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.