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May 14, 2013 - 6:48 am

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell may not be the sharpest reporter in the drawer, but even she has figured out that the IRS scandal is an abuse of power and Very Big Deal.

On Morning Joe this morning, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell delivered a strong reaction to the news that the IRS targeted Tea Party groups beginning in 2011, calling it “one of the most outrageous excesses I’ve seen in all my years in journalism.”

Mitchell explained that Americans have to understand that their tax returns are private, especially since the Richard Nixon era.

During his presser with UK PM David Cameron Monday, President Obama claimed — again — that “the day after [Benghazi] happened, I acknowledged that it was an act of terrorism.”

Every sentient American knows that that claim is not true. Sentient Americans now include members of the media. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler rates Obama’s claim Four Pinocchios. That’s the max. After walking through most of Obama’s shifting story on Benghazi leading up to the election, Kessler concludes:

During the campaign, the president could just get away with claiming he said “act of terror,” since he did use those words — though not in the way he often claimed. It seemed like a bit of after-the-fact spin, but those were his actual words — to the surprise of Mitt Romney in the debate.

But the president’s claim that he said “act of terrorism” is taking revisionist history too far, given that he repeatedly refused to commit to that phrase when asked directly by reporters in the weeks after the attack. He appears to have gone out of his way to avoid saying it was a terrorist attack, so he has little standing to make that claim now.

Indeed, the initial unedited talking points did not call it an act of terrorism. Instead of pretending the right words were uttered, it would be far better to acknowledge that he was echoing what the intelligence community believed at the time–and that the administration’s phrasing could have been clearer and more forthright from the start.

Even that’s not entirely accurate, and Kessler gives Obama too much leeway to make a false claim during the election, but it’s serious progress.

Update: Et tu, Greg Sargent?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Media turned on him? Don't be silly. The Media tried their damnest to regain some "credibility" to prepare for their 2014 push for their favorite candidates.

Rule of thumb: Republican scandals, real or made up, will be insinuated in October of the election year, too late for a rebuttal: e.g Ted Stevens' non-crime prosecution that costed him his seat, Dan Rather's stupid attempt to unseat George W with a 1975 Word Document.

Democrat scandals, the real ones that are already boiling over will be "exposed" after the elections when the MSM preferred candidates are already in power, too late to make any damage to their men, early enough to close them as old news when the next election comes along. By 2016, only right wing nuts would still care about Hillary's "What difference does it make?", "the filmmaker did it" Benghazi scandal. They will back Hillary and will say she was tested under fire, and all that.
48 weeks ago
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You're seeing the result of what happens when a culture becomes addicted to race and gender in and of themselves determining right and wrong. As Orwell suggested and warned, that will be something almost impossible to throw off. Too many institutions in America are wrapped up in the concept. Even if they came to a simple intellectual epiphany, careers and the existence of organizations founded on Critical Pedagogy are on the line.

Dismantling this system of formalized and ideological political correctness will be a tough task. It is a thing that goes far beyond partisan politics.

The only solution I see is to not only point out the hypocrisy and corruption, but to tie it all together in a package by forcefully stating why, always having the same argument underneath. This is nothing less than a vast system of racial and gender bigotry that reaches even into our law.

Let's admit a bald-faced fact: Obama, as a proper identity, has protections that far supersede what he'd be given were he white. Were he a women, it would be worse. The Dem Party has made no secret of accusing people or racism for mere disagreement with Obama. That reveals more of their own thinking than anyone else's.

It's time to take these morons and they're critical race and gender theory out behind the wood shed for the good beating it deserves. The Left's lies about history are childish and easily torn apart. It remains only to unify and stay on point with the same message hammered over and over again and at length and let principle reign over identity once again.
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The media may be a little angry, but they still surround the Obama wagon, and their kneepads are wearing thin. Candy Crowley's are *really* thin [due to weight pressure], and Chrissy Matthew's are wet [that tingly leg sensation].
46 weeks ago
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The Media will never turn on Obama. They are just clearing the pent up scandals out of the way before the Midterms. None of these little scandals have legs into next year. Next year they will push real hard to retake the House for the Dems.
47 weeks ago
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Obama's attitude is a continuation of his entire political 'career'. As an Illinois senator he repeatedly voted 'present' to avoid being aligned with any particular point of view. As a community organizer he was free to come into a conflict and stir the pot while remaining out of the spotlight. Now, as president, he believes that he is the 'idea man' who's whims should be carried out by the lesser mortals. Obama's so-called ignorance is just more BS.
47 weeks ago
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The Media. That's a hobby horse that won't serve any longer.

It is NOT the Media that makes laws that imprison citizens in debt unto the fourth generation. It is NOT the Media that decides how to get around the protections in law of citizens' rights by passing other unnecessary laws that are selectively enforced. It is NOT the Media that passes laws to which many citizens have vociferously objected. It is NOT the Media that "represents" the citizens of the nation, employed as Public Servants paid by the People from the "public purse". It is NOT the Media that takes money from some citizens to bail out or otherwise support citizens they favour. It is NOT the Media that sees the "public purse" as gigantic pork barrel for their own aggrandisement or favours to their constituents. It is NOT the Media that sends young men and now women to war. ETC.

It is Congress/Senate/Judiciary/Executive. These are the responsibles and those as group and individuals within those grops who must be monitored to do the jobs mandated to them by election of the People. Work compliant with the Fundamental Law, the Consrtitution of We The People. Nothing in that law renders any of the public servants immune to the restriction, the LIMITs to what they may lawfully do to the People by fiat, without formal and direct consent.

The Media are merely hangers-on courtiers of a sort and of more nor less than any court jester. IT is Responsibles that must be held responsible for their decisions, actions

And it is the citizens that must hold them responsible. Impossible? Perhaps.
48 weeks ago
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i think it is more that the "mainstream media" is involved in serious damage control.

the First Amendment is working its magic -- just as it was designed and intended
48 weeks ago
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Truthfulness is not one of the brat's strong points. However, lying is his one and only strong point.
48 weeks ago
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Andrea turns on Obama. I guess it's back to sleeping with Michelle now.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Media turned on him? Don't be silly. The Media tried their damnest to regain some "credibility" to prepare for their 2014 push for their favorite candidates.

Rule of thumb: Republican scandals, real or made up, will be insinuated in October of the election year, too late for a rebuttal: e.g Ted Stevens' non-crime prosecution that costed him his seat, Dan Rather's stupid attempt to unseat George W with a 1975 Word Document.

Democrat scandals, the real ones that are already boiling over will be "exposed" after the elections when the MSM preferred candidates are already in power, too late to make any damage to their men, early enough to close them as old news when the next election comes along. By 2016, only right wing nuts would still care about Hillary's "What difference does it make?", "the filmmaker did it" Benghazi scandal. They will back Hillary and will say she was tested under fire, and all that.
48 weeks ago
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Correct observation about when scandals are reported. The timing is to ensure that by November 2014 Benghazii, Associated Press, IRS, and Ms. Sibelius's trolling for dollars will be far beyond voters' attention spans.

In 2014, what difference, at that point, will it make? And the Democrat-media juggernaut will roll on.
48 weeks ago
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We must remove the presidents use of plausible deniability as a defense. It removes any possibility of responsibility and accountability from the president by the mere raising of the defense. The Republic cannot have the administrative branch headless or a mere puppet any longer.
48 weeks ago
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They're pack journalists and the pack is turning. Woof woof.
48 weeks ago
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