Talk about burning your bridges.
The Obama Administration only exists because of media complacency and collusion in maintaining the public image of President Obama as the Left’s Messiah who will save the country from the evil conservatives.
This week, the Administration has been leaning on its media allies more heavily than usual, with two scandals — Benghazi and the IRS targeting of Obama’s political foes — that require full-court press to gloss over in the public mind. The work is taking its toll on Obama’s water bearers, and the press has been showing disturbing signs of independence from the White House talking points, particularly ABC, which ran with the story of how the White House edited the CIA’s Benghazi talking points to cover up al-Qaida’s involvement.
Now, just when the Administration is desperate for assistance from its media lackeys, the story has come out that the Justice Department has been spying on — pardon, “investigating” — the Associated Press, one of its chief allies.
The Chairman of the Associated Press, Dean Singleton, has been a huge supporter of Obama and during the election infamously introduced him at the AP’s annual luncheon with a gushing speech that one Washington columnist dubbed the performance of “a newshound in heat.”
The Justice Department secretly obtained two months’ worth of telephone records of as many as 100 journalists, according to AP’s own story:
“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.”
The phone records were from April and May 2012, in the months leading up to the election and seemed to focus on journalists involved in reporting government and politics.
AP CEO Gary Pruitt sent a letter of protest to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday. In it, he wrote, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”
It’s difficult to find words to appropriately respond to Pruitt’s air of shock and indignity that don’t involve cursing and insulting his parentage. Suffice it to say that the Associated Press was a major force in putting this Administration in power in 2008 and keeping it in power in 2012, and for AP’s officers now to be expressing buyer’s remorse is both sad and exceedingly funny at the same time.
In one week, it has been amply demonstrated that this Administration covers up its crimes, actively harasses its political foes and backstabs its friends.
It’s been a remarkable week. The more people begin to see this Administration for what it is, the better.