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Welcome Huckabee -- from the Fox News studios in New York City.
Our thoughts are prayers go to the folks in Oklahoma and throughout the middle of the country who have been devastated by tornadoes and other storms.
Including floods for the past few days.
And our hearts go out to him and I know we all join and wanting to do everything possible contributing to relief efforts on their behalf.
I'm James Rosen.
Okay well I'm really not James Rosen he's younger he's smarter he's much better looking than me.
I'm James Rosen and so are you.
James was targeted by the Department of Justice.
And had his personal and professional email accounts and -- phone records even those of his parents invaded.
By storm trooping federal agents who electronically violated.
One of the most sacred sanctuaries of American citizenship the right of a free press to ask questions seek truth.
And to publish its findings with an absolute protection from the government to interfere.
But the founders were so adamant about having a press that would serve as watchdogs are not lap dogs to the government.
That the beginning of the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of the press along with freedom of speech religion and association.
Starts with these words.
Congress shall make no law.
The bill of rights was not written as a list of no -- for citizens it was a list of absolute shall -- applied to the government.
The founders didn't fear that there would be too much freedom.
They feared too little freedom.
Because Jack booted government goons might one -- decided.
Those pesky people writing for the papers ought to sit back shut up and just endure the -- Now look when I was governor I didn't always like the press.
And they sure as heck didn't like me.
There is always a little tension between those in office who sincerely believe that.
We're serving the public's interest and the members of the press who feel that we're all a bunch of crooks and liars.
But in my most frustrated moments with a story that I thought was inaccurate distorted.
Or just plain vicious.
It never occurred to me.
I can call -- state police and have a reporter electronically roughed up by bug in his phone are hacking into his computer.
I never contemplated giving an order to our state tax authority.
To go audit somebody -- sick regulatory agencies on people who said or did things that I didn't like.
When Eric Holder personally signed off on the snooping operation that stomped on the constitutional rights of James Rosen.
He violated all of us.
We are all vulnerable to a government that thinks that he can use what was intended to be very limited power in some ARM Ltd fashion.
James Rosen along with other fox colleagues like Catherine Herridge Jennifer Griffin ought to be up for a Pulitzer Prize for their investigative reporting on stories.
-- In fact they were breaking news when a lot of news organizations were breaking wind.
But what has happened to James Rosen is not about him or about Fox News.
It's about whether our great republic is going to be able to survive.
If people are crushed by their own government because they dared to challenge it and hold it accountable.
President Obama has used the occasion of the white house correspondents' dinner each and every year to -- the importance of a free press.
Thomas Jefferson once if you have the choice between a government without.
Newspapers or newspapers without a government he would not hesitate to choose the -- This country.
Absolutely needs a healthy vibrant.
-- needs it more than ever now.
We've seen journalists threatened -- Arrested.
And in some cases even killed.
Simply for doing their best to bring us the story pretty impressive isn't afraid to ask questions to examine.
And to criticize.
Well if he looks the other way.
While the person is supposed to be the top law enforcement official in the land.
Guts those parts of the constitution that supposed to get an ironclad protection to a free press.
Then let's hope that no one shows up next year.
For the farce that the dinner will represented.
In the meantime.
If anyone's rights are being savaged.
So where yours.
So I might not be as young or Smart or is nice looking.
But for now.
I am James Rosen and so are you.
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