This “Obamite” Is Outraged About the AP Phone Records Scandal. Why Aren’t Republicans?

Finally the GOP has a scandal with legs; an elephant’s wet dream compared with Benghazi and the IRS hysteria.  I know, I’m furious! Outraged!

In the process of investigating a leak that was responsible for an AP story in June 2012, on a thwarted Al Qaeda terror plot, the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretly obtained the phone records of AP journalists.

DOJ head AG, Eric Holder apparently recused himself from the FBI investigation “to avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest.” The investigation has been conducted under the direction of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and the supervision of the deputy attorney general, James M. Cole.

So why is the GOP/Roger Ailes not drooling? A casual observer might suppose the GOP is suddenly reluctant to remind us of their institutional hypocrisy. Obama, as Senator, supported a federal shield law and co-sponsored 2007 legislation that was eventually killed by a Republican filibuster.

No, there must be another reason. Since when have Republicans EVER shied away from hypocrisy? Perhaps they realize it’s perfectly legal thanks to the Great Adventures of Bush and Cheney.

“The explanation might be, in part, the angry cries from Republican members of Congress over the Associated Press reporting that appears to have triggered the Justice Department probe. In May 2012, the AP described how a double agent had infiltrated al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen and neutralized a plot to bomb an airliner. Multiple Republicans insisted at the time that the leak might constitute a criminal case and demanded a tough FBI investigation.

Their anger was largely directed at the alleged leakers, unlike the cries of “treason” directed at the New York Times when the paper published sensitive information about Bush-era anti-terror surveillance. Even so, conservatives are now in the odd position of implicitly defending the media’s rights against the imperative of national security secrecy, a cause that didn’t interest them much when the FBI sought media phone records during the Bush years.” Source

It may well be that there is no one reason.  Republicans have attacked Obama for virtually EVERYTHING he has done or thought about doing, whether real or imagined. Over the past 5 years, they’ve covered every position. There aren’t any positions left that don’t require doing a 180 on something they whined about in the past. Republicans have no clothes.

Did Obama know about the acquisition of the AP phone records? Probably not.  But I don’t care. Now would be the time for him to fire some folks and pass a new shield law.

Real journalism from Democracy Now!

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  1. #1 by cav on May 16, 2013 - 11:06 am

    A long as we’ll do their job for them, they can conserve ande nurture their outrage for the next ‘crisis’.

    And by the way, where have you been? Your Mother’s been worried sick!

  2. #2 by cav on May 16, 2013 - 11:33 am

    I’m positive that the Perfect Storm of Bullshit Scandals this last week is a direct result of the deficit being lowered and the positive effects of the ACA.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on May 16, 2013 - 11:47 am

    The Republicans filibustered the media shield law. If they truly have had a change of heart, then this time it will go through.

    Then maybe we can talk about a shield law for the rest of us Americans, who have been subjected to widespread warrantless surveillance by both the Bush and Obama administrations, in blatant violation of our constitutional rights.

  4. #4 by cav on May 16, 2013 - 11:57 am

    But Richard, we can’t all be Villagers. Crisis fodder will be needed in a rather continuous, even growing, quantity as the inside-the-beltway types shake everyone on the outside down.

  5. #5 by cav on May 16, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    “Our system requires the bonds of trust between the American people and their government,” Boehner told reporters. “And those bonds, once broken, are very hard to repair. Nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arrogance of power here in Washington. And that’s what the American people are seeing today from the administration. Remarkable arrogance.

    “This House will stop at nothing to get to the American people, the answers and the accountability that they expect,” he said. “But the best way to repair this damage is for the administration to come forward with the truth. The whole truth so that the American people will have all of the facts.”

    Boehner then went off to preside over the 37th House vote to repeal Obamacare.

    Millions more voters voted for Dem HR candidates than republics in the last election, but the latter retained control thru gerrymandering. Tell us about trust, you sorry sack of sh*t.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on May 16, 2013 - 12:22 pm

      This is where the Bush/Cheney administration did the most damage. Because they got away with running a “unitary executive,” the precedent was laid down for all future administrations.

      • #7 by cav on May 16, 2013 - 12:53 pm

        Repealing so much of what the Bush/Cheney administration did, (PATRIOT act, etc) should be the direction of congress. And how about criminal prosecutions for torture and other war crimes. That’ll put the much needed brakes on future administrations, in the opposite direction, but in much the same way the ‘shadowy sh*t, took us astray.

  6. #8 by Richard Warnick on May 16, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Jon Walker looks on the bright side:

    The best part about Washington’s new obsession with scandals is that it seems to have killed any hopes for a grand bargain in the near future.

    History repeats. Impeachment derailed President Clinton’s plans to wreck Social Security back in 1998.

  7. #9 by cav on May 16, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Whatever it takes.

  8. #10 by brewski on May 16, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Cliff,
    You’re white. Obama is black. You object to something his administration did. Ergo, you are a racist.

  9. #11 by Larry Bergan on May 16, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    Here’s a great article by William Rivers Pitt called “An Itty Bitty Pity Party for the Associated Press“:

    Here’s a letter he sent to the AP (ain’t it the truth!):

    Dear Mr. Pruitt et al.:

    Some of us in the so-called “alternative media” have been yelling and screaming for years about the government’s legalized ability to plunder our right to privacy to little avail, while you big dogs in the “mainstream” news media haven’t bothered to give a damn in all that time. Too taxing to report accurately and consistently on complicated issues, yeah?

    It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” A shame; maybe if you’d been better at bringing the real facts to the people, the people would be better informed, and the elections/legislation that legalized the travails you currently endure could have been avoided.

    It’s funny to me that the Associated Press is nailing itself to a cross because you’ve been victimized by the same laws, politicians and tide of history you’ve either blissfully ignored or gleefully promoted for so many years.

    Well, welcome to the future you helped to create. I have neither pity nor sorrow for you, but I am hopeful that your sudden inclusion in the ranks of the “Oh Shit, They Can Do That?” Club will inspire you to truthfully and factually inform the American people about what has been happening to their country right under their, and your, nose.

    =======

    Let’s see what happens next.

    • #12 by Richard Warnick on May 16, 2013 - 8:16 pm

      Great link and quote. I thoroughly concur, and I hope this will inspire journalists everywhere to, you know, actually do some real reporting.

      • #13 by Larry Bergan on May 17, 2013 - 4:02 pm

        It’s a crazy world. Reporters who do real reporting lose their well-paying job. Thank goodness for reporters who do their job while scrapping for cash.

        They are legion, and George Soros never gives them a penny.

  10. #14 by Larry Bergan on May 16, 2013 - 7:34 pm

    The LAST thing republicans and about 98 percent of the Democrats in congress wanted to see, was a scandal that had legs.

  11. #15 by brewski on May 16, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    It is true that people like Cliff and the AP created Obama while ignoring all the evidence that he is a nut job. Now Cliff and the AP are surprised to find out that I have been right all along. We told you so.

    • #16 by Larry Bergan on May 16, 2013 - 8:57 pm

      I will die laughing brewski/whoever.

      No better way to go!

      Thank you so much!

  12. #17 by obama's jack booted truncheon wielding goons on May 17, 2013 - 8:54 am

    obama has some ‘splainin to do Lucy…and Cliff. HE operates just like every chicago criminal ever has.

    The cardinal rule of American politics was violated when we elected this drone murdering terrorist criminal.

    Never. elect. anyone. from. chicago. to. national. office.

    • #19 by brewski on May 17, 2013 - 9:47 am

      That list is a joke.

      Thinkregress is not a source.

  13. #20 by obama's jack booted truncheon wielding goons on May 17, 2013 - 9:09 am

    It’s going to so much fun watching obama play Humpty Dumpty for the rest of his sorry administration.

  14. #21 by obama's jack booted truncheon wielding goons on May 17, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Think progress…do regress.

    hope and change.

  15. #23 by brewski on May 17, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    The IRS and DOJ asked for a copy of every speech and every tweet from True the Vote. Government agencies wanted a list of every speaker and every attendee at all of their meetings. The IRS audited the founder of True the Vote, Catherine Engelbrecht. They audited both her family business and audited her personal finances. The ATF and OSHA also began surprise audits of her business. All this government attention started after True the Vote applied for non-profit status.

    http://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/intimidation-didnt-stop-with-the-irs/

    So an organization applies for 501c3 status. Perhaps they should be denied. Fair enough. But requests for every tweet, every facebook post, every attendee at every event, audit of her personally and her business, and then surprise visits from OSHA and the ATF out of the blue? All because of a an IRS application?

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

  16. #24 by Larry Bergan on May 17, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    brewski:

    Tell me you’re not defending “true the vote” – sorry, I just don’t feel right, capitalizing the words in a fake organization.

    How many Orwellian named organizations will it take to wake some people up! It’s not your fault brewski. You are young and the media NEVER does it’s job. I’m sorry!

    I had my doubts about this story about a pretty big “voter fraud scandal” in Utah; considering they hadn’t found that many cases in the entire country. This guy stepped down. At least Andrew Breitbart had the decency to die.

    • #25 by brewski on May 18, 2013 - 12:30 pm

      Larry,
      You will never get it.

  17. #26 by cav on May 17, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    “At least Andrew Breitbart had the decency to die.”

    Quite possibly the one thing he did that had any grace in his entire mature life.

    • #27 by Larry Bergan on May 17, 2013 - 8:22 pm

      The congress could learn from Breitbart’s unintended sacrifice. They ALL went sprinting on their hands and knees to support his agenda to destroy ACORN.

      Not since the Viagra legislation had anything happened that fast.

  18. #28 by cav on May 17, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    Oh, that is good Larry. And his facial expression. It’s almost like he’s trying to recall just where he might have left a hefty number of his houses.

  19. #29 by Larry Bergan on May 17, 2013 - 8:44 pm

    Other then from hemorrhoids or kidney stones, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody that uncomfortable before. :)

    The “liberal” media invites him back again and again, but, of course they never show that clip. They’d lose their miserable, but well-paying job.

  20. #30 by cav on May 18, 2013 - 10:58 am

    So this whole “Public Square for Loud Political Debate” is just going to be left hanging out there with ‘hemorrhoids or kidney stones’ as the final enticement to that debate???

    Come on. Coffee up if you must and get commenting!

  21. #31 by Larry Bergan on May 18, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    I’m afraid of Monster Cola!

  22. #32 by Larry Bergan on May 18, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    Hey; The Beach Boys had to do acid before they made great music. I’m not sure how one of them mixed up with Manson, but that story – Manson _ had legs.

  23. #33 by Larry Bergan on August 19, 2013 - 11:44 pm

    ???? ??????,???? ?????? ?????????? ???,???? ?????? ?????,???? ?????? ????? ????????,???????? ???? ??????,??????? ?? ??????,??????? ?? ?????? ????????,??????? ?? ?????? ? ?????????,??????????? ???????.

    I really get tired of being a hampster, running around the wheel, trying to check out whether somebody is using multiple names.

    I know your purpose is to make me give up, but can’t you just stand up as an American and tell me your name?

    • #34 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2013 - 8:56 am

      Larry, you’re talking to a spambot.

      • #35 by Larry Bergan on August 20, 2013 - 9:26 pm

        I know you’re right Richard, but sometimes I have to lash out at successful spambots who probably make more money then I do.

        I work really hard, and it makes me angry!

  24. #36 by cav on August 20, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    I made him do it! With the magical powers of The Woo! Bwaahahaa!

  25. #37 by Larry Bergan on August 21, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    I heard a story on NPR, yesterday about a Russian who ran a spam scheme which made him many millions. He came to Las Vegas for the weekend and got about 1 year in jail.

    I would have put his head on a pike and carried it around Salt Lake for decades.

    Where is the justice. :)

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