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Lawmakers Seek End to DOJ’s Reporter Surveillance Efforts

Two Democratic lawmakers sent letter to AG Garland after Washington Post reporting

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) faces criticism from two Democratic lawmakers who
want the agency to stop acquiring journalists’ phone records to identify their sources,
The Hill reports.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sent a letter to Attorney
General Merrick Garland asking him to stop the practice of seeking phone information
on reporters.

“Simply put, the government should not collect journalists’ communications records
unless it’s investigating them for a crime or as part of an investigation into foreign
espionage, in which case it should get a warrant,” the lawmakers wrote.

“The Biden administration has the opportunity to voluntarily leave behind the thuggish
and Orwellian abuses of power of the last administration and stand up as a world leader
for press freedoms. To that end, we urge you to revise the DOJ’s guidelines for
investigations of journalists.”

This letter comes off the heels of a report from The Washington Post, which revealed
that reporters Post Ellen Nakashima and Greg, along with former reporter Adam
Entous, received letters from the DOJ.

The agency stated that they had records of their phone interactions from April 15 to July
31 in 2017, including calls made from their phones and how long each lasted. However,
they didn’t include what was discussed on the calls.

When asked for a comment on the matter, a DOJ spokesperson told the Post that the
reporters themselves were not under investigation, but “rather those with access to the
national defense information who provided it to the media and thus failed to protect it as
lawfully required.”

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Joe Rogan Says Elon Musk Didn’t Handle @ElonJet Right

“It’s definitely weird and I would not like it at all. I don’t think it’s a nice thing to do.”

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Elon Musk made headlines for banning the @ElonJet Twitter account and others that tracked the location of his private plane earlier this month. Initially, he offered the account’s owner $5000 to stop. Joe Rogan thinks the billionaire didn’t handle it in the best way.

According to Rogan, if Musk’s actions did anything, they exposed the account to more people than previously knew about it.

“People are paying attention to it,” he said this week on The Joe Rogan Experience. “He might be able to monetize it.”

Musk faced criticism for removing the accounts that reported on his plane’s location. Keith Olbermann, one of the journalists temporarily suspended from the platform, called the Twitter CEO a “lying, hypocritical, paranoid snowflake” in response to the decision.

Joe Rogan disagrees with the criticism. In his mind, the existence of the account is so strange that Musk’s disdain for it is understandable.

“It’s definitely weird and I would not like it at all. I don’t think it’s a nice thing to do.”

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Carl Jackson Reacts To Death of ABC News Producer

Podcaster and radio host Carl Jackson expressed sympathy and remorse for the untimely death of ABC News producer Dax Tejera.

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Podcaster and radio host Carl Jackson expressed sympathy and remorse for the untimely death of ABC News producer Dax Tejera. Jackson, who was filling in for Brandon Tatum on Tuesday, said that the story is heartbreaking. 

“You should see a picture of this guy,” Jackson said. “Young, good-looking, and healthy.” 

ABC News President Kim Godwin sent a memo to employees to announce his death, saying Tejera’s energy, passion, and love for the show “shined every Sunday morning.”

“It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that our friend and colleague, Dax Tejera passed away suddenly of a heart attack last night,” Godwin said in a memo.

“I don’t mean to politicize this, and I don’t know why he died, I’m only saying we’ve seen this a lot,” said Jackson. “Morticians have seen this a lot where younger people are dying suddenly of heart attacks.”

Tejera served as the Executive Producer of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Godwin said Tejera had a tremendous passion for the show.

“You can read stories about morticians that are finding blood clots the size of intestines, they are so large,” said Jackson. “Tejera was a young, ambitious guy that had risen through the ranks that had done a great job for George Stephanopoulos. This man leaves behind a wife and two daughters. This is why this conversation is so important.” 

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Libs of TikTok Owner Goes One-on-One with Tucker Carlson 

Raichik told Carlson that she’s motivated to educate people about what she’s posting and why she’s posting it. 

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The owner of an anonymous social media account called “Libs of TikTok” revealed her identity to Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday night. Chaya Raichik has been accused of publishing hate speech for simply reposting content from members of the LGBTQ+ community and transgender activists.  

Raichik told Carlson that she’s motivated to educate people about what she’s posting and why she’s posting it. 

“I’ve helped educate people; I know that I’ve helped create legislation to tackle some of these issues. And I think I have done all I can. And I am ready for the next step,” she said. 

According to Fox News Digital, Raichik created her account two years ago to spread awareness about what was happening in America’s classrooms. 

“When my account started growing, I realized the hatred that the Left has and their violent nature, and I was like, ‘I am going to remain anonymous’ … and I have remained anonymous until my account was doxxed,” Raichik said. 

“Doxing” is the act of searching for and publishing private or identifying information about a particular individual on the internet, typically with malicious intent.

“I get people asking me all the time, mom groups, can you come help us? I get invitations to help people understand how to expose the left and how to fight it. Being anonymous…I was restrained from doing all of those things, and I am ready to do that,” Raichik stated. 

Raichik added that she has some speaking engagements scheduled in the next couple of months.  

You can catch the full interview on “Tucker Carlson Today” on Fox Nation. 

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