May 18, 2013

NYT’s Peters ‘Cleans Up’ Jonathan Weisman’s Original Report on Friday’s IRS Scandal Hearing

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Clearly, the New York Times couldn’t run with Jonathan Weisman’s headline or opening sentence in the report he filed shortly after Friday’s portion of Friday’s testimony at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee in its Saturday print edition. And it didn’t.

The original headline at Weisman’s story, as seen here (HT Ann Althouse via Instapundit), was “Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says.” His opening sentence: “The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.” Along came Jeremy Peters, who helped to “properly” frame these matters, turning it into yet another “Republicans attack our poor innocent administration” piece. That is what made it to today’s paper – on Page A12, naturally accompanied by a “better” headline. Meanwhile, except for excerpts captured at places like the indispensable FreeRepublic, Weisman’s original has been flushed down the memory hole.

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Politico Ignores Govt.-AP Timing Discussions in Saying ‘Veteran Lawyers’ See ‘No Clear-Cut Abuse’ in Phone Record Snooping

In a story appearing this morning at the Politico about the Department of Justice’s broad and unannounced subpoenas of the April and May 2012 personal and business phone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press involving 20 phone lines and involving over 100 reporters and editors, James Hohmann found several “veteran prosecutors” who aren’t necessarily outraged by what most members of the press and several watchdog groups have declared a blatant overreach. Instead, Hohmann summarizes their “far more measured response” as: “It’s complicated.”

Hohmann utterly ignored a May 15 Washington Post story which chronicled claimed discussions between AP and government officials. Ultimately, it appears that the Obama administration’s Department of Justice under Eric Holder may have only gone after AP out of spite because the wire service refused to accommodate administration requests to allow it time to crow about foiling a terrorist plot before the story gained meaningful visibility, and not because the release of the story, especially after what appears to have been an appropriate and negotiated delay, represented a genuine security risk. One obvious unanswered question is why DOJ waited, according to the AP’s Mark Sherman in his original story, until “earlier this year” to obtain the phone records if it was so darned important to find out who the alleged leaker was.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Pope — ‘If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 16, 2013 / 10:40 am

The Pope told Christians it is better to be “annoying” and “a nuisance” than lukewarm in proclaiming Jesus Christ.

“If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord,” said Pope Francis during his morning Mass at the Vatican on May 16.

“We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this apostolic fervor and to give us the grace to be annoying when things are too quiet in the Church,” he said at the chapel of the Saint Martha residence, where he lives.

He celebrated the Mass alongside Cardinal Peter Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso, the president and the secretary of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace.

Council staff and employees from Vatican Radio were among those attending the Eucharistic celebration.

The Pope preached on today’s first reading from Acts 22 and contrasted “backseat Christians” with those who have apostolic zeal.

“There are those who are well mannered, who do everything well, but are unable to bring people to the Church through proclamation and apostolic zeal,” he stated.

The pontiff said apostolic zeal “implies an element of madness,” which he labeled as “healthy” and “spiritual.”

He added that it “can only be understood in an atmosphere of love” and that it is not an “enthusiasm for power and possession.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.