Thursday, May 30, 2013

Looks Like We've Found Our Scapegoat!

Holder runs into roadblocks on off-the-record meetings on leaks
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to sit down with media representatives to discuss guidelines for handling investigations into leaks to the news media have run into trouble.
The Associated Press issued a statement Wednesday objecting to plans for the meetings to be off the record. "If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter," said Erin Madigan White, the AP's media relations manager.
Heh. I'd like to know how that set-up went. "Yeah, Eric, just ask for a press conference. Only [suppressed chortle] tell 'em you want it off the record" [hangs up phone] "OMG, I think the idiot went for it!". Honestly, I'm surprised Holder was that dumb - he's meeting with the press about allegations of rampant spying against a sympathetic media, and he wants it kept off the record? What, praytell, was he planning to tell them?

"Really, guys, we had to pretend you weren't our lapdogs!"

I think we're seeing Holder being thrown to the wolves here. I think the Obama administration is hoping that they can toss Holder under the bus and get rid of three scandals at once - Fast & Furious, AP spying, and the IRS brouhaha. Benghazi belongs to Hillary! who is no longer in the administration, so they're free and clear if they can get Holder to resign.

The big question, of course, being whether Holder goes quietly or decides to take people with him...

That is all.


Daniel in Brookline said...

I wouldn't call it a case of "Holder being that dumb". I think this Administration has been escalating since 2008 at least -- pulling ever-more outrageous behavior, one-tenth of which from GWB would have elicited outraged calls for immediate impeachment... and watching to see if they can get away with it.

They always have. Can you imagine what the President must have been thinking, privately, during the second 2012 Presidential debate? "I'm going to look Romney right in the eye and lie my face off, and dare him to call me on it."

Had this continued, we might well eventually have had to deal with Obama caught in bed with a dead girl and/or a live boy, just to see if THAT would have been enough.

As it is, I have faint hope that, now that the intrepid press has re-discovered its outrage, they will keep it handy. But I'm not holding my breath.

Old NFO said...

Another day, another set of lies...

Stretch said...

Obama, Holder, et. al. will live peaceful lives after office.
They will collect their pensions.
They will collect huge speaking fees.
They will collect huge salaries from think tanks, foundations, and colleges.
And all those lamp posts along Constitution Ave. go to waste.

Cynic? Moi?

Chas Clifton said...

Nah, Holder is too useful to get rid off. He is Bad Cop to Obama's Good Cop.

Obama makes a speech about the First Amendment and protecting freedom of the press; meanwhile, Holder spies on journalists. That is how they play it.