Washington's Pack of Pretenders

Last Friday, in what would be a humiliating episode if it were capable of embarrassment, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, acted as if a tweet from "@BarackObama" about the TV program House of Cards represented an "endorsement" of the program by President Barack Obama himself. It even described the tweet as his "latest playful executive order," and reported that a cast member somehow "double-checked the authenticity of the tweet before celebrating."

The folks at AP are so smitten with Dear Leader that they either weren't aware or didn't care that the Twitter account involved is from Organizing for America, a group of Obama lovers who are technically but not substantively separate from the White House, and whose life mission is to promote his missions of the moment. The "@BarackObama" account description clearly tells the world that "Tweets from the President are signed -bo." The House of Cards tweet contained no such "signature."

AP's seeming cluelessness is really a case of institutional acceptance of the unacceptable: It and the rest of the press have become so used to covering government and government-aligned entities which are not at all what they pretend to be that they no longer even care to question their legitimacy. Several of too many examples to fit into a single column follow.

Certainly Eric Holder's Department of Justice isn't what the attorney general's "about" page says it is, namely "the central agency for enforcement of federal laws." It is instead the central agency for approving fishing expeditions against news organizations like the AP; harassing states in matters such as the administration of elections which are solely their province; deciding which federal laws it will refuse to defend, i.e., the Defense of Marriage Act; and determining which laws it will ruthlessly reinterpret beyond Congress's and even the Supreme Court's intent.

Holder himself is the only attorney general, and in fact the first sitting cabinet member, ever held in contempt of Congress. There is documented evidence that he knew of Operation Fast and Furious, the enterprise involving the provision of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels, in July 2010, five months before Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's murderer used one of those guns to kill him. In Mexico, as of over two years ago, Fast and Furious guns "showed up at nearly 200 crime scenes" involving an estimated 300 "people killed or wounded." In a functioning government, Holder's impeachment and involuntary removal from office would have occurred long ago.

The charlatans at the Internal Revenue Service claim to be about helping Americans "understand and meet their tax responsibilities" and to "enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all." Four decades ago, the agency's head directly refused to honor President Richard Nixon's request to audit 200 of his political enemies. Barely a year after Obama's first inauguration, it became a political tool of his administration dedicated to stonewalling, harassing, and auditing liberty movement, voter integrity and social conservative organizations and their leaders. Holder's FBI, after conducting a months-long non-investigation of the agency during which it apparently spoke with no targeted organizations, implausibly decided that no criminal activity had taken place.