It’s always fun when a campaign decides to have a fight with itself via the newspapers. Well, it’s always fun when it’s the other guys doing it. When it’s your own, it’s kind of bad because that’s a symptom of deeper troubles.
So… this is fun.
Continue reading Tweet of the Day, Trump Campaign Now Using Media In Its Internal Fights edition.
You know, Eugene Robinson, I can’t help but notice that… you are upset at the current administration’s policies on leaks.
The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.
And that this situation you are now describing… is a troublesome one.
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.
And, indeed, this observation that you have now taken up – that we have been seeing this sort of thing from the Obama administration for some time – is… very much on topic. Yes.
Thank you for pointing this out. And thank you for noting that prior administrations have shown more restraint in dealing with journalists.
(Via Instapundit. Oh, my, yes: via Instapundit.)
I know, I know: you are wounded unto death about such a thing occurring. Wounded unto death.
Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, where Republicans say they’ll grill him about the Justice Department’s secret review of Associated Press phone records and the IRS targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny, among other issues.
The oversight hearing had already been scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 15. But Republicans now plan to use the time to address the two issues that came to light this week.
The real question is, though: will it just be the Republicans piling on? Possibly not: the National Journal is kind of hinting* that maybe Democrats on Judiciary will be wanting to put some distance between them and the Obama administration’s exciting new game Wheel of Scandal. The AP thing would be the place for House Democrats to do it, too. Of the (current) Big Three scandals going on right now (Benghazi, IRS, AP): the narrative on Benghazi is locked down among Democrats. No way are any of them going to admit that the White House deliberately lied about the origins of that attack because they were in the middle of a Presidential election. The IRS issue is kind of problematical: the Democratic progressive base simply seems intellectually incapable of understanding why it looks horrifically bad when the IRS confesses that they targeted the administration’s political enemies. Best not to push that one too far… but the AP? Yeah, that’s reasonably safe. Particularly since the House passed a federal shield bill in 2009 that would have protected all those fine, upstanding journalists. So, yeah, they’re on the side of the angels on that one. Continue reading Eric Holder may have an *exquisitely* painful day today over at House Judiciary.
Reading between the lines of this Wired article… oh, sorry, here’s the executive summary. Somebody at the DoD wrote the grown-up equivalent of We Should Totally Have Laser Guns That We Can Shoot At The Bad Guys – complete with wicked cool drawings! – that the rest of us were doing when we were nine. Somebody leaked the document – which I will henceforth refer to as the Laser BURNINATOR document to Wired, possibly in the hope that the resulting embarrassment might do more to prevent such things; and the document is just classified enough (“For Official Use Only”) that the government could make a little bit of a stink if they wanted to. And apparently they wanted to, and apparently Wired has decided not to indulge them. This has led to a steady increase in government… well. ‘Harassment’ is too strong a word, and ‘whining’ is too weak.
Anyway, reading between the lines: I suspect that nobody at the top of the administration particularly cares about the Laser BURNINATOR document, or in fact even knows about the Laser BURNINATOR. What the administration does particularly care about is stopping leaks, and as near as I can tell they have given the agencies carte blanche to go out there and plug leaks wherever those leaks might be found. Which in itself might not be all that much of a practical problem (the ethical questions are a matter for a different post), except that the Obama administration clearly doesn’t really feel the need to oversee any of this. The President’s naive, childlike faith in the ability of anonymous bureaucrats to do their jobs without ever, ever mucking it all up is in full display here. Makes you wonder what else is bubbling away down there…
PS: If Wired had been writing this story about a Republican President in an election year, they would have found a way to drag in the opposition party somehow. Their curious inability to do this to Obama goes a long way in explaining why Democrats slap around the media so often; it’s because they can.
A pair of stories (HT: Hot Air Headlines, here and here) illustrate the sudden appearance of troubles for the Speaker of the House rather neatly. First, the general:
Democrats: CIA is out to get us
Democrats charged Tuesday that the CIA has released documents about congressional briefings on harsh interrogation techniques in order to deflect attention and blame away from itself.
and now, the specific:
Source: Aide told Pelosi waterboarding had been used
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A source close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now confirms that Pelosi was told in February 2003 by her intelligence aide, Michael Sheehy, that waterboarding was actually used on CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah.
This appears to contradict Pelosi’s account that she was never told waterboarding actually happened, only that the administration was considering using it.
Which is a nice way of putting it*. Continue reading Strictly business, Madam Speaker.