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What the DOJ's new guidelines mean for journalists

The U.S. Department of Justice's new revised guidelines tightening government access to journalists' records officially take effect this week. Yet the protections are not absolute, leaving some important exceptions in the hands of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder to circumvent the safeguards, particularly when it comes to classified information deemed potentially harmful. The guidelines specifically aim to shield journalists from “certain law enforcement tools,” the department noted, including subpoenas, court orders and search warrants that “might unreasonably impair ordinary newsgathering activities." Read More
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Fox News' Greta Van Susteren is staying, but Megyn Kelly moving to prime time

Mediaite | GretaWire | Politico | New York Times While Greta Van Susteren is denying Mediaite's report that she went looking for a position with CNN, her Fox News coworker Megyn Kelly, who is expecting her third child, is gearing up for a move to prime time. In a very brief blog post Tuesday, Van Susteren addressed Andrew Kirell's Monday item claiming that "according to our high-level sources within CNN, the Fox host initiated several meetings with CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker earlier this spring, inquiring about a potential return to CNN." The On The Record host wrote: I am not going anywhere. I have a long term contract with Fox  and it is for a show in “prime time.” Done, ok? (And by the way, don’t you love the courage of the anonymous sources? and those who then speculate from there? ) Read More
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Ann Coulter makes reference to killing blogger Meghan McCain in controversial column

Fox News | Huffington Post | AnnCoulter.com | New York Fox News has apparently taken down a column written by Ann Coulter that made a reference to killing blogger Meghan McCain in order to push Republicans to vote for gun-control laws. The column in question, published on Fox Nation Wednesday, made the apparent joke to point out what it would take for Republicans to join Democrats in passing gun-control legislation. The post, which is still available on Coulter's own blog, began: Obama has been draping himself in families of the children murdered in Newtown. MSNBC's Martin Bashir suggested that Republican senators need to have a member of their families killed for them to support the Democrats' gun proposals. (Let's start with Meghan McCain!) Read More