Are you ready for the Eric Holder media charm offensive?

posted at 11:21 am on May 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

Gosh, after yesterday’s appetite-whettening Daily Beast treacle, I know I am.

Evidently Holder’s concluded his investigation into the DOJ’s leak-busting practices and discovered that Eric Holder’s pretty torn up about it.

The Justice Department began contacting D.C. bureau chiefs of major print and broadcast news organizations yesterday to set up a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss changes to the department’s guidelines for subpoenas to news organizations. A source close to Holder said that in retrospect, he regrets the breadth and wording of the investigation involving Fox’s James Rosen (which Holder approved), and recognizes that the subpoena for AP records (Holder had recused himself from that case) took in more phone lines than necessary.

“The A.G. realizes that things might have gotten a little out of balance, and he wants to make changes to be sure the rules fully account for the balance between the First Amendment and law enforcement,” the source said. The first media meeting will be held at main Justice, likely later this week. A later meeting will include First Amendment advocates.

Alternate headline: “Powerful man really, really wants to keep his job.” In case you’ve been tuned out of the news over the past week, Holder’s “regrets” may or may not also include perjuring himself in front of a House committee, neglecting to notify Fox News when the Justice Department subpoenaed James Rosen’s phone records in 2009, and doggedly fighting a court battle to keep its broader monitoring of Rosen secret. There’s also this small matter, not to be overlooked in Holder Apology Tour ’13:

Combine all that with the fishing expedition undertaken by the DOJ of AP reporters’ phone records and the still-unsolved mystery of Holder’s formal recusal from that case and, at best, you’ve got a prosecutor-in-chief who’s given basically zero thought on how to proceed in these matters — and yet now, with even some liberals calling for his resignation, is suddenly awash in regrets. John Sexton had a nice post yesterday pinpointing both Obama’s and Holder’s strategy while under fire for scandal: Substitute emotion for accountability. Holder’s going to grovel and pay fulsome lip service to the First Amendment, not unlike how his boss decided he needed to put on a big show of Hamlet-esque angst last week over all the people he’s bombing in Pakistan and Yemen. It’s cheap and disingenuous, but it works on the soi-disant intellectual target audience. It’s probably enough for Holder to keep his job, especially given O’s loyalty to him.

Fox News had a short-yet-sweet clip last night on the rising anti-Holder tide among lefties. An hour before this aired, Bob Beckel claimed that Democratic strategists think it’s unlikely that Holder will survive Scandalmania. That’s not the first time we’ve heard that, but I’m increasingly skeptical. Who among the public is clamoring for Holder’s dismissal? DOJ snooping on reporters to catch national-security leakers is, by and large, a boutique issue, especially as you introduce legal esoterica into the discussion. Depending upon how you frame the question, you can get a majority to tell you either that the Department overreached or that its actions were justified. Liberals and reporters are grumpy about it right now but no one’s staying home next November out of pique over Holder’s misdeeds; they’ll find a reason to rally anew to Obama’s side, if only to thwart the hated GOP. All Holder has to do, really, is mouth some garbage about remorse and ease up a bit in future leak investigations. Which, it appears, is exactly what he’s planning.



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Well, it will be…offensive.

22044 on May 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Lying Liar

Bmore on May 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

” I won’t let you catch me next time. ” E.H.

Jabberwock on May 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

It’s probably less about Holder keeping his job and more about Holder looking for a nice, cozy academic (Harvard?) or think tank job.

rbj on May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

It must be nice to have all that dirt on his boss. Permanent job security.

nobar on May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I wouldn’t place the word charm in the same sentence as the name Eric Holder…but that’s just me

workingclass artist on May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Well, as long as Holder says he’s sorry that’s good enough for me…..

sandee on May 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“Ok maybe I went overboard a bit but I feel really really bad about everything.”

-Chuck Manson

Bishop on May 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

It’s cheap and disingenuous, but it works on the soi-disant intellectual target audience.

Wow. Them’s fightin’ words. “soi-disant intellectual target audience” – sounds kind of racist to me.

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Grrr…auto play media really ticks me off.

On topic, however, I bet the Watergate Five were remorseful too. And H.R. Haldeman too. I don’t recall the liberals being satisfied with that then, though.

Chris of Rights on May 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Like bho, I do not believe a word out of the mouth of holder or bho! Guess holder will make slip and just keep digging his grave?
L

letget on May 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

In new PR effort, has Eric Holder said that James Rosen is the *only* reporter he has accused of crime and read emails? No others?

— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 29, 2013

“It only happened once, and I swear I was thinking about you the whole time.”

Chris of Rights on May 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I’m here for my image rehabilitation session and my tongue bath……but mostly for my tongue bath. Ya’ll be gentle, now…..
@ ERic Holder

ted c on May 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

No worries..if dear leader wants to keep you so do we
-lsm
Let bygones be bygones
/

cmsinaz on May 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

“The A.G. realizes that things might have gotten a little out of balance

An uber lib zealot has no balancce.

hillsoftx on May 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

That might work for Obama, but Holder is about as charming as a beer fart.

RadClown on May 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I want to know how many millions of our tax dollars the DOJ has spent on whatever PR firm(s) they’ve hired to focus-group potential public explanations/apologies for Holder’s lawlessness.

AZCoyote on May 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

He can’t resign or be fired.

The next AG will be pressured to release the F&F documents, and will probably succumb because it doesn’t incriminate him/her.

Then this presidency would end. Even Hillary might end up in jail over F&F.

The Rogue Tomato on May 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“I must say, I was shocked and saddened when I read about the actions of Eric Holder in the Rosen case. As Attorney General, I will be sure to take steps to ensure that a free press is preserved and the government is restrained.” –Eric Holder (as he firmly smacks himself on the wrist)

cornbred on May 29, 2013 at 11:34 AM

A Heart Needs a Second Chance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRkaPdfjzEk

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The Justice Department began contacting D.C. bureau chiefs of major print and broadcast news organizations yesterday to set up a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss changes to the department’s guidelines for subpoenas to news organizations.

Gee, I wonder if Holder invited James Rosen to the meeting.

“The A.G. realizes that things might have gotten a little out of balance, and he wants to make changes to be sure the rules fully account for the balance between the First Amendment and law enforcement,”

Law enforcement? Why doesn’t Holder tell us what law (as in statute number) he is trying to enforce by subpoenaing Rosen and the AP?

What law was he trying to enforce by selling guns to Mexican drug lords used to kill other people in Mexico? Is there a U.S. statute that authorizes the arming of foreign criminals?

Steve Z on May 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I know what happens to us proles when we perjure ourselves… we go to jail! Funny how the rules are so different for the ruling elite, but then I’m just repeating myself on a different thread.

Turtle317 on May 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I think a lot of people aren’t clamoring for Holder’s firing because they’re afraid of who will replace him.

Not me, however; I say let him go. And the horse he rode in on.

chelie on May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

No worries..if dear leader wants to keep you so do we
-lsm
Let bygones be bygones
/

cmsinaz on May 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

“If I want to keep my AG, I’m going to keep my AG.”
– Obama

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

+1ted c

cmsinaz on May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

out OUT damn spot!

I KNEW this guy was going to try and weasel his way out of being fired. Obama will do what he’s done since Fast n Furious and just delay and wait till this all goes away. That is why it is IMPERATIVE that Issa’s committee keeps up with the drip drip drip on this investigation. I’m sure there will be more coming out about Steadman. They need to keep up the pressure on this administration. As I said yesterday Obama doesn’t want to get rid of Steadman because he has the goods on where the bodies are buried. Obama knows if Holder loses his job he could take him down with him.

These folks have no honor and will not do the right thing. An administration that will let 4 people die for political reasons is an administration that is dangerous and extra-constitutional.

neyney on May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Tingles, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Crazy Larry are all being supplied knee pads.

Marcus on May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

head to head……

Rosen v Holder

Hannity moderates.

ted c on May 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

yeah, I felt a Hell of a lot of Remorse…especially after
SHOPPING for a Judge who would go along with my THUGGERY.

ToddPA on May 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Charm offensive? What’s he going to charm — another weasel? Or is going to go outside his species and try his luck with a warthog?

No matter what happens, it will be epic fail.

platypus on May 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM

” They bought it. ” E.H.

Jabberwock on May 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

“Substitute emotion for accountability”

.
Yep, that’s what got the dimwit LIVs to vote the big Zero into office.
That’s why were screwed and the Republic has committed suicide.
.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Holder will simply explain that his secret investigation of Rosen, and FOX News, was due to the fact that Obama wanted to shut them down! Rosen was just the excuse to get warrents.

NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN will all nod in agreement that Holder was correct and will vow to better assist him in the future.

Freddy on May 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

” They bought it. ” E.H.

Jabberwock on May 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

And Obama’s IRS will be there to collect any taxes owed.

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Besides being knee-deep in the AP/Fox News scandal, Holder’s already in contempt of Congress, is being investigated for perjury and had that nasty little love fest with the New Black Panther poll patrol. And that’s just the well publicized stuff. Articles of impeachment could write themselves.

Barnestormer on May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

DOJ snooping on reporters to catch national-security leakers is, by and large, a boutique issue

have you been called a candy ass lately, Allah? If not, any guy who uses the word “boutique”, by definition, has got to be a candy ass.

jus sayin’. /

ted c on May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

As a proud citizen of the “Nation of Cowards,” yes I am ready.

mjbrooks3 on May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The man has all the charm of a Brillo pad.

Marcola on May 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Why didn’t Holder tag along with Barry and Christie on the Jersey Shore? They could have held hands and skipped and played hop scotch.

portlandon on May 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

If Holder didn’t really know about Rosen, how can he possibly know how many other reporters/news outlets have been targeted?

The problem with people in the administration always claiming ignorance is that it means their reassurances that these are isolated cases are meaningless. What else do they “not know”?

taznar on May 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Apollo Creed to Rocky:

“Do us all a favor and drop this chump”

kpguru on May 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Metahphor mix.

This administration leaked like the Titanic after the OBL raid.

Then they work like crazy to operate the plumbers and pumps when they can aim the effort at the right.

They may have had an issue with AP but the Korean/Rosen scandal is running over one of the other team’s players with an ambulance while looking for a band member with an ankle sprain.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

The only people that Holder will charm are the low info idiots.

GarandFan on May 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

The only people that Holder will charm are the low info idiots.

GarandFan on May 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

If charm doesn’t work, threats are a good backup plan.

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Holder is halfway home on this. I already find him offensive.

Hucklebuck on May 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Watch the media work to save Holder’s butt.

bw222 on May 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

He is so creepy – he makes my skin crawl.

gophergirl on May 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

heh

cmsinaz on May 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM

“aw, another feel good story.” – nonpartisan elitist.

kirkill on May 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Jabberwock on May 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

this

cmsinaz on May 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Holder doesn’t leave, period. The dem main talking point is “Scandals? What scandals? All this is just Republican hyper partisanship” If that’s the case, why is it necessary for Holder to leave? Leaving means the Republicans were right all along. Staying means the perpetual hunt for squirrels goes on.

Fred 2 on May 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Sing along with me now:

The wheels on ‘Bammie’s bus go round and round
Round and round
Round and round
The wheels on ‘Bammie’s bus go round and round
Over Holder’s ‘stache

Grace_is_sufficient on May 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Watch the media work to save Holder’s butt.

bw222 on May 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM

…it has too!…it keeps their ears warm!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Also don’t forget that Holder could not remember how many times he had approved snooping on reporters, as in the AP case. He did say there were several requests that he rejected or ask for modifications on.

So there are clearly at least a couple more media record seizures out there.

hawksruleva on May 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM

All Holder has to do, really, is mouth some garbage about remorse and ease up a bit in future leak investigations. Which, it appears, is exactly what he’s planning.

And showcase these sham meetings and subsequent “changes to make sure it never happens again.” The goal, of course is to get to the point where Holder can walk into one of the many hearings on the subject, sigh petulently, and arrogantly ask “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

James Rosen is the *only* reporter he has accused of crime and read emails?

So Holder only targeted his boss’s sworn enemy, Fox News. Isn’t he supposed to be Equal Opportunity Gestapo?

LetsBfrank on May 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Why didn’t Holder tag along with Barry and Christie on the Jersey Shore? They could have held hands and skipped and played hop scotch.

portlandon on May 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

You don’t take the kids along for date night.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Isn’t he supposed to be Equal Opportunity Gestapo?

LetsBfrank on May 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM

He is. Every Conservative media person has equal opportunity to be targeted.

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Shouldn’t one possess a modicum of “charm” before one initiates a “charm offensive”?

Solaratov on May 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’m torn. Would I rather have him slink off in disgrace or remain as a stinky millstone hanging around Obama’s neck? Guess I would prefer the chronic, festering sore.

a capella on May 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

It’s probably less about Holder keeping his job and more about Holder looking for a nice, cozy academic (Harvard?) or think tank job.

rbj on May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

No matter the outcome, he will still have his pick of ivy league madrasas. The man use to represent terroist and he hates Fox. What more qualifications do you need?

Alabama Infidel on May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

No matter the outcome, he will still have his pick of ivy league madrasas. The man use to represent terroist and he hates Fox. What more qualifications do you need?

Alabama Infidel on May 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Being a convicted domestic terrorist and/or claiming native American heritage seems to be a big deal for the Ivies.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Leave Eric Holder alone! We should be honoring his accomplishments! The GOP is only accusing Holder of misdeeds because he’s black. Cut the guy a break, 200 years ago ‘his people’ were cleaning up your mess! /sarc

RedManBlueState on May 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I’m torn. Would I rather have him slink off in disgrace or remain as a stinky millstone hanging around Obama’s neck? Guess I would prefer the chronic, festering sore.

a capella on May 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I can relate to a similar dilemma. I come down on the side of him getting gone. If he remains, it’s a sure bet he’ll be out for blood, in revenge against those who dared ‘wrong’ him. The only white folks possibly immune will be the lily-white canvas of MSNBC.

Liam on May 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

He can’t resign or be fired.

The next AG will be pressured to release the F&F documents, and will probably succumb because it doesn’t incriminate him/her.

Then this presidency would end. Even Hillary might end up in jail over F&F.

The Rogue Tomato on May 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

This. You pasted them Tomato.

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Leave Eric Holder alone! We should be honoring his accomplishments! The GOP is only accusing Holder of misdeeds because he’s black. Cut the guy a break, 200 years ago ‘his people’ were cleaning up your mess! /sarc

RedManBlueState on May 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

MLK must have been wrong about that “judge by content of character” thing.

oldroy on May 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Holder is as charming as Obama…as Goebbels would love them to be.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Horses azzes are more charming than Obama and Holder.

I hope the media will suffocate from eating their shit.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Holder has the perfect name.

He holds Obama and Hillary’s skeletons.

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Too late, Holder.

Toodle-loo, punk.

petefrt on May 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM

RedManBlueState on May 29, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Your name is offensive. Like the Redskins. Or something.

Sincerely,
urban elitist fool

22044 on May 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The abusive relationship continues. Now he’s going to make nice, apologize and turn on the charm.

Resist, “brave” reporters! Don’t let him kiss you! That’s how he always gets you back.

PattyJ on May 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

This guy looks like a tan version of Howard on the Andy Griffith show. Maybe they could have a new version of the show done and have him play the part.

Should only cost a couple hundred million of our tax dollars to make it.

acyl72 on May 29, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Holder – Sorry about all that other stuff but now that I claim to be feeling bad about it, you can really trust me now.

ghostwalker1 on May 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Actually, it’s a brilliant political maneuver.

By keeping it off the record, Holder can tell all of the MSM cheerleaders for him and Obama what they need to say to save the day. He won’t say it in those terms, but rather he’ll give them the off the record sob story about how he didn’t remember anything about anything and how he really, really, really, really, promises this time more transparency and that he will only go after the press when it is a conservative. The MSM will forgive all sins and go back to reporting on how so evil the tea party organizations were that they forced Eric to violate the 1st amendment rights of reporters.

The sad part is that Holder will get away with it because the MSM is in the tank for Obama.

BMF on May 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

That picture of him should help.
I have never in my life seen a more photogenic PO$.

TimBuk3 on May 29, 2013 at 10:54 PM