Hume, Robinson, Powers agree: DoJ investigation of Rosen crosses a big line

posted at 12:41 pm on May 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

How often do we see Kirsten Powers, Eugene Robinsonand Brit Hume agree on a major issue?  Not often, but when the government violates the First Amendment and in particular on reporting, probably more often than not.  Let’s start with the least surprising criticism, which comes from Brit Hume, former Fox anchor and colleague of James Rosen, who was investigated as a co-conspirator in an espionage case for doing what reporters in Washington do all the time.  Hume argues that the Obama administration’s actions speak a lot louder than their words about respecting the freedom of the press:

“In the matter of Fox News correspondent James Rosen, the Justice Department has gone where federal prosecutors have rarely if ever gone before: To obtain a search warrant for Rosen’s personal emails they claimed to a federal court that by doing what journalists do, which is to try to ferret out secrets of government and report them, Rosen has committed a crime. Indeed they describe how he cultivated a State Department official as a source, set up a confidential method of communicating with him, flattered him, spoke to him on the phone — gasp — and asked him to provide information about State Department actions and intelligence on a foreign country now identified as North Korea.”

“All this, says the FBI in a 36-page affidavit is in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy to divulge classified information,” Hume continued. “Did Rosen do this to help an enemy? The FBI makes no such claim. Instead, it cites an email in which Rosen tells his source, quote, ‘I want to report authoritatively and ahead of the competition on new initiatives or shifts in U.S. policy, events on the ground and what intelligence is picking up.’ Oh, heaven forbid. The president and his attorney general can recite all the platitudes they like about their respect for press freedom and the need for investigative reporting. But this FBI affidavit contradicts them all.” …

“The government has a right indeed, arguably, a duty to protect the nation’s secrets, some of which are more secret than they ought to be,” Hume said. “But that aside, there are legitimate national security secrets that is the government’s job to protect. And when they leak out, the government has a right and a duty to investigate. But what the government has traditionally done in the past is to investigate the leaker and not, if you will, the leakee. That provides the balance between the government’s job to find out what happened and the press’ right to pursue information. That’s the way it’s been done before. That’s the way it seemed to have been going up until now. But it seems to me tonight there is reason to doubt that that is the approach being taken by this administration.”

It’s probably not much of a surprise to see Powers’ criticism.  Although a liberal in perspective, she also contributes at Fox News.  At the Daily Beast, Powers notes that “hope and change” has given way to spying on reporters, channeling her inner Bonhoeffer:

First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out—because they were not Fox News. Then they came for government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out—because they were not government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and—okay, we know how this story ends. But how did we get here?

Turns out it’s a fairly swift sojourn from a president pushing to “delegitimize” a news organization to threatening criminal prosecution for journalistic activity by a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, to spying on Associated Press reporters. In between, the Obama administration found time to relentlessly persecute government whistleblowers and publicly harass and condemn a private American citizen for expressing his constitutionally protected speech in the form of an anti-Islam YouTube video.

Where were the media when all this began happening? With a few exceptions, they were acting as quiet enablers.

Powers also points out that the usual suspects now have their guns aimed at Jonathan Karl over his reporting on the Benghazi e-mails. Be sure to read Powers’ blast at Media Matters and Fairness and Accuracy in the Media (FAIR) for their watercarrying on behalf of the White House, especially this part:

Because of this, FAIR declared Karl “a right wing mole at ABC News.” Setting aside the veracity of FAIR’s crazy claim, isn’t the fact that it was made in the first place vindication for those who assert a liberal media bias in the mainstream media? If the existence of a person who allegedly associates with conservatives is a “mole,” then what does that tell us about the rest of the media?

Indeed. For the most surprising take, though, we turn to Eugene Robinson, normally a reliable defender of the White House. The attack on Rosen went far enough to trigger Robinson’s outrage:

The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.

The Post reported Monday that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone and e-mail records for Fox News reporter James Rosen, and that the FBI even tracked his movements in and out of the main State Department building. Rosen’s only apparent transgression? Doing what reporters are supposed to do, which is to dig out the news.

In both instances, prosecutors were trying to build criminal cases under the 1917 Espionage Act against federal employees suspected of leaking classified information. Before President Obama took office, the Espionage Act had been used to prosecute leakers a grand total of three times, including the 1971 case of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Obama’s Justice Department has used the actsix times. And counting. …

Prosecutors examined Rosen’s phone records, read his e-mails and, using the electronic record left by his security badge, even tracked when he entered and left the State Department building. How did officials justify such snooping? By asserting in an FBI affidavit, according to The Post, that Rosen broke the law “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.”

In other words, since there is no law that makes publishing this classified information illegal, the Justice Department claims that obtaining the information was a violation of the Espionage Act.

Rosen has not been charged. Every investigative reporter, however, has been put on notice.

And that was before we found out that Sharyl Attkisson might also have been targeted for some surveillance.  If it happens to CBS News, expect the outrage to expand exponentially.

Via Morgen Richmond, here’s Barack Obama in 2008 insisting that the courts should have oversight on surveillance of the press for pursuing leaks, and that he wants to “protect and abide by the Constitution.” Where did he say it? Er … the Associated Press Annual Conference:

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At the Daily Beast, Powers notes that “hope and change” has given way to spying on reporters, channeling her inner BonhoefferNeimoller:

First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out—because they were not Fox News. Then they came for government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out—because they were not government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and—okay, we know how this story ends. But how did we get here?

FIFY

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

If you are white there is no justice in the justice dept…..these are the same people that let the black panthers off the hook….lets face it obama has no shame…at a time with people suffering in oklohoma, I want to believe the words that he said but remembering what I have seen and heard since he has been elected and reelected only reaffirm to me that he is a huge hypocrite and a bigger liar….

crosshugger on May 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I’m glad this finally appeared on Hot Air. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Obama has mobilized the IRS, FBI and ATF against his “enemies”. He makes the KGB look like chumps.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Roger Ailes will fight them all the way, for the freedom of the press.

Every sane leftist and media, alas, should help along.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Let’s be honest here though, Bark’s speech happened a long time ago.

Bishop on May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Where were the media when all this began happening? With a few exceptions, they were acting as quiet enablers.

Where were they? ON THEIR FREAKING KNEES WORSHIPING THE CHOSEN ONE!

I’m waiting for a reporter to start delving back into the Inspector General from ATF who got cashiered and labeled as ‘mentally unstable’, when he questioned some of the administrations “facts” concerning ‘Fast and Furious’.

GarandFan on May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Kirsten Powers is the same as Juan Williams. They say something the right can like, eh, pleasing the audience at Fox, where they get paid, then in the next sentence or the next day they go rogue leftist again, bag to the pigsty.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

In the end, the Community Organizer is going to make Nixon look like a choir boy…

Khun Joe on May 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Again, do NOT listen to what 0bama says. Watch what he does.

jukin3 on May 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Obama has mobilized the IRS, FBI and ATF against his “enemies”. He makes the KGB look like chumps.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

EPA, DHS and HHS too. You should never, never, never underestimate the other two capos of Obama, Sebelius and Napolitano. The EPA does more damage than has been reported. They threaten businesses in large and small ways.

Still, the biggest Nazi operation to come is Obama’care’. If this IRS charlatanry doesn’t stop it, the people of the US are no longer free. All the medical and other records will be hostage-holding databases, against the people. The gov’t will own all. Google and such will aid.

Don’t forget, Google gave Obama’s capos the Rosen records.

Don’t use Google.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Where is the real Eugene Robinson..?

d1carter on May 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Nothing wrong with doing this in kenya. Don’t understand what the big deal is.

All we need is the “Revered Wright” to educate us on how we are “God D*&^ed America and lead us all out of the path of whiteness.

acyl72 on May 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

In the end, the Community Organizer is going to make Nixon look like a choir boy…

Khun Joe on May 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Obama already surpassed Nixon. It’s the underreported story of now. Obama redeemed Nixon and did more for the TEA party than they ever could.

LegendHasIt typed about it yesterday. He’s totally on point. Most media even miss this, on purpose.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Interesting reading the comments on the Robinson article. A fair percentage are still trying to carry the water for the Obama administration, saying that what Rosen did was clearly criminal.

I wonder if they felt the same about those who published the Abu Ghraib photos?

Chris of Rights on May 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I enjoy seeing the LSM squirming over their precious Obama being in trouble. Well, it’s not like we didn’t warn them he’s a sleaze who has surrounded himself with other sleazes.

The liars in the LSM can no longer gibber about isolated incidents, and small oversteps by their messiah. What is emerging, and I imagine more is to come to bolster the case, is a clear pattern in an Administration run by a megalomaniac allowed to run amok for far too long. Hopefully buyer’s remorse is soon to follow.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Mimzey on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

DoJ investigation of Rosen crosses a big line

If it’s a “red line” it doesn’t matter.

socalcon on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

when [secrets] leak out, the government has a right and a duty to investigate. But what the government has traditionally done in the past is to investigate the leaker and not, if you will, the leakee.

Unless, of course, the secrets are intentionally leaked to the press as part of a political strategy. It’s no secret that whenever you see “according to unnamed officials” it is information being released with official endorsement. That’s why nobody got in trouble for leaking that classified stuff that put the rat-eared coward’s “getting” OBL in a favorable light. They just declassified it. Of course it went hard on the rat-eared coward’s fellow SEAL Team Six members later on, but they didn’t have an election to win.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Kirsten Powers is the same as Juan Williams. They say something the right can like, eh, pleasing the audience at Fox, where they get paid, then in the next sentence or the next day they go rogue leftist again, bag to the pigsty.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

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I take exception to this observation.

Kirsten Powers is most certainly a liberal Democrat – but she has also spoken out forcefully against the MSM when she felt there was a lack of objectivity or too much of a herd mindset in their reporting,

My problem with 99.99% of liberals is a complete lack of conscience and critical thinking skills. Kirsten Powers displays both characteristics on a recurring basis.

Eugene Robinson, on the other hand, is only now getting upset when he perceives them coming for “him” (journalists – though he does not qualify as one in my book).

The fact that the SCOAMF Administration has been the WORST thing to happen economically to African-Americans since the early 1960′s has completely escaped his notice.

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

WOW!!

Eugene Robinson agrees with this!??

So Rep. Hank Johnson’s dumber half weighed in??

Somebody might want to check if Guam has in fact, Tipped over.

ToddPA on May 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Wonder how many have gotten bho’s snooping on emails, phone calls, etc.? I would bet many are wondering if they are also on bho’s hit list? Not funny is it bhopress?
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letget on May 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

FIFY

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Ed? Really? Seesh. I’m off to Daily Caller…

socalcon on May 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Bonhoeffer Neimoller Niemöller

FIFY

steebo77 on May 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

With a hat tip to the Constitution, and acknowledging that all of this is beyond the pale, I have to say that it is difficult to muster a lot of sympathy for the AP. You lay down with lions…

guinneach on May 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Via Morgen Richmond, here’s Barack Obama in 2008 insisting…

 
Can anyone show me a single “belief” that he hasn’t contradicted depending on who he’s speechifying to?

rogerb on May 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Quiet enablers

Spot on KP

Kudos to Eugene….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Now THIS is a scandal. No excuses for Obama White House on this.

libfreeordie on May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Don’t forget, Google gave Obama’s capos the Rosen records.

Don’t use Google.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I haven’t since they decided to recognize the day we celebrate the ressurection of the Lord by putting up a Cesar Chavez doodle. Snubbing patriotic days like Memorial day was bad enough but that was the last straw for me.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Darn tingles has to cover okc or he would bring his friend Eugene on the show
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cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

And that was before we found out that Sharyl Attkisson might also have been targeted for some surveillance.

Could we get some PROOF! We can’t take anybody down without some of it appearing. “I think” is not going take this very far.

Carnac on May 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Eugene Robinson made it all the way through a column without using the word “Republicans”. I think that’s a personal first for him and a sure sign that the worm is starting to turn.

stout77 on May 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Now THIS is a scandal. No excuses for Obama White House on this.

libfreeordie on May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Yup. No “little people” to blame here.

Jabberwock on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Darn tingles has to cover okc or he would bring his friend Eugene on the show
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cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I want to see Tingles’ head explode.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

When 0bama was talking about a “civilian national security force,” who knew he was talking about the IRS and EPA?

Sekhmet on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

You must have missed this from KP right after she went off the reservation as one of the “Panel” on Fox last week.

Re-education camps apparently work:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/05/13/benghazi-gosnell-cry-wolf-column/2153989/

CTSherman on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Ditto Liam

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Impeachment is only a possibility if enough Senate Democrats specifically ask the House to pass articles of Impeachment, and indicate that they would vote to convict, that a minimum total of 67 Senators would vote to convict.

We’re talking a minimum of 32 Democrat Senators, and all 45 Republican Senators.

Short of that, the impeachment process is a waste of time.

It MUST originate from Democrats who demand honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability from the office of President.

ITguy on May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I want to see Tingles’ head explode.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I want it to come out that the DoJ was out there reading some liberal reporter’s personal e-mail. It is always fun when these people discover that the stuff that is somehow okay when it is being done to the right can also happen to them.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Interesting reading the comments on the Robinson article. A fair percentage are still trying to carry the water for the Obama administration, saying that what Rosen did was clearly criminal.

I wonder if they felt the same about those who published the Abu Ghraib photos?

Chris of Rights on May 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Cognitive Dissonance…It’s what’s for Breakfast

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Short of that, the impeachment process is a waste of time.

It MUST originate from Democrats who demand honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability from the office of President.

ITguy on May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I agree, at this point in time. While it’s fun to talk about impeachment, it’s a bad idea to think seriously about it. What is needed first is a case so ironclad and airtight not even the most strident partisan Senate Dem will want to keep Obama around. They need to see, by solid evidence, that they’re better off ditching him for the good of the Party.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Rush is talking about this now…

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Oh yeah HN

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I want it to come out that the DoJ was out there reading some liberal reporter’s personal e-mail. It is always fun when these people discover that the stuff that is somehow okay when it is being done to the right can also happen to them.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

That would be fun, too. But I don’t expect right now that if CNN and MSBNC types were spied on and it’s discovered by them, they would make the fact public. It would be embarrassing, damaging some very big egos.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Impeachment is only a possibility if enough Senate Democrats specifically ask the House to pass articles of Impeachment, and indicate that they would vote to convict, that a minimum total of 67 Senators would vote to convict.

ITguy on May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Dude, I’m with Rush Limbaugh on this one. Impeachment isn’t going to happen to the first black President. Too much collective white guilt or something.

The strategy should be “this is what happens when you put liberals in charge of government” You have a DoJ running amok, the IRS targeting those who dissent from the administration’s policies, HHS extorting money to fund initiatives that Congress refused to fund with public monies, an attack on the Constitution, covering up foreign policy debacles, etc. etc. etc. In short, the goal is not necessarily to remove the rat-eared coward but so discredit his ideology that the entire party will fail.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

It MUST originate from Democrats who demand honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability from the office of President.
ITguy on May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

In Washington? In 2013? Not a chance.

Mr. D on May 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The attack on Rosen went far enough to trigger Robinson’s outrage

Slightly off topic, but I was thoroughly amused when David Gregory was complaining last weekend about the 3.8% Medicare/Obamacare surcharge. It seems David is in the >$200K class and is now feeling the cost, but is still looking for a benefit.

Outrage and whining when things hit a little too personal.

Carnac on May 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Don’t you people know anything? No one cares about these distractions otherwise known as scandals, only the hardcore conservatives of the GOP. This is nothing more than another Clinton type witch hunt. All you need to do is look to the rigged polls and see that the President has an approval rating of 53 percent.

Just in case anyone forgot to peruse Yahoo among other mainstream websites, this is your daily briefing.

DDay on May 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

That would be fun, too. But I don’t expect right now that if CNN and MSBNC types were spied on and it’s discovered by them, they would make the fact public. It would be embarrassing, damaging some very big egos.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Well then, we need to make it the cool thing to have happen. We need to appeal to their big reporter egos.

Hey Chrissy!, James Rosen and (possibly) Sharyl Attkisson were spied on by their government….. you must not be all that important if nobody cares about your e-mails.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Kirsten Powers is the same as Juan Williams. They say something the right can like, eh, pleasing the audience at Fox, where they get paid, then in the next sentence or the next day they go rogue leftist again, bag to the pigsty.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I would argue they are not the same…

Kirsten Powers has a brain, Juan Williams just has talking points.

I’ve watched in disbelief as Juan Williams kept repeating a lie, and not just a lie, but a lie that had been proven without a doubt as false. He refuses to think, and to form his own opinions… he only believes the talking points handed him. There is no difference between him and Beckel.

dominigan on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Now THIS is a scandal. No excuses for Obama White House on this.

libfreeordie on May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Oh, there are plenty of your friends the Kos Kids making up excuses as we speak!

In the AP case, the operative amendment is the 4th, not the 1st. The DOJ got a warrant, so it’s not like anything illegal was done by the DOJ. We may need to change the law, and as an ACLU member I’m certainly in favor of a robust free press. But comparing Obama’s DOJ, who got the court order required, with Nixon, who definitely broke the law, is a bit of an overstatement.

I accept that there’s plenty of room to criticize Holder’s taking a hard line on this as a matter of policy. But a political decision, even a bad one, that’s lawful, isn’t the same as the high crimes and misdemeanors that Nixon committed. And in the AP case, foreign intelligence assets were put at risk while this country is at war against al-Qaeda. It’s a difficult question, but I think an intellectually honest case can be made both for and against the policy decision that Holder made. There’s no justification for Nixon’s behavior, which involved obstruction of justice solely in the service of naked personal political ambition. The Obama administration has done nothing like this, although I fully accept the validity of criticism of their policy, lawful though it was.

“It Burns!”

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

How much ammo has the IRS bought and ordered?

docflash on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Where were the media when all this began happening? With a few exceptions, they were acting as quiet enablers.

Quiet enablers< Heh, and Katrina was just a soft southerly breeze….

Don L on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

CTSherman on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

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I did miss that so thank you for the link.

Having read the article, her criticism is with the extremes of “tone” (i.e. throwing around the word impeachment) and a liberal’s perception of constant angst on the part of Republicans with Obama (note: McCain = most Republicans to liberals; conservatives = wingnuts).

My point is Kirsten Powers tries to be a “fair critic” in her commentary. We don’t have to agree with her point of view to acknowledge the effort she generally puts into her work.

To be fair, if the liberals get their noses rubbed in enough of the SCOAMF’s sh1te it is even possible some of them will permanently move into the “SCOAMF is worse than Nixon” camp.

Which I’m ok with …as long as they still have to wear his sh1te on their noses.

;)

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Talk of impeaching Obama? Naw. He still has the biggest ace up his sleeve – Biden.

TerryW on May 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

And that was before we found out that Sharyl Attkisson might also have been targeted for some surveillance. If it happens to CBS News, expect the outrage to expand exponentially.

I would not be so sure about that…isn’t there a familial relationship between the top of CBS news and the White House staff? Maybe the WH got permission from the brother running CBS news, for all we know. (isn’t that the sort of conspiracy theory the left throws out aganst the GOP? Such as “doctored Benghazi emails?)

Blaise on May 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

FIFY

steebo77 on May 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

:p

lol

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

ITguy on May 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

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Your posts are always very good so I’ll just note you might want to go back and check your math.

:)

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Will anything be done to Obama? No.

alanstern on May 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Folks, we need to get off of this “scandal” bit. A scandal was when Bill was caught with Monica. (criminal when he lied under oath)
These, if true, and I’ve seen nothing but behavior and actions that would, to any rational objective person, support such a conclusion, then they fall into the category of crimes against the nation, crimes against its citizens, crimes against our constitution (which they’ve admitted hating)crimes against freedom. Let no one reduce them to mere scandal.

Don L on May 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Dude, I’m with Rush Limbaugh on this one. Impeachment isn’t going to happen to the first black President. Too much collective white guilt or something.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Rendering him impotent is the best we are going to get. Even that will be hard to do with the power that was given to Sebelius in determining the Obamacare language through regulation.

However, the R’s have to play their hand smartly not to make the Obama constituency believe that impeachment is a real possibility if the R’s win the Senate in 2014. 2008/2012 proved that Obama will win the GOTV battle when his base is motivated to vote … and vote again.

And therein lies our problem ….. the R’s have to play their hand smartly.

Carnac on May 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

“It Burns!”

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Yes, it does…

Obama Scandals Bring MSNBC 7-Year Low While Fox News Rises

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Wow! When government attacks the news media, they come wide awake, don’t they? Anyone else, not so much.

rjh on May 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

If you are white there is no justice in the justice dept…..

crosshugger on May 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I don’t think it’s racial so much as a case of bien pensant, or the elite, or even Cool Hand Luke having to get his head right

M240H on May 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Dude, I’m with Rush Limbaugh on this one. Impeachment isn’t going to happen to the first black President. Too much collective white guilt or something.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

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Having watched Watergate unfold in real time, it is too early to tell if impeachment will or will not be in the cards.

However, the SCOAMF is far too thin skinned to sit around for years being slammed and marginalized, if it gets bad enough – he will resign.

He would be only too happy to be the “black political martyr who tried to move the country forward but was crushed by the overwhelming racism which still rules this country”.

His speech this past weekend foreshadows this approach.

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Outrageous. I’ve read the 44 page warrant posted on the Newyorker website.

Why the disproportionate use of force in the govt’s reaction? The government seems to have a strong desire to investigate reporters, monitor news rooms and collect communication information which can be used to identify people within the government who talk to reporters (leaks / whistle blowers). Seems like an extremely broad net they’ve cast.

Is this about the DPRK story from 2009 and a foiled terror plot or is this about Benghazi?

R Square on May 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Now THIS is a scandal. No excuses for Obama White House on this.

libfreeordie on May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Wanna bet?

It goes something like this…

“I just found out about it in the papers!”
“I had nothing to do with this, but I will focus like a laser and pivot, and swing through, and go to the next hole, and go to the next PR event, and….”

Snitchmo on May 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The more we learn of Obama, the better the label of fascism fits him.

I wonder if this is what it was like when Mussolini came to power?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I’d agree with you that KP is one of the better of the bunch.

It just seemed odd that on the very night she was lambasting Obama about the lies coming out of his administration on FOX, she was writing the USA Today article to cover her flank.

I guess that doesn’t jive with me.

CTSherman on May 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Sharyl Attkisson reports her computer may have been hacked. Attkisson has been a dogged investigator on Fast and Furious and Benghazi…..

Wonder if she’s written a story about North Korea, or a foiled terror plot….

R Square on May 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Yeah – well, Faux News sucks – so there.

-Garden variety Lib

CycloneCDB on May 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

” Where did he say it? Er … the Associated Press Annual Conference:

Of course he did. The man is insane. Totally, certifiably, bat sh@# insane.

scalleywag on May 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Don’t forget, Google gave Obama’s capos the Rosen records.

Don’t use Google.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The problem is Google is so ingrained in people’s minds for search engine purposes that it’s almost like an addiction to some. And that’s where they take advantage of us.

There has to be a better alternative besides Bing.

Myron Falwell on May 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

So now do we know who at DoJ approved the subpeanas for James Rosen case?

Or is it still ‘I don’t recall’, “nobody knows” etc?

Sir Napsalot on May 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Most of the MSM doesn’t really care about the IRS targeting conservatives and the Tea Party. A good portion of them probably agree with it.

Almost none of them really care about Benghazi, either.

Some of them might care a little about targeting someone from FOXnews. But probably not all that much. Most hold FOXnews in contempt, just like Comrade O does.

What they really care about is that Dear Leader might start targeting them, if he has not already. So they will start protesting and warning him off.

If they read him their riot act and he backs off and behaves they will drop it.

And there is the problem. The One’s ego is far too large to back off. Though they supported him, promoted him, and protected him Dear Leader does not respect the MSM at all. His enormous ego and the sycophants and enablers he surrounds himself with tell him he got where he is without their help.

Want a legitimate comparison to Nixon? There it is. Comrade O has no more love and respect for the MSM than Nixon did.

farsighted on May 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I guess that doesn’t jive with me.

CTSherman on May 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

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In this day and age, when I come across a liberal with a conscience and critical thinking skills, I am happy to let them be “free range”.

I have espoused my utter contempt on here for liberals lacking both a conscience and critical thinking skills.

From my perspective, if you are labeling yourself as a “liberal/progressive” and still uncritically supporting the SCOAMF after the past two weeks, the tripling of domestic surveillance without warrants, his complete obeisance to the Too Big Too Jail banks and his utter disregard for the actual economic suffering going on in this country …

… you are a fascist eagerly awaiting the overthrow of the Constitution and a traitor to this country.

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

>>> Courts should have oversight, not DoJ, on media probes, said Obama in 2008 … to the AP.

Well, maybe Obama’s chief of staff did not tell him either.////s

Sir Napsalot on May 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Don’t use Google.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Or BING.

I use Yahoo search, which is probably just as bad as the others, but not as blatant.

UltimateBob on May 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

My problem with 99.99% of liberals is a complete lack of conscience and critical thinking skills. Kirsten Powers displays both characteristics on a recurring basis.

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Yes, but not in large quantities. Let’s face it; she’s definitely in that top .01%, but it doesn’t take much and if she had even half the critical thinking skills of my 12 year old, she wouldn’t still be a liberal Democrat.

pannw on May 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

If you liked Stalin, you’ll love Obama!

Mason on May 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

He would be only too happy to be the “black political martyr who tried to move the country forward but was crushed by the overwhelming racism which still rules this country”.

His speech this past weekend foreshadows this approach.

PolAgnostic on May 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Not to mention I have little doubt he would enjoy watching cities burning across the nation.

And I too got some of the same impression from that speech. He is willing to go full Race-Baiter-In-Chief if he finds it necessary.

Painting the Tea Party as racist based on not a shred of evidence was just a preview of what is to come if a predominantly white Congress, not to mention white GOP, tries to impeach him or “forces” him to resign.

farsighted on May 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I’m surprised modern journalists would not use public/private key encryption when sending email.

kurtzz3 on May 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Do the people who excuse Bradley Manning also excuse Rosen? I bet not.

KW64 on May 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM

‘AP Wire-tapping’ scandal MUSHROOMS as reports slowly come out:

… more Fox News reporters’ e-mails grabbed…

… CBSNews reporter computer ‘hacked’, his e-mails taken / monitored…

….More expected.

Administration out of control…

easyt65 on May 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Now THIS is a scandal. No excuses for Obama White House on this.

libfreeordie on May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

We agree.

James Taranto wrote an outstanding article of the crisis we have in authority in our government now.

Perhaps Taranto’s most important point:

As we wrote Friday, this will be a scandal like Watergate if it turns out that the IRS was acting under orders from Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett. If the White House’s conduct turns out to be unimpeachable, then it is something far worse: a sign that the government itself has become a threat to the Constitution.

This is a crisis that, whether an individual such as the president had directed it or not, is perhaps even more serious if he has not.

We may very well be looking at the greatest crisis in our history, the culmination of a long journey in which the workings of government are out of sync with the foundation of the country. I’ve been recently been saying that as bad as it might be if the president is responsible, it very well may be worse if he is not, and that this is the very nature of government, finally uncovered in all its ugly glory.

itsspideyman on May 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

He makes the KGB look like chumps.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I know (hope) this was deliberate hyperbole. ‘Cause we’re a long way from making one of the most paranoid and malignant organizations, oh, ever, look like chumps.

:)

Prufrock on May 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hm… I’m guessing that red lines aren’t what they used to be…

Medbob on May 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM

In both instances, prosecutors were trying to build criminal cases under the 1917 Espionage Act against federal employees suspected of leaking classified information. Before President Obama took office, the Espionage Act had been used to prosecute leakers a grand total of three times, including the 1971 case of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Obama’s Justice Department has used the act six times. And counting. …

What part of Alinsky’s “Learn your enemy’s rule book and use it to beat them over the head with”, didn’t we understand?

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Roger Ailes will fight them all the way, for the freedom of the press.

Every sane leftist and media, alas, should help along.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Meh. Two years into the REB’s first term, Ailes and Murdoch had a meeting with Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, after which Ailes sent out word to everyone at Fox News to “tone it down”. That’s right about the same time that Beck’s contract was not renewed, in spite of terrific ratings.

If he has set Fox News free from those restrictions, however they were implemented, that would be significant.

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

The president needs to understand that behavior commonly known as “whistleblowing” and “journalism” must not be construed as espionage.

This is the last sentence in Eugene Robinson’s column.
I guess this isn’t Obama’s fault because Obama didn’t know that this was normal investigative journalism.

dverplank on May 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Actually, when all is said and done, I’m loving the heck of this. The complaint, prone, enabling MSM is getting a real good look at the business end of the man they rolled over and played dead for. That these guys would actually use the Espionage Act against a reporter (even if he is a Fox guy) proves they will not hesitate to use any tool in their arsenal to protect themselves politically. This has zero to do with ‘finding and prosecuting leakers’. It has to do with making sure they control the flow of information.

They have no compunction about releasing classified information if doing so will allow them to toot their tin horn about how great they are – remember when Seal Team Six was so classified nobody even knew the name? Forget that, Seal Team Six’s security went by the board in order to trumpet the GREAT BARRY killing Obama. I’m surprised they didn’t try to say he pulled the trigger…or maybe beat him to death with a 3 iron.

jclittlep on May 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM