We pay special tribute to those journalists who have sacrificed their lives, freedom or personal well-being in pursuit of truth and justice.
Ironic, because those who risk sacrificing their freedom in the pursuit of truth are reporters covering the Obama administration. Here’s just the latest:
The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen’s personal emails, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
In a chilling move sure to rile defenders of civil liberties, an FBI agent also accused Rosen of breaking anti-espionage law with behavior that — as described in the agent’s own affidavit — falls well inside the bounds of traditional news reporting.
Fox News is now claiming that the Obama Justice Department targeted two of their reporters and one producer.
As John Nolte pointed out over at Breitbart, the things the government is accusing Rosen of doing happen almost every day in the world of journalism in a free nation — and the Obama administration wants to criminalize it while sending a “horse head in the bed” style message to every other reporter in the country.
In 2009 the Obama administration pretty much declared war on Fox News, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this story runs a lot wider and deeper and isn’t even isolated to alleged leak investigations.
Never thought I’d see the day that Greasy Axelrod advocated for shrinking the federal monstrosity, but if it’s too much for He Who Knows and Sees All to keep track of, Axe is right — time to cut its size:
The government is simply too big for President Obama to keep track of all the wrongdoing taking place on his watch, his former senior adviser, David Axelrod, told MSNBC. “Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast,” he explained.
Come on, liberals, jump on board the “smaller government” bandwagon. Do it for the future of America. Or, if that’s not important enough of a consideration, do it for Obama.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama, February 2008
“I’m hearing about this stuff from the news.” Barack Obama, May 2013
President Obama today ordered into action two members of the greatest military force the world has ever known:
I’ve got a little caption contest going over at Michelle’s if you feel like adding one.
In fairness to The One, at least he’s aware of his limitations when it comes to operating his own umbrella:
The US Attorney General is the only person who can appoint special counsels. Obama really knew what he was doing when he nominated Eric Holder — but don’t forget to save some major blame for the Dem controlled Senate for confirming this guy:
Even if Holder did decide to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Benghazi, what are the chances he’d choose somebody who would actually investigate? He’d probably appoint Hillary. In reality, the only thing Eric Holder needs in order to initiate a criminal investigation is a mirror.
The American Civil Liberties Union was curious about warrantless government snooping on citizens’ text messages. So the group filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the Justice Department. Here’s what they got back:
Totally Redacted FOIA response:
Scroll through the entire thing. Thank God for FOIA or we wouldn’t know what our government is up to.
This headline is quite funny if you really think about it:
Obama tells the press that government unfairly targeting conservatives in the private sector is absolutely unacceptable, followed closely by a speech in which he blasted a private sector conservative by name? Leading by example was never Obama’s forte.
“The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.” – President Obama, May 13, 2013
Four Pinocchios, according to Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post.
I’d throw in a fifth Pinocchio just because Obama has repeated this lie so many times. He never used the word “terrorism” in reference to Benghazi. But don’t take my word for it:
For instance, on Sept. 12, immediately after the Rose Garden statement the day after the attack, Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes and acknowledged he purposely avoided the using the word “terrorism:”
KROFT: “Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word ‘terrorism’ in connection with the Libya attack.”
KROFT: “Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?”
OBAMA: “Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.”
And yet the producer of a YouTube video remains in prison.
“There’s no ‘there’ there” is the new “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”:
Well, there’s no “there” there now because
people angry about an offensive YouTube video terrorists destroyed the place.
Obama today also called the Benghazi investigation a “sideshow.” It must be distracting from the IRS’s efforts to crack down on conservatives.
Politically speaking, being so dismissive about Benghazi criticism could backfire on Obama. He and his administration flat out lied to the country about the murder of four Americans, and even the MSM is starting to catch on — albeit very late. Of course, Obama knows he probably won’t face too much scrutiny because his administration can always count on family.
Let Obama tell this woman there’s no “there” there:
“I do want to say just one thing, though. I want to wish Hillary [Clinton] a happy Mother’s Day. She’s got her child. I don’t have mine because of her.”