Obama scandals: fair to the media?

President Obama B_thb

by NW Spotlight

When the American media signed on to be Barack Obama’s Pied Piper, they signed on with gusto! They sold him with so much baseless hype that he got a Nobel Peace Prize for just showing up!

So sure, they agreed to carry President Obama’s water, but they weren’t expecting to have to carry Chicago’s Lake Michigan! Covering for his foreign affairs’ failures and complete lack of leadership are already above-and-beyond for the American media.

But what’s really not fair is how many scandals President Obama is spewing out. How on earth is the media supposed to keep “unreporting” all the scandals and still expect to keep any shred of credibility? President Obama is not being fair to the media.

When George W. Bush was president, the media needed to invent scandals – and they did. Some even paid the ultimate sacrifice – they lost their jobs because of it, and they were willing to – because that’s what it took.

So the media have proven their loyalties. There’s no excuse for testing them, no excuse for causing them to expend their last shreds of credibility. But that’s just what President Obama has done with his never-ending “scandal machine.” He’s creating new scandals faster than Henry Ford could produce Model Ts!

Veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler at WhiteHouseDossier.com put together this list in August:

  • IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election.
  • Benghazi Part 1: failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission
  • Benghazi Part 2: changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video
  • Benghazi Part 3: refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack
  • Justice Department collecting Associated Press reporters’ phone records
  • Justice Department monitoring Fox News reporter’s phones and emails
  • Potential Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed the Fox News reporter a potential criminal.
  • ATF “Fast and Furious” which allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers – one of those weapons killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
  • Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate.
  • Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.
  • GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.
  • Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.
  • Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.
  • Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.
  • Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.
  • The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.
  • Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.
  • Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.
  • The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.
  • Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
  • I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”
  • It’s not clear who hacked the CBS reporter’s computer as she investigated the Benghazi scandal, but the Obama administration and its allies had both the motive and the means to do it.
  • An American Political Prisoner: The sudden decision to arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on unrelated charges after protests in the Arab world over his anti-Muslim video is an extraordinarily suspicious coincidence. “We’re going to go out and we’re going to prosecute the person that made that video,” Hillary Clinton allegedly told the father of one of the ex-SEALs killed in Banghazi.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General Gerald Walpin was fired in 2009 as he fought wasteful spending and investigated a friend of Obama’s, Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson.
  • An investigation is underway of Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who has been nominated by Obama for the number two post at the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas may have used his position to unfairly obtain U.S. visas for foreign investors in company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodman.

Koffler’s list doesn’t even include some of President Obama’s other scandals like the recent NSA excesses, where the $787 billion stimulus package went, or President Obama’s selection of tax cheat Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary.

Is it fair for President Obama to continue to force the media to keep obfuscating and underreporting all these scandals? Haven’t they proven their loyalty enough?

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  • Britt Storkson

    Excellent piece! Please also note that the media gets money from government because governments buy advertising. This advertising is purchased not only to insure that certain things are reported…More often advertising is purchased to INSURE THAT CERTAIN THINGS ARE NOT REPORTED.

  • JackLordGod

    Anyone waiting for the media to cover any of these scandals with any of the tenacity they would were Obama a Republican will have a very long wait. It simply isn’t going to happen.

    That said, it doesn’t mean these scandals don’t have any effect.

    Example – The Newton shooting. Anybody wonder why gun control was ditched so quickly? Well, some part of that is Fast and Furious. The Obama administration simply had no credibility on the issue. Detroit had turned into a No Go zone, Chicago has em dropping like flies and on top of all that the administration was selling guns to Mexican drug gangs. Even though the event was so proximate to the election that it should have been an easy win for Obama it went no where and got two Colorado politicians recalled. No small part of that is a complete lack of credibility on gun control and F&F is no small part of that.

    Example – Government shutdown. This was a slam dunk for Obama yet he went down in the polls. If ever there was the ideal set up for Obama this was it. The media had the template from the Clinton years. Yet Obama went down in the polls. Vets tearing down barricades with illegal alien rallies got full support might not have been a contrast made in the press, but people got it. Frankly I would expect Republicans to fair even better from this shutdown than the last one (they picked up two Senate seats, Dems picked up two house seats).

    Example – Benghazi – The standard liberal answer to this one is “phoney scandal, no need to investigate, we know what happened”. If you ever get this, ask next “Really? Then who put out the You Tube Story, what evidence made the You Tube Story so convincing it was the right answer?” You will get deer in the headlights look every time.

    Yeah sure, no one got thrown in jail for this one, however the American people know the president told them a story he knew wasn’t true. They also know he and Hillary went around trying to sell this story with late night ads on mid east television stations. It was essentially an apology tour that when the story turned out to be a complete fabrication was insulting to peoples intelligence.

    Enter Syria – Obama picks up with the dopiest issue one could imagine – let’s attack a mid east country because we think they have WMD’s. Oh that’s a really good idea.

    The mood of the congress and the American people was clearly no. Obama backed down.

    Think about how that one would have gone just a few years ago. Obama would have lobbed in cruise missiles faster than the press would have quizzed him on his favorite color at the news conference afterwards. Think he couldn’t have gotten away with it? You might want to recall Clinton got away with the exact same thing to stave off an impeachment vote and the press at the time bent over backward to excuse it.

    So, the bottom line here is,l whether the press covers them or not, these scandals take their toll. A lot of trust is gone with Obama.

    • voterid

      You are correct in that after all the calls from Obama to get Fox off the air, the bloggers to stop blogging and the radio stations to stop broadcasting words spread a who lot faster than finding it on any of the bought and paid for press. Most of us, who are of the conservative mind know who to watch on TV and who not to watch for the most informative information on daily news items, therefore we haven’t been fooled at all…
      Scandals do take their toll and after Obama is gone, it won’t be Fox News, MSNBC, CBS, CNN or any of the other broadcasting outlets that will be remembered or documented on Obama’s presidency, it will be what he accomplished during that time and I sure can’t think of a single thing right now.

      • JackLordGod

        Well, he will have spent us into oblivion and gotten more people on the dole. That’s an accomplishment of some kind isn’t it?

        • Britt Storkson

          Jack, Is that some sort of gallows humor?

  • .

    David Appell might prefer the data presented here be sequestered elsewhere and not under his knows. Perhaps, under the chapel cistern of the Clinton lie-brary.

    • .

      waterlogged perhaps, under….

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