For evidence that no one looking for objective reporting should seriously consider reading output from the Politico, look no further than the 5,900-word puff piece propagated by Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein on Sunday.
Their “Special Report: The Obama Paradox” told readers what that President Obama supposedly “recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency — a reality that has left him deeply frustrated at times.” Meanwhile, the EPA is going wild with carbon regs in the name of the “climate change” hoax, federal regulators are harassing banks and their customers who operating legal businesses in Operation Choke Point, and immigration policy has been unilaterally hijacked. And in a final irony, as the Politico pair were putting their handiwork to bed, Obama was conducting a prisoner swap — one soldier whose loyalties are questionable for five hardened terrorists — while violating a law requiring him to notify Congress of what he was going. “Less in control” my foot. Instead, we are seeing usurpation of authority by Obama and his executive branch.
Establishment press outfits have an annoying and in my view fundamentally deceptive tendency to make the content of news reports disappear once they have been “updated” with new information. The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, is one of this technique’s most egregious practitioners.
There’s really no good reason for this practice. Storage is cheap. But far more important, so is leaving tracks for the sake of the historical record. In the past 48 hours, AP has virtually deep-sixed a particularly damning incident involving Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as he crowed in front of U.S. troops about Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
Here we go:
– Jay Carney Resigns
– President Obama
– Eric Shinseki Resigns
– Illegal Aliens in Military
– NBC’s Richard Engel
– Tea Party Candidates
– CIA Chief Outed by White House
– Donald Sterling
Best Line: “Several Tea Party candidates have won primary races in Texas and are expected to win in November. Or, as the mainstream media reported it, ‘The Tea Party is dead.’”
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11:55 a.m.: You really can’t make this up —
During his sojourn with the Taliban, Bergdahl’s military benefits continued to accrue, including automatic rank increases that have elevated him to sergeant.
Even though …
An unidentified senior Defense Department official told Fox News that Bergdahl may have been an active collaborator with the enemy, that intelligence officials have an extensive file on him that has not yet been shared with Congress, and that Bergdahl will have a lot of questions to answer.
I suspect that one of those questions might be: “What color jumpsuit would prefer a your prison garb, Sergeant?”
Watch (HT The Blaze), as “Kevin Lowery prays at the Lebanon High School commencement ceremony at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon, Missouri on May 23, 2014″:
A month ago, I noted that the establishment press has ignored an especially pernicious program undertaken by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice and the Obama administration’s regulatory apparatus, namely Operation Choke Point.
On Thursday, a strong 321-87 bipartisan majority of the House passed H.R. 4660, the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (of) 2015.” Among its provisions: “Sec. 554. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to carry out Operation Choke Point.” The final bill’s supporters included 204 Republicans and 117 Democrats. The establishment press has ignored the vote. Excerpts from Kelly Riddell’s Friday coverage at the Washington Times follows the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):