama Administration obtained a subpoena for the wholesale acquisition of every single phone call made by every American on the Verizon network, it's enlightening to see the staunch civil libertarian stance Obama took as a Senator in 2005 when George W. Bush occupied the Oval Office.  Jun 6, 2013 9:17 AM PT

'Today' Plaza Evacuated After Man Tries To Slit Wrists

A man in the crowd outside the "Today Show" studios took out a knife and cut himself Thursday morning. Matt Lauer informed viewers of the incident as the broadcast commenced in studio during a segment that was originally scheduled to be live in the "Today" Plaza in Rockefeller Center. Jun 6, 2013 7:42 AM PT

Boston Bombing 'Bag Men' Sue NY Post

The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. That evening, authorities released photographs of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jun 6, 2013 7:13 AM PT

Al Jazeera Hires NBC Reporter As White House Correspondent

"As far as concerns over an Al Jazeera bias, I'd say: Watch and see, watch and learn. It will quickly become apparent what we're all about, and those concerns will dissipate quickly, to the extent that they still exist." Jun 6, 2013 5:00 AM PT

Politico: Be Afraid Of Bloomberg

Jim VandeHei: "Who scares me the most? The entity that should worry media companies the most is Bloomberg because they have huge ambitions and huge cash reserves and they clearly have an appetite for more Washington coverage." Jun 6, 2013 3:43 AM PT

Sharpton Converts 'Politics Nation' To 'Convict Zimmerman Show'

When NBC News granted Al Sharpton the honor of having a prime time news show on their cable outlet, MSNBC, they lauded his role as an "elder statesman" of the Democratic Party. They named the show "Politics Nation" and positioned the nightly broadcast as a left-leaning political show focusing on national politics as a natural lead-in to "Hardball." It was a well-orchestrated PR strategy to distance Sharpton from his controversial and odious past as a race-baiting advocate for proven liars Tawana Brawley and the antagonist in the Duke Lacrosse case. Jun 1, 2013 11:22 AM PT

Huffington Post Fooled By Fake White House Press Corps Site

The Huffington Post reported that "The White House Press Corps homepage and Twitter feed appears to have been hacked early Friday" but it appears they were observing a fake site and Twitter feed that has no actual affiliation with the White House Press Corps. May 31, 2013 11:17 AM PT

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