Not that one would notice from the behavior of the vast majority of the MSM- to them, leaks are only criminal when they embarrass or otherwise discomfit members of their favored breed (Democrats or other liberal icons). However, a federal judge ruled today that gaining material illegally and then turning it over to the media is NOT a Constitutionally protected action.
According to Breitbart, Representative Jim McDermott broke federal law when he illegally wiretapped a phone call between then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and current Majority Leader John Boehner. Despite the pleading of most of the MSM (apparently they are not satisfied with leaking inside dish- they want to be able to use illegal materials- though they would not allow police to use similar methods), the appeals court was unswayed and correctly ruled.
It seems that the MSM are wanting rights and privileges that they would be loath to allow any other group not utilize. Along with the federal shield law, reporters are always trying to become a favored group under law- as if they do not have enough power already. What this country needs is a lessening of the power wielded by the MSM- not a strengthening. I am glad that in this case at least, the MSM failed to get their way. And now that the decision did not go their way, I can almost guarantee that there will be snarky articles in most of the MSM regarding this decisions.
Hat tip to Matt Drudge.