NY Times: Obama Administration Shows 'Insufficient Concern About a Free Press'

By Susan Jones | May 22, 2013 | 7:32 AM EDT

The New York Times building in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(CNSNews.com) - The liberal New York Times is standing up for Fox News, its conservative-leaning competition:

"With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible 'co-conspirator' in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news," says an editorial in Wednesday's paper.

The editorial noted that leak investigations "usually focus on the source, not the reporter." But in this case, federal prosecutors requested a secret warrant to look at Fox reporter James Rosen's personal emails.

"The Rosen case follows other signs that the administration has gone overboard in its zeal to find and muzzle insiders," the editorial said.

"Obama administration officials often talk about the balance between protecting secrets and protecting the constitutional rights of a free press. Accusing a reporter of being a 'co-conspirator,' on top of other zealous and secretive investigations, shows a heavy tilt toward secrecy and insufficient concern about a free press."

The editorial is titled, "Another Chilling Leak Investigation."