Some senators say the press has no right to criticize leakers on the one hand and defend recipients of leaks on the other. That is one way to look at it. Here is another way:
Timothy Phelps of Newsday and Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio gave certain sources a promise of confidentiality in return for information about Anita Hill's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They lived up to their word when they were pressured to reveal their sources. Senators and staff members gave Anita Hill a promise of confidentiality in return for her testimony. Some did not live up to their word and leaked Ms. Hill's testimony, in violation of Senate rules.
Their intent was to block Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court. The result instead was to besmirch the reputations of Ms. Hill, Judge Thomas and Judiciary Committee members. Then these leakers lied under oath, which is a violation of the U.S. code, when questioned about this by a "temporary special independent counsel."