• Adam Schiff Obtains Journalist’s Phone Records — and from the Left: Silence

    Surge Summary: Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff has snagged phone call records of an investigative reporter, his sources and even a fellow Congressman (Republican). Where is the widespread outrage of the sacredness of the journalistic process? 

    We have been gravely tutored consistently, for years, by the media and Left that source relationships are central to effective journalism. That the relationship between source and journalist is sacrosanct — so much so that reporters are willing to go to jail to preserve it.

    The Blaze’s Rob Eno, though, points out a dangerous precedent which has turned up: suddenly, when it comes to the impeachment of President Donald Trump? Radio silence on protecting journalism. Those same press members aren’t raising a stink about Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) obtaining records of calls between one of their own — investigative reporter John Solomon — and his sources regarding Ukrainian corruption.

    CNN reported, “The phone records, which are labeled in the report’s endnotes as coming from AT&T, show a web of communications between Solomon, Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Ukrainian American businessman Lev Parnas, Nunes and the White House’s budget office.”

    Now follow the bouncing ball: the Trump-obsessed Schiff not only obtained a journalist’s call records, but additionally the call records of his committee’s ranking member, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

    “Which is particularly rich coming from Schiff,” reminds Eno, “who is alleged to be a serial leaker.”

    Instead of expressing dismay that a journalist’s call logs were obtained by a congressional investigator, media types are piling on Solomon, calling into question his reporting, which was extensively sourced with primary documents from Ukraine and other sources.

    On Nov. 18, Politico media reporter Michael Calderone wrote about how The Hill, which published Solomon’s reporting on Ukraine, has opened an investigation into that reporting and vows to correct it, if necessary.

    CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter tweeted Monday that “the Hill’s editor emphasizes that Solomon’s work is being examined.” He also retweeted a tweet from Politico reporter Kyle Cheney regarding the phone call records obtained. So Stelter knew about the phone records as the primary means of bringing Solomon’s name into the record.

    The media and leftist elites’ actual beef with Solomon is that he dared investigate fully a narrative counter to theirs – and it seems to be true. That’s a no-no in America’s capital city, where the elite version of things is the only one given any weight.

    On top of the above, Schiff has crossed the Rubicon with this line of inquiry, setting a disturbing precedent. Eno writes we shouldn’t be surprised if Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) procures call records of Schiff and other media sources. Also, prepare yourself for people like Brian Stelter to abruptly rediscover their principles and commence carping once again about abuse of power.

    H/T: The Blaze/Rob Eno

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