May 25, 2013 Leave a comment
The media seems genuinely shocked over both the media subpoena scandal and the IRS scandal. These people really bought the idea that Obama was some sort of Ivy League genius who could manage a massive government of experts in the best way. They really believed he was a post-partisan President, especially so when he was first elected. No President in the last century has received more favorable mainstream press coverage than Obama has. That is until three weeks ago when the IRS scandal hit, followed by the subpoenas leveled against the AP. The reality is that Obama isn’t post-partisan, he’s post-modern. What we’re seeing is just the Chicago way.
Obama is at the top of the heap in his Chicago style Presidency. He doesn’t have to take care of his enemies, his underlings know what to do and go ahead and do it without even asking. It’s been like this from day one of his 2008 campaign if anyone had been paying attention. His campaign used the IRS to harass tax exempt groups who ran ads he didn’t like. First it was a conservative group, then groups which supported Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. The campaign threatened to obtain IRS records and it asked the Justice Department to open an investigation into donors, officers, directors etc. Never mind that these groups did the same thing left-wing groups that supported Obama (think NARAL etc) did. Obama’s campaign harassed his opponents.
It is hardly a surprise then that after using the IRS against enemies during the 2008 campaign that Obama continued using the IRS against enemies as President. Lois Lerner has been a leftist bureaucratic hack since she went after the Christian Coalition in the 90′s. Her hands are all over the IRS scandal. Odds are she lied to Congress when she initially testified that she knew nothing. In fact, her signature appears on demands to conservative groups for intrusive information. Learner wasn’t acting alone, she was acting on winks and nods from on high. It’s the Chicago way.
Eric Holder meanwhile lied to Congress. During his testimony on the AP subpoenas he said “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.” Interestingly he approved of the subpoena for James Rosen of Fox News, which included tracking his phones and his parents. It accused Rosen under the 1917 Espionage Act and even claimed he was a flight risk. As such Holder lied when he said he had never been involved in the potential prosecution of the press for disclosure of material.
Of course Holder operates in the post-modern Chicago way, so he’ll simply claim Rosen isn’t a journalist and Fox News isn’t the press. Hasn’t this been the argument of the administration from the beginning? Fox News is just an arm of the Republican Party, therefore they aren’t journalists and they have no first amendment press rights. So there you have it, Holder isn’t a liar. Except of course he is, despite his attempt to redefine journalism from the Justice Department. The ends justify the means in the Obama administration, if harassing Fox News requires lying to Congress or on subpoenas then so be it with these people.
The press is shocked by the Chicago way. They have only themselves to blame. Had they paid attention to Obama’s dozen years in public office prior to the 2008 campaign they would have seen the seedlings of all these issues. Obama’s minions had an uncanny way of unsealing secret documents of their opponents thus ensuring Obama cruised to victory in the State Senate and US Senate races he was in. Now the press is shocked that the Obama administration has used the IRS against political opponents and that Obama’s Justice Department has used subpoenas to harass and gather information on enemy journalists. Even the AP qualified as an enemy, they upset the administration by scooping them on an irrelevant Yemen source leak that Holder now claims is the third worst he’s ever seen. It’s the Chicago way, reward your friends and punish your enemies.