By Andrew L. Jaffee, netwmd.com
After multiple scandals — using the IRS as a political weapon, covering up Americans being killed in Benghazi — the Obama administration may have just put the last nail in its own political coffin. The President has alienated a key ally: the mainstream media. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, part of the massive Hearst Communications conglomerate:
The Justice Department’s secret acquisition of two months of telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors represents a serious overreach of government power and a genuine threat to independent journalism in the United States. …
Pretty strong words. For a long time, many have suspected that Obama has made “the US media its mouthpiece.” Perhaps the “US media” wanted to be Obama’s mouthpiece — until they got targeted. With even stronger words, the SF Chronicle called the “Feds’ seizure of AP phone records” a “breach of trust,” and stated that:
… AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt, who sent a letter of protest to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, called the seizure a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into a news-gathering organization.
President Obama, who pledged to run “the most transparent administration in history,” owes Americans an explanation for this serious breach of trust with press freedom.
… also drew a swift rebuke Monday from members of Congress and freedom of the press watchdogs, one of whom called the move ‘Nixonian.’ …
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vowed to investigate.
“This is obviously disturbing,” he said. Coming in the wake of other disclosures about the administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the IRS’s targeting of conservative nonprofit groups, he said it showed “top Obama administration officials increasingly see themselves as above the law and emboldened by the belief that they don’t have to answer to anyone.”
Rep. Issa hit the nail on the head: “top Obama administration officials increasingly see themselves as above the law and emboldened by the belief that they don’t have to answer to anyone.” With the pileup of scandals, Obama will surely lose the trust of the majority of the American people.
Cross-posted at netwmd.com and IsraPundit