Obama’s Scandals Mars 2nd Term Agenda

Benghazi, I.R.S., and Justice Department controversies are big distractions for White House

obama sadThis has not been a good week for the Obama White House.

Intense focus on the Benghazi attacks, the revelations that I.R.S. officials targeted the tea party groups for extra scrutiny, and the seizure of AP journalists’ phone records by the Justice Department have marred President Obama’s 2nd term agenda.

The trio of “scandals” has Republicans nipping at Obama’s heels. And the president himself appears to be a bystander in the world’s most powerful office, stifled by partisanship and events that are out of his control, the New York Times reports.

On Wednesday, Obama took steps to address the controversies: He announced the resignation of the acting I.R.S. commissioner, Steven Miller, who was aware of efforts to target tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status; the White House released more than 100 emails, detailing the administration’s response to attacks; and administration officials asked the Senate to revive legislation that would shield journalists from subpoena of their notes and records.

Time will tell if those actions will help the White House get back to issues like immigration reform and job creation.

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  • John

    It should come to no surprise that the news media and our government have long been in a cat and mouse game of counter-spying.

    Quite frankly the news media is no better a guardian of our civil liberties than the
    government might be, and Fox has served as the poster child in how mainstream
    news media conducts itself in terms of respecting individual privacy.

    So if the news media and its partner in crime networks, whether that be the AP or more mainstream formats as ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox or NBC wants Americans to believe that they are the real gatekeepers of our civil liberties then I’d say think again.

    A get out of jail free card (news media’s freedom of the press mantra) for too long has put Americans in the cross-hairs of rampant and often unethical news gathering
    tactics, and so why the U.S. Congress is not holding hearings on the news media’s
    snooping on Americans is above many people’s grasp. If you do a search on
    Google, let’s say “news media snooping,” very little (if anything) comes up on
    the subject matter. What does come up in the search results are topics that makes
    the news media a victim of snooping and/or their quest to preclude big brother
    from snooping on ordinary Americans. Who’s the fool here? Give me a break!

    Fox’s overseas eavesdropping indiscretions are NOT isolated to overseas, as with its
    counterparts’ snooping indiscretions on Americans; and what’s even SCARIER is
    that the tactics being used to snoop may go far beyond any conventional means
    of violating one’s civil liberties, these entities could actually be invading our
    minds, I mean literally by using brainwave monitoring devices. This would fall in the category of committing crimes against humanity.

    Imagine that — the news media (the pot) calling the government (the kettle) black. Smh…

    Wiki’s definition of Crimes against Humanity:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity

  • John

    It should come to no surprise that the news media and our government have long been in a cat and mouse game of counter-spying.

    Quite frankly the news media is no better a guardian of our civil liberties than the
    government might be, and Fox has served as the poster child in how mainstream
    news media conducts itself in terms of respecting individual privacy.

    So
    if the news media and its partner in crime networks, whether that be
    the AP or more mainstream formats as ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox or NBC wants
    Americans to believe that they are the real gatekeepers of our civil
    liberties then I’d say think again.

    A get out of jail free card
    (news media’s freedom of the press mantra) for too long has put
    Americans in the cross-hairs of rampant and often unethical news
    gathering
    tactics, and so why the U.S. Congress is not holding hearings on the news media’s
    snooping on Americans is above many people’s grasp. If you do a search on
    Google, let’s say “news media snooping,” very little (if anything) comes up on
    the subject matter. What does come up in the search results are topics that makes
    the news media a victim of snooping and/or their quest to preclude big brother
    from snooping on ordinary Americans. Who’s the fool here? Give me a break!

    Fox’s overseas eavesdropping indiscretions are NOT isolated to overseas, as with its
    counterparts’ snooping indiscretions on Americans; and what’s even SCARIER is
    that the tactics being used to snoop may go far beyond any conventional means
    of violating one’s civil liberties, these entities could actually be invading our
    minds,
    I mean literally by using brainwave monitoring devices. This would fall
    in the category of committing crimes against humanity.

    Imagine that — the news media (the pot) calling the government (the kettle) black. Smh…

    Wiki’s definition of Crimes against Humanity:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity

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