David Axelrod Disturbed by Justice Department Targeting of Fox News Reporter

co-conspireReason 24/7David Axelrod, who helped engineer Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential victories and is now an MSNBC contributor, is not proud of revelations that the Obama Administration targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen as part of a leaks investigation.

From the Hill:

The Justice Department’s surveillance of a Fox News reporter is "disturbing," David Axelrod said Tuesday. 

The former Obama campaign adviser specially said he found it troublesome that the Department of Justice decided to label chief Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen a criminal co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.

“I do think there are real issues regarding the relationship with the media on this leak matter,” Axelrod said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe." “The notion of naming a journalist as a co-conspirator for receiving information is something that I find very disturbing.

I reviewed the history of the Obama Administration’s leaks prosecutions here. One of its former targets, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, says the administration is “exhibiting narcissistic tendencies” by targeting journalists in their pursuit of leaks.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Very disturbing. I mean, who thought that anyone but Fox News would try to report on this story?

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  • Lord Humungus||

    looks legit /derp

  • Rich||

    Well, to be fair -- those are *Canadian* dollars.

  • ||

    And? I'll take those any day over the soon to be worthless greenbacks in my wallet.

  • Bobarian||

    Selling your ass on the intertubes is totally legit.

  • Skip||

    By MSNBC standards (not sucking his dick 24/7), Axelrod is probably considered an Obama hater.

  • Loki||

    Axelrod fired from MSNBC in 3... 2... 1...

  • Brandybuck||

    He finds it disturbing that public attention has been called to this case. Nothing more.

  • gaijin||

    ^this

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Concur.

  • sarcasmic||

    You know who else found things to be disturbing?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Darth Vader?

  • Slammer||

    "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced"

    Obi-wan?

  • Pro Libertate||

    He wasn't disturbed. He was saying the Force was disturbed.

  • A Serious Man||

    He was clearly upset and disturbed by the magnitude of what happened.

  • DontShootMe||

    I think Alec Guinness was more disturbed by the dialog he was forced to read....

  • ||

    He was probably more disturbed by the lack of bridges on the planet Tatooine.

  • Pro Libertate||

    He was disturbed by the Force's disturbance. Metadisturbed, if you will.

  • Slammer||

    He was disturbed by the disturbance he felt

  • sarcasmic||

  • LTC(ret) John||

    I find your lack of faith...disturbing.

  • db||

    We used to play a game wherein we would choose a word (and sometimes a specific movie) and see who could come up with the best altered movie quote by replacing one word in the quote with the select word.

    I once won with "I find your lack of pants...disturbing."

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced"

    Sounds like George Lucas was ripping off Spock from "The Immunity Syndrome".

  • Pro Libertate||

    He foresaw the Abrams involvement in both films.

  • ||

    "...as if millions of geeks suddenly cried out in horror..."

  • MJGreen||

    He also founds thing impressive. He was quite a nuanced character.

  • A Serious Man||

    Most impressive.

  • ||

    Roger Clemens?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Well, Droopy, you helped inflict this guy on us, I am SURE you didn't see this coming, eh?

  • sarcasmic||

    When did dogs get the vote?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    You ask this in reference to a Chicago fixer?! With a horrible mustache, no less.

  • Ted S.||

    David Axelrod Disturbed by Justice Department Targeting of Fox News Reporter

    Just like Capt. Renault was shocked to find that there was gambling going on at Rick's.

  • ||

    Headline missing two words "being caught"

  • radar||

    Was Axelrod able to keep a straight face while he said that, or did he keep giggling like Jimmy fucking Fallon used to do incessently while ruining sketches on SNL a decade ago?

  • Acosmist||

    You can't ruin an SNL sketch any further than it already is.

  • Mokers||

    I never understood why he an Horatio Sanz couldn't get through even the most unfunny sketch without laughing about 30 seconds in.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Watch some of the Carol Burnett Show episodes. They used to crack each other up frequently, especially after Conway came on because he considered it a personal challenge to make Harvey Keitel break character at least once an episode.

    The difference is that those guys were such pros that they would just run with it and often integrate it into the skit. Fallon and Sanz had no self-control whatsoever; if it hadn't been for Walken's awesomeness, they would have ruined the "Cowbell" skit too.

  • Almanian!||

    Carol Burnett Show FTW. You're right - they used to egg each other on. We loved that show when I was a kid.

    I actually liked Horatio Sanz quite a bit, esp as Fallon's stoner friend in the college webcam sketches. Also in the "cork soaker" bit they did with Janet Jackson. Which they all made it through without cracking up.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    To be fair to Sanz, he wasn't as bad as Fallon. But you could tell that SNL would be the pinnacle of his career. Fallon should have suffered the same fate, and if anyone ever figures out how someone so untalented came to be named as host of the Tonight Show, the cure for cancer will probably soon follow.

  • MattJ||

    Keitel?

  • Marshall Gill||

    exhibiting narcissistic tendencies

    Tendencies? Obama is an actual physical incarnation of the Goddess Narcissus, and Axelrod knows it or else he is the most obtuse human being ever born.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Narcissus was a god, not a goddess. Nemesis was a goddess, and lets hope our little Narcissist meets her soon.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Oops, Narcissus was a male, not a god.

  • ||

  • MJGreen||

    Star Trek: Narcissus was my favorite TNG movie.

  • Pro Libertate||

    You picked the wrong week to stop smelling noxious volcanic fumes.

  • A Serious Man||

    Narcissus was a man who was so good-looking he drowned in a river when he fell in lust with his own reflection. Let's hope the metaphorical equivalent of that happens to Obama.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    Metaphorical?

  • DontShootMe||

    Just think, all we need is a really still day, a golf course with lots of water hazards, and one tragic hook...

  • Bobarian||

    Maybe a cooperative gator?

  • Killazontherun||

    Maybe a gator? The gator is everything.

  • gaijin||

    I wonder if Holder will be tossed aside--or under the bus--on this. There is still so much campaigning to do for Obamacare and so little time.

  • db||

    Holder has to have some industrial grade dirt in a heap somewhere, otherwise there's no way he would have been kept around for so long. Otherwise he would be too much of an embarrassment to the Administration.

  • gaijin||

    Obama is an actual physical incarnation

    'The Press' is not far behind in loving themselves...to the point of blindness

  • ant1sthenes||

    The only reason he's so articulate is that his picture is in the dictionary right next to "narcissistic".

  • Slammer||

    "Participation in extracurricular activities is a right," Mears said.

    Not allowing his son to participate constitutes bullying, harassment, and an "abusive school environment" in which the sophomore's rights to due process and freedom of speech were impeded

  • Goldwyn Smith||

    Huh before I read the article I thought he was kicked out for being gay or something but it turns out he was just dumped from the team. They're not even crying racist.

    Though isn't discriminating against race teams um *racist?* Ow stop hitting me!

  • ||

    "I felt in a way, disrespected," Mawusimensah, 16, said Friday. "At practice, I work hard and I try to be the best athlete I can be, but at meet time, I didn't get the respect that I thought I deserved."

    If someone uses "disrespect" as a verb, he's almost certainly a megadipshit. Isn't that one of the Iron Laws?

  • Almanian!||

    Dude, you're totally disrespecting him.

  • ||

    It's not that it's wrong, it's just that it's almost always done by gigantic idiots. Like you.

  • Mainer2||

    There's a lot of nonsense out in the world that I can at least tolerate or ignore, but this "disrespect" shit just brings up the red mist. Anyone who says it should be drawn and quartered and then the pieces shot.

  • Loki||

    ^THIS^

    Crybaby douchenozzles whining about "disrespected" is almost always an indicator of someone with an enormous sense of entitlement. On the plus side for him, he could probably run for president someday.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    It's unfair, Mears said, that his son wasn't allowed to compete, even though he may have been faster than some seniors who raced.

    Was he actually faster? Or is this something that goes into shitthatneverhappened.txt?

    But, he added of that involvement, "the positive side is at least they are concerned about their kids, in contrast with many parents who don't get involved at all."

    Because nothing says "involved" like suing for $40 million and two state championship shirts the brat didn't earn.

  • ||

    Is targeting a journalist an impeachable offense? Isn't freedom of the press protected in the 1st amendment?

  • Almanian!||

    More than 100 years old. Not relevant to the Internet Age. Nuclear weaponsZ! Derp.

  • Rich||

    Exactly. Why, I'll wager not some *newspapers* don't use "the press" anymore.

  • A Serious Man||

    Do you want the terrorists to win? Because that's what'll happen if we allow journalists to publish information that has nothing to do with national security but is still classified anyway.

  • Goldwyn Smith||

    Well back in 1776 they were talking about actual printing presses.

  • Goldwyn Smith||

    Faux News. Intolerance. Rethuglikkkan obstructionism. Racist.

  • Loki||

    One of its former targets, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, says the administration is “exhibiting narcissistic tendencies” by targeting journalists in their pursuit of leaks.

    Gee you mean the administration of a power hungry, wannabe despot with delusions of God-hood is exhibiting "narcissistic tendencies? Say it ain't so...

  • Goldwyn Smith||

    Do you love The Drake or hate The Drake?

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