Journalists criticize Obama administration, say Fox News' James Rosen targeted 'for basic reporting'

Published: Monday, May 20 2013 4:14 p.m. MDT

"Accusing James Rosen of committing crimes — for basic reporting — may be the most dangerous thing the Obama DOJ has done yet," he also tweeted.

Howard Fineman, the editorial director of The Huffington Post Media Group, also sounded the alarm on Twitter, saying the Rosen probe is "as bad/worse than AP.

"In unprecedented move, gov't says he 'conspired' with leakers to get info," Fineman said. "That's what reporters do!"

"We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter. In fact, it is downright chilling," Fox News Executive VP of News Michael Clemente said in a statement to TVNewser. "We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press."

Fox News' Megyn Kelly and Shannon Bream reported Monday afternoon that Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse and DOJ and National Security Senior Producer Mike Levine were also targeted.

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