Friday, June 07, 2013
NYT: "The Administration Has Now Lost All Credibility."
But real journalists (like the British newspapers who broke the story about a massive confiscation of the phone records of American citizens) continue to trumpet just how arrogant, power-hungry and dangerous Team Obama is to good government and individual freedom.
Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, conservative bloggers and columnists -- and those Brits who haven't forgotten what they learned in Journalism 101 -- have built up an impressive audience and the traditional powers in the news business simply cannot have its own way anymore. They are forced to deal with the scandals even when it goes against their progressive prejudices.
And, oh my, with the inefficiency, the secrecy, the lies, the arrogance, and the ongoing disdain towards the Constitution that has been displayed by the Barack Obama administration, that means an awful lot of scandal is there to be covered.
So much so that even a New York Times editorial is published that includes these damning paragraphs:
Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.
Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it…
Again, I have no doubt the Times editors and others from the old guard media would like nothing better than to jump back into the President's lap and play "good dog." For instance, just hours after the Times published this editorial online, the Democrat loyalists reconsidered the damage it would do to the President and they altered the operative sentence from “the administration has now lost all credibility" to read "the administration has now lost all credibility on this issue.”
No, the traditional press wants desperately to help Barack Obama out -- in whatever jam he's in or whatever mess he's made -- but Barack Obama is making it very hard for them to do so.