Parker: Conservatives and Mainstream Media teaming up

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May 16, 2013

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Breaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt — the benighted Mainstream Media.

Or as the Tea Party queen and former Alaska governor likes to put it, the “lamestream media.”

In a twist of irony, the two groups have coalesced around a common enemy: the U.S. government.

Revelations the past few days that the Internal Revenue Service has been giving special attention to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status have converged with the news that the Justice Department has been seizing phone records of The Associated Press. Reaction from both camps has been outrage seasoned with constitutional fervor.

Not to overstate, but nothing less than free speech is at stake, about which no one should be confused.

Briefly, the IRS singled out specific groups with words such as “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names for special scrutiny, including asking for donor lists. Needless to say, this would have a chilling effect on donors who prefer anonymity, but it also smacks of intimidation. The implication: Criticize the government and you will pay. Literally. The targeting, moreover, was not a rogue operation by some random field agents in Cincinnati, as originally claimed, but, according to The Washington Post, involved IRS officials in Washington.

“Outrageous” was the term President Obama used Monday during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Obama promised to get to the bottom of it even though, as president, he can’t directly contact the IRS about a tax matter. This is owing to the legacy of Watergate, when then-President Richard Nixon used the IRS to intimidate his perceived enemies. The unavoidable comparison is, well, unavoidable.

Obama can rattle some cages, though, given his administration’s almost daily scandal production, he’s going to be a busy zookeeper for the foreseeable future. No sooner had the Benghazi hearing concluded than the IRS story broke, followed by reports of the Justice Department probe. The latter’s investigation pertained to reporters’ phone records over a two-month period affecting four bureaus, including the AP’s congressional office, and more than 20 lines potentially used by hundreds of reporters and, significantly, their sources.

Americans accustomed to hating the media — a popular pastime of self-proclaimed “new media,” often meaning someone with an iPhone and a laptop — should stop hitting “snooze” on their wakeup call right about now. When the choice is between distrusting reporters and distrusting the government, there’s no contest, especially when the aggrieved are groups of people (Tea Partyers and self-proclaimed patriots) whose chief organizing principle is distrust of government.

Reporters, though they are merely human with all the attendant imperfections, are fundamentally on the patriot team. They’re sort of like cops: You hate them when their blue lights appear in the rear view, but you love them when something goes bump in the night.

Comments

Pete

Can't dispute your Messiah is going to crash & burn can you?

At least Biden has had a job before and knows how manage people. Barry not so much.

Contango

Which "aisle" Buttercup? Even high ranking libs like Levin & Rangel are givin' him the business.

Pres. Obama is increasingly playing a weak political hand and the Dems are running for cover.

Let's have one more ONGOING investigation on political corruption with this WH.

This ain't about just gettin' a BJ in the Oval Office - this gets to the heart of trust in govt.

The Big Dog's back

Ongoing investigation. Where have I seen that before? Oh yeah Ken Starr.

Contango

The Starr Report makes for some fun reading. I've read it - have you Buttercup?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp...

Clinton was "mentoring" Lewinsky. LMAO!!!

Contango

Heard part of an interview yesterday with Rick Santelli, CNBC.

The question was asked: Why doesn't Pres. Obama take credit for the rising stock mkt. (GOOD QUESTION!)

The answer: Because his core constituency are not the ones benefiting from it.

Contango

"They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices."

- Pres. Obama, May 5, 2013

Yea...RIGHT. LOL!!!

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain." - Wizard of OZ

The Big Dog's back

Good old Texas politics.

Fromthe419

Yep, it sure is. Texas unemployment rate 6.4% and the US rate 7.5%. Creating jobs and lowering the overall tax rate and expanding the base, seems to be working fine in Texas. I don't see any former governors of Texas sitting in any prison, can't say that for good ole Illinois :)

KURTje

Glad Rob Perry croaked. He was a stinking liar too. People like him are 1 of the real reasons America has problems. Oh, w made the stolen valor act go away..figures. Blo on about the media. People who were part of history know the facts.

eriemom

Been here. Done it. But keep saying Benghazi over and over again. Is there anyone left in Washington actually working? Or are all of the committees only working to fabricate a crisis?

This time actually pass Shield laws. This is what the Patriot Act wrought.

When did the description on the application for tax exempt status change from "exclusively non-political" to "primarily non-political"? Seriously. When?

Contango

@ eriemom:

So having the State Dept. essentially doing their OWN internal investigation regarding Benghazi is OK with you?

SOMEBODY dropped "the ball" - WHO was it?

The British and other consulates had already pulled out of Benghazi due to warnings of terrorist threats; why was the U.S. still there and so lightly guarded????

According to RT, the CIA gave AP the go-ahead to print the story.

http://rt.com/usa/cia-ap-probe-h...

Why not have the DOJ and the IRS investigate themselves?

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