I’ve often wondered what it would take for the State Run Media (SRM) to stop licking the boots of Obama and start doing their jobs as journalists and I think we may have finally reached that tipping point.
I was beginning to have my doubts based on the SRM’s response to some pretty heinous scandals.
Fast and Furious? “Meh.”
Benghazi? “It’s an old story.”
Green Jobs/Crony Capitalism Boondoggle? “All politicians do this.”
IRS targeting Right Wing groups? “Wait, what? Well, I guess they had it coming and something about low level employees and stuff.” (Sidenote: The IRS acting commission knew about this last year.)
“The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.”
“The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.”
“In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.”
And here’s the chilling part for those in the SRM….The AP would never had known about this unless the DoJ sent them a letter last Friday admitting to the deed.
“In the letter notifying the AP, which was received Friday, the Justice Department offered no explanation for the seizure, according to Pruitt’s letter and attorneys for the AP.”
The useful idiots of the SRM will only continue to shill for the President as long as they think they won’t be subject to the Government’s overstepping their bounds and violating the Constitution. They think they are in a privileged class that will be immune to persecution as long as they print stories that are flattering to Obama and they do their jobs of providing diversions to the real scandals.
Having a Press that is free from Government influence or spying is a Maginot line that the SRM thought would never be crossed. Now that this defensive fortification has been easily breached, this should be the point where the SRM gets together and somehow finds their testicles. They must realize that if they don’t stop the Government at this point, their cushy way of life will end. There is nothing preventing the DoJ from obtaining the phone records of other journalists. Even Chuck Todd.
This has to be the tipping point for the SRM.
To paraphrase the dear Reverend Wright: The SRM’s CHICKens…….are coming hooome……to ROOST!
As is often the case, Reagan had a line which applies here:
“…just feeding the crocodile, hoping he’ll eat you last”
The Press was perfectly happy to feed the crocodile, …until THEY felt the croc’s teeth.
I wonder why the DOJ sent the letter? Could he be that arrogant that he didn’t think anything would come of it? Or is there more…
I believe that what we’ll all find out is that a reporting of the event was about to be released, and they were trying to “get out in front of it”. Of course, “The Unaware-in-Chief” will be “shocked”, having “just heard about it”, and will appoint a blue-ribbon committee made up of his acolytes to look into it.
Via Newsbusters , if you’ve got reporters now saying stuff like this on the air at Obama TV, you’ve got something. I’m pleasantly surprised that she named two different scandals as big deals, as there seems to be a developing strategy (on Twitter at least) among lefties to choose just one as the “real scandal” as a way of minimizing the rest. If that’s how this shakes out, the AP/DOJ showdown will quickly become the “real scandal,” partly because it’s legitimately troubling, partly because the media has a professional stake in it, and partly because it probably has the least amount of “legs” for Republicans as an electoral issue before the midterms. (Although don’t put it past some especially committed lefties to conclude that the real scandal here is, naturally, the GOP .) The flaw in that strategy, though, is that the IRS story simply won’t stop growing; pause here and take a gander at just the last 16 hours or so of our front page. This clusterfark may reach the point where it’s narrative-proof, even if the narrative involves beating O up over a different scandal in the name of limiting the damage.
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