Rule of Law

Partners in Crime: Media Matters and DOJ

Some months ago, PJ Media submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Justice. The request asked for all of the communications between the Office of Public Affairs and the Soros-funded Media Matters about Katie Pavlich’s must-read book Fast and Furious.  The Office of Public Affairs is headed by the notorious screamer Tracy Schmaler.

Anyone who has followed the Fast and Furious scandal closely knows that the Office of Public Affairs has been central to deceiving the public and bullying inquisitive reporters.  Thug tactics unbecoming of the Department of Justice have become standard at the Office of Public Affairs.

Despite the fact that PJ Media’s original request was clearly identified as directed to the Office of Public Affairs, the DOJ routed the request to the Civil Rights Division, which on its face has absolutely nothing to do with the request.  That’s called buying time.

Finally, DOJ has at last responded to PJ Media’s request, sort of.  The response letter says that precisely a single document exists responsive to our request.

A single document?

PJ Media had to sue DOJ to pry documents from them before.  It seems they haven’t learned the lesson.

So let’s examine that single document.

It is an email from Soros-Winged Monkey Matt Gertz at Media Matters to Press Harpy Tracy Schmaler.  Gertz is officially called a “deputy research director,” which really means his job is to watch Fox News obsessively and use Google to write defamatory stories about conservatives, all while being paid less than the “research director.”

Gertz’s email forwards his attack on Pavlich to Schmaler.  He wanted to make sure Schmaler at central command saw his good work. (Does that make Schmaler the Wicked Witch?  Alas, I mix my pop culture references with mythological ones.)

Gertz sends this email a mere “1 minute” after his piece posted.  A good monkey promptly alerts Master.

Notice also Gertz’s subject header – ICYMI.  That’s lazy for “in case you missed it.”  Given that the post was a mere 60 seconds old, it is hard to know how Schmaler could have done anything but missed it.

The email appears awfully familiar, like a piece in a long-running exchange of In Case You Missed It back and forths.  Yet a single document was responsive to our request.


Are we to believe that Schmaler never replied to her most trusted field operative?  (Sorry Ryan Reilly, and Charlie Savage.  Gertz has it hands down.)  Is it really plausible that Gertz and Schmaler never once exchanged another email given the number of similar dishonest hit pieces Gertz has done on critics of Eric Holder?

We all know the answer.

Of course Gertz and Schmaler may be so close that she is using a personal email account that escapes our FOIA.  Or, DOJ is simply lying when it says a single document is responsive.  These days, it’s hard to know which is more likely.

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