The Obama/Holder AP scandal has produced strange bedfellows. The DoJ’s seizing of Associated Press reporters’ phone records along with AG Eric Holder’s attempts to prosecute senior FOX correspondent, James Rosen as a “co-conspirator” for doing his job has sent a chill down the collective spines of both the liberal and conservative press. At long last, the left and the right agree on something.
Karen Tumulty of WaPo tweeted: “The alternative to “conspiring” with leakers to get information: Just writ[e] what the government tells you,” while The Guardian UK’s Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer, did a superb job of explaining the consequences of this administration’s overreach:
“That… is precisely the point of the unprecedented Obama war on whistle-blowers and press freedoms: to ensure that the only information the public can get is information that the Obama administration wants it to have. That’s why Obama’s one-side games with secrecy – we’ll prolifically leak when it glorifies the president and severely punish all other kinds – is designed to construct the classic propaganda model. And it’s good to see journalists finally speaking out in genuine outrage and concern about all of this.”
The media’s “genuine outrage” is too little too late.
They say “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” How about a pundit scorned? Even WaPo’s Eugene Robinson, long a fan and defender of the President, today penned a screed informing the Obama Administration that “journalism is not espionage.” But while Mr. Greenwald has been consistent in his coverage, long noting Obama’s inconsistencies and broken promises, the same cannot be said for most of big media. They behaved as sycophants who abetted the President in the belief that he could move mountains on the force of his own personality, providing valuable ground cover for his missteps and self-described “boneheaded” actions even before he ascended past the Senate.