James Rosen (journalist)

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James Rosen
Secretary Kerry Conducts an Interview With Fox News' Rosen.jpg
Interview with John Kerry, Qatar 2013
Born
James Samuel Rosen[1]

(1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 52)
OccupationJournalist, television correspondent
Spouse(s)Sara Ann Durkin
Children2

James Samuel Rosen (born September 2, 1968) is an American journalist, television correspondent, and author, who worked as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Fox News Channel and is now employed by Sinclair Broadcast Group.[2]

Early life[edit]

Rosen was born in 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, to Myron and Regina Rosen. His parents moved when he was young to neighboring borough Staten Island, and he went to public schools there. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He then attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating with a master's degree in journalism.[3]

Career

Rosen's first job after graduating from journalism school was as a producer for the New York television channel NY1. His on-air career began when he was hired by Roberto Soto at News 12–The Bronx. Initially Rosen was a one-man band street reporter at News 12-The Bronx and was eventually promoted to anchorman. He also served as camera operator, editor, and producer for that network. He also worked at CBS News as a researcher for lead anchor Dan Rather.[4] Rosen worked for WREX-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Rockford, Illinois.[5]

Rosen joined Fox News as an on-air correspondent in February 1999. According to his Fox News biography, he has since reported "from 49 states and more than three dozen foreign countries across five continents."[3]

In January 2003, Rosen was named the "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" at the annual "Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest" charity event, after performing a comedy routine that included imitations of George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Helen Thomas, and Tom Brokaw, among others.[6]

Rosen left Fox News at the end of 2017 in the context of multiple claims that he sexually harassed coworkers. Interviews with eight of his former colleagues revealed allegations of multiple instances in which Rosen made "overt physical and sexual overtures".[7] Rosen declined to comment on these allegations when they were reported by NPR.[7]

Reporting for Sinclair Broadcast Group on December 5, 2019, Rosen irked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when he asked her if she "hates President Trump" as she was leaving a press conference regarding the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Pelosi replied to Rosen, “I don’t hate anybody.” She then returned to the lectern and stated: “As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”[8] Pelosi added that she prays for Trump on a frequent basis, to which Trump later replied: "I don’t believe her, not even close."[8]

Books[edit]

In 2008 Rosen's book, The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate was published by Doubleday; it was a biography of Richard Nixon's attorney general, John N. Mitchell, and his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Rosen had spent 17 years researching and writing The Strong Man; the project was initially based on a grant Rosen had received from William F. Buckley Jr., soon after graduating from journalism school, to write the book.[4]

Rosen edited A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century published in 2016 from the writings of William Buckley.[9] The book includes Rosen's introduction and prefaces for each of 52 eulogies or obituaries that follow.[10] His son Christopher Buckley has suggested that the volume, published eight years after Buckley's death, might be the greatest of his father's 60-some books.[11]

Justice Department investigation[edit]

James Rosen in Doha, Qatar on March 5, 2013

On May 17, 2013, The Washington Post reported the United States Department of Justice had monitored Rosen's activities by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, timing of calls and his personal emails.[12]

In 2013, the Department of Justice of the Obama administration, under the personal direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, issued a secret search warrant targeting Rosen's emails and other records or information relevant to a government leak from Stephen Jin-Woo Kim that led to a story by Rosen about North Korea.[13] In their analysis of this incident, the ACLU concluded: "The fundamental issue is that the government has lost a sense of proportion in enforcing our national security laws, and that should be of enormous concern to us all."[14]

To obtain the warrants, the Justice Department said he was "accused in a Justice Department affidavit of being a possible criminal 'co-conspirator'" with Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Fox News executive Michael Clemente said: "We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter."[15] Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant of Rosen, who was labeled a "flight risk" to keep from being informed of the ongoing surveillance.[16][failed verification] The Justice Department's methods have caused various analysts and others to express concerns that "aggressive investigation of classified leaks by government officials are having a chilling effect on news organizations' ability to play a watchdog role" according to USA Today.[17][18] Fox News contributor former judge Andrew Napolitano commented: "This is the first time that the federal government has moved to this level of taking ordinary, reasonable, traditional, lawful reporter skills and claiming they constitute criminal behavior."[19]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, he married Sara Ann Durkin.[1] Rosen lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Sara Durkin, James Rosen". The New York Times. June 13, 2004. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Ariens, Chris (December 22, 2017). "James Rosen Out at Fox News". Adweek. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "James Rosen" (biography). Fox News Channel. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Gillette, Felix (April 22, 2008). "Watergate Revisionism: Fox Journalist Expiates John Mitchell". Observer. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016.
  5. ^ Cunningham, Pat (June 6, 2014). "Former Rockford TV reporter peddles questionable theory that Bowe Bergdahl is a jihadist". Leavenworth Times (blog post). Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  6. ^ 2003 Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest, C-SPAN Video Library; accessed January 24, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Folkenflik, David (January 10, 2018). "Top Fox News D.C. Reporter James Rosen Left Network After Harassment Claims". All Things Considered. NPR. Archived from the original on November 1, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Kellman, Laurie (December 5, 2019). "House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'". Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 6, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Buckley, William F., Jr. (2016). Rosen, James (ed.). A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century. New York: Crown Forum. ISBN 978-1101906217. LCCN 2016017488.
  10. ^ Judge, Clark S. (September 30, 2016). "Reading Bill Buckley in the Age of Trump". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on December 9, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Brown, Nat (October 4, 2016). "Great 20th-Century Lives, Through William F. Buckley's Eyes". National Review (review). Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Marimow, Ann E. (May 20, 2013). "A rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  13. ^ Lizza, Ryan (May 24, 2013). "How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen's Warrant Secret". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on April 24, 2017.
  14. ^ Rottman, Gabe (May 21, 2013). "Justice Department's Overreaching on Leaks Threatens Freedom of the Press". American Civil Liberties Union. Archived from the original on December 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Justice Department affidavit labels Fox News journalist as possible 'co-conspirator'". Fox News. May 20, 2013. Archived from the original on November 19, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  16. ^ Rove, Karl (May 24, 2013). "Did Holder mislead Congress about targeting reporters like James Rosen?". Fox News. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  17. ^ Madhani, Aamer; Johnson, Kevin (May 20, 2013). "Are Justice Department leak probes causing a chill?". USA Today. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  18. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (May 20, 2013). "Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes". The Guardian. Archived from the original on August 19, 2019. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "'How Does Jay Carney Sleep at Night?': Napolitano, Kilmeade Discuss James Rosen Probe". Fox News Insider. May 21, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.

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