The Obama Scandal Chronicles

The Obama Scandal Chronicles

IRS Scandal

When news broke that IRS agents were abusively targeting conservative groups particularly the Tea Party, it looked at as if this was an Obama administration scandal that would stick. Even reporters like NBC’s Andrea Mitchell counted it as among the “most outrageous excesses I’ve seen.” Obama sycophant Chris Matthews predicted it could be worth “five or 10 points” for Republicans in the next midterm elections. Even the New York Times editorial board proclaimed: “The IRS Audits Are Condemned.”

The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) news networks actually jumped to cover the story, filling their evening and morning shows with a total of 96 stories in the first two weeks (May 10 through May 23) of coverage. But after those two strong weeks, the broadcast networks lost interest in the scandal, and the coverage slowed to a crawl — just 31 stories in the subsequent weeks (May 24 through June 12). This week, the networks have run only one story (June 11 on ABC’s Good Morning America) on the IRS scandal Too Taxing? Big Three Networks Abandon IRS Scandal | NewsBusters

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    AP Wire Tap

    Finally, an issue Republicans and Democrats can agree on: The Justice Department went too far in secretly obtaining phone records from the Associated Press that covered parts of two months and more than 20 separate lines.

    The department says it needs the records to investigate how the AP uncovered a story about a foiled terrorist bomb plot in Yemen. And White House press secretary Jay Carney was correct in saying “a balance needs to be struck” between two competing interests: the country’s right to know and its right to be safe. But on this one, the Obama administration lost its balance and crash-landed.

    Here’s Michael Steel, a spokesman for Washington’s top Republican, House Speaker John Boehner: “The First Amendment is first for a reason. If the Obama administration is going after reporters’ phone records, they better have a damned good explanation.” AP wiretap assaults core values – Arizona Daily Sun

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      NSA Wire Tap

      Experts say former National Security Agency worker Edward Snowden is fibbing about his ability to ‘wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president.’

      Carrie Cordero, a former national security lawyer at the Justice Department and Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told NPR that ‘the notion that [Snowden] has the authority to go ahead and … “wiretap” people is just ridiculous.’

      His claim, she said, ‘does not resemble anything close to what I observed within the intelligence community.’ Experts scoff at NSA leaker’s claim that he could ‘ wiretap anyone . . . even … – Daily Mail

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        The Benghazi Scandal

         

        In a tense press briefing in the White House East Room on Monday, President Obama cleared his throat before addressing the subject on everyone’s mind: last fall’s attack on an American facility in Benghazi, Libya. Obama led with the basics: “Americans died in Benghazi…. Clearly, they were not in a position where they were adequately protected.”

        Questioning how to change that truth is worth America’s time. As a former State Department official who worked with Ambassador Chris Stevens in the months before his murder in Benghazi, I feel that inquiry’s urgency. But the congressional hearings that have dominated the last week of headlines — with more promised by House Republicans — are not that inquiry. Congress could have focused on three time periods during their investigation: before, during, and after the attack. In all but exclusively focusing on what Administration officials said after Stevens’s death, Congress isn’t just wasting America’s time — it’s squandering a chance to save lives in the future. The Real Benghazi Scandal – The Atlantic

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