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Por lo visto se acabo la luna de miel de la administracion con los medios...

Mensaje por Charlie319 el Miér Mayo 15, 2013 10:11 am

Una de las cosas que mas han frustrado a los conservadores es como los medios se han vendido a la administracion como si Obama les hubiera comido el cerebro. Por lo visto, estos recientes escandalazos, no solo le han roto el embrujo al idolo de ebano, sino que le pueden costar el que se visiten temas ya pasados con la intencion de reevaluar sus posturas en esos asuntos... Vemos como a Eric Holder se le menciona el asuntillo de Fast & Furious...



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/15/jon-stewart-blasts-obama-over-ap-irs-scandals/




<p>Jon Stewart blasts Obama over AP, IRS scandals








By Ben Wolfgang

The Washington Times

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


President Obama is taking heat from all sides, including late-night satirist Jon Stewart.

The longtime “Daily Show” host on Tuesday night tore into the White House and specifically bashed the president for repeatedly claiming he learned of major events at the same time as the American public.

He played video clips of Mr. Obama saying he learned of the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal through news reports. Mr. Stewart then played a similar clip of the president claiming to have learned about the infamous 2009 Air Force One flyover of Manhattan through the media.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney offered the same defense for the revelation that the Department of Justice had seized phone logs from The Associated Press, saying the commander-in-chief had no knowledge of it other than through the press.

I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama learned Osama bin Laden had been killed when he saw himself announcing it on television,” Mr. Stewart deadpanned.

It’s the latest example of usually friendly media figures turning on the president over the growing list of scandals.

On “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning, MSNBC host and vocal Obama supporter Chris Matthews said the IRS’ targeting of political opponents is particularly dangerous because it “undermines the basic trust” in government.

This is really serious business, and it’s not going to be forgotten for decades,” he said.

Y del Fox News:




Benghazi, IRS, AP scandals -- will buck ever stop with Obama?






By Douglas E. Schoen

Published May 14, 2013

FoxNews.com


The first question for White House spokesman Jay Carney at Tuesday's press briefing went right to the heart of the growing crisis facing President Obama:

In the matters of the Benghazi terror attack, the IRS targeting conservative groups, the Justice Department going after AP phone records, “…doesn’t responsibility for setting tone, setting direction ultimately rest with the president?”

That question of “where the buck stops” harkens back to another Democrat who occupied the Oval Office some 60 years ago, “Give ‘em Hell” Harry Truman but the answer is as relevant today.




<BLOCKQUOTE>What we have is an administration that is adrift and leaking more controversy and unanswered questions every day.</BLOCKQUOTE>


Benghazi may not be "Obama's Watergate," as Sen. Lindsay Graham has called it, but what we have is an administration that is adrift and leaking more controversy and unanswered questions every day.

On Libya, a detailed examination of the record shows that the White House has had no consistent message on what happened on September 11. In fact, they changed their message from day to day -- and it's clear that the administration's actions in the days and weeks after the Benghazi tragedy was all political maneuvering.

The White House has been caught not telling the full story, and modifying the narrative for political ends.

But that’s just a piece of the troubling picture emerging from the West Wing.

We have Attorney General Eric Holder -- he who managed to dodge full responsibility for the “Fast & Furious” gun-walking debacle in the president's first term -- revealing Tuesday that he had recused himself from the investigation into Justice Department gathering of phone records from more than “20 separate telephone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.”

The bipartisan response to Monday's disturbing challenge to press freedom was swift. Speaker Boehner's office said Monday, “they better have a damned good explanation.” And Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, acknowledge he’s “very troubled” by the allegations.

Then there is the very serious matter of the IRS singling out conservative Tea Party and Patriot groups, among others, for special scrutiny when they sought to apply for tax-exempt status. The president says he's “outraged” -- but also said Monday that he knows nothing about this news.

But “newly obtained documents” show the current IRS chief knew about the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups as early as May 2012, and other officials in Washington were clued in more than a year before that, as the scandal continued to spread.

Perhaps even more telling is White House spokesman Jay Carney’s acknowledgement to reporters Tuesday that the administration is getting its information on these matters from news reports.

Again, who’s in charge here?

And finally there's what appears, from the public record that has emerged so far, to be the prevarication, without any clear explanation, from the administration on Benghazi:

On November 28th, 2012, Carney stated that the State Department had only changed one word of Susan Rice's talking points -- we now know this not to be the case. We also know that within hours of the attack, the White House, the State Department and the FBI received emails saying that an Islamic group had claimed credit -- even going so far as to identify Ansar al-Sharia as the group.

This epidemic of evasions, and most likely falsehoods, only raises more questions. The White House, the State Department, Hillary Clinton and any additional officials involved have committed a serious breach of trust with regard to the American people, and moreover, their actions are an insult to the American citizens who died in Libya that night, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

What’s next?

Just months into his final four years in office, President Obama is facing a credibility crisis, one that threatens his fundamental abilities to govern.

Congress needs to get to the bottom of not only Benghazi, but these other scandals so that the American people can regain some semblance of trust in a government that is seemingly run amok.

Perhaps it's time for the president to gather his inner circle to lay down the law -- clean house if and when necessary -- and to assure the American people that regardless of where these investigations may lead, ultimately: “The buck stops here.”



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Re: Por lo visto se acabo la luna de miel de la administracion con los medios...

Mensaje por Charlie319 el Miér Mayo 15, 2013 3:30 pm

Mas sobre los escandalos:





May 14, 2013
A.P. Scandal Raises Spectre of Big Brother




If the three-strikes rule were in effect, President Obama would be heading for the dugout, bat in hand. First the alleged Benghazi cover-up, then the kerfuffle about the I.R.S. targeting conservative groups, and now the revelation that earlier this year the Justice Department secretly seized two months of phone records involving editors and reporters at the Associated Press.

Among the many questions that the phone-records story raises are these two very basic ones: What were they thinking? And who, precisely, were they?


In scrubbing the Benghazi talking points of any mention of Al Qaeda-linked terrorists or prior warnings by the C.I.A., the Administration officials involved appear to have been guilty of trying to mislead the press and make their political bosses look better during an election campaign. If that were a capital offense, the Washington guillotine would be falling around the clock. The I.R.S. scandal is potentially more grave, but only if evidence is found linking the decision to investigate Tea Party groups to somebody in the Obama Administration, and if it turns out that the agency actually did something wrong. So far, such evidence is conspicuously lacking. As my colleague Jeffrey Toobin points out in today’s Daily Comment, what we have looks more like due diligence on the part of I.R.S. agents than a White House attempt to bully its opponents into submission.

In moderate and liberal circles, at least, the phone-records scandal, partly because it involves the dear old A.P. and partly because it raises anew the specter of Big Brother, may well present the most serious threat to Obama’s reputation. There’s nothing like an Administration allegedly trampling on the First Amendment to get the great and the good of American journalism all riled up, and the fact that it’s the Obama Administration makes it worse. On the watch of a Richard Nixon or a George W. Bush, such an outrage might be expected. But from the government of a high-minded former lecturer in constitutional law? Surely not.

At which juncture it’s worth pointing out that, as in Benghazi and I.R.S. scandals, no direct link to the President has yet been established. To the contrary: on Monday evening, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, who is already under fire for his statements about Benghazi, insisted that his boss had nothing to do with the decisions to seek a subpoena and not to inform the A.P. until now. “Other than press reports, we have no knowledge of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone records of the A.P.,” Carney said, “We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations.”

That statement points the finger directly at Eric Holder, the Attorney General, who last June assigned Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the D.A. for the district of Columbia, to investigate the leaking of the fact that, a month earlier, the C.I.A. had foiled a Yemen-based plot to bomb an American airliner. The A.P. broke that story, and Machen’s heavy-handed tactics appear to have been aimed at discovering the identity of the wire agency’s sources. At one point, the F.B.I. appears to have suspected somebody in the White House, possibly C.I.A. director John Brennan, who was then President Obama’s senior adviser on counterterrorism. During Brennan’s confirmation hearings earlier this year, he said that F.B.I. agents had questioned him about whether he was the source, which he denied.

Still, it seems highly unlikely that Machen acted entirely alone in seizing the records of at least twenty separate phone lines used by A.P. employees, including some home lines. The Justice Department has established guidelines for how prosecutors can obtain phone records from news organizations, and it’s hard to believe that Machen would have gone to a judge or a grand jury without first informing Holder and seeking his approval, as the guidelines direct. Some reports yesterday openly speculated that the Attorney General had signed off on the subpoena requests.

We will find out about that soon enough. But even if Carney’s firewall holds, and Holder says the responsibility stops with him, larger questions will remain about the Administration’s decision to pursue leakers in such an aggressive manner. After all, this is hardly a one-off case. During Obama’s first term, the government prosecuted no fewer than six officials for leaking unauthorized information, including Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who stands accused of handing vast amounts of classified information to Wikileaks; Thomas Drake, a former N.S.A. official; and John Kiriakou, a former C.I.A. officer. (Those cases are the subjects of pieces by my colleagues Jane Mayer and Steve Coll.) As Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, “We have tried more leak cases—brought more leak cases during the course of this Administration than any other Administration.”

According to a detailed story in the Times last summer, this record didn’t reflect an active policy decision on the part of the White House, or even the Justice Department. “The crackdown has nothing to do with any directive from the president, even though he is now promoting his record as a political asset,” the story, which quoted numerous Administration officials, said. Rather, it resulted from a backlog of cases inherited from the Bush Administration, pressure from Congress to do something about leaks, and a push from the then Director of National Intelligence, Dennis C. Blair.

Even if that version of events is accurate, though, it doesn’t fully absolve Obama of responsibility—and neither does the argument that some of the Republicans who are now criticizing him on libertarian grounds are guilty of gross hypocrisy. Blair worked for the President; Holder still does. If Obama thought that the leaks investigations were getting out of hand, he could have done something about it internally and said something publicly. Instead, as the Times story noted, he exploited the record for political purposes during the election campaign.

When the news broke on Monday afternoon, the President was in New York attending a series of fund-raisers. Having earlier in the day made a pretty good fist of handling questions on Benghazi and the I.R.S., he may well have thought he’d fulfilled his scandal quotient for the day. That’s not how things turned out. And as with the Benghazi and I.R.S. sagas, this story still has a ways to run.
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Mensaje por Chemo el Miér Mayo 15, 2013 3:43 pm

Como Obama ya no se tiene que preocupar por su re eleccion pues el negrito esta sacando los colmillos y hacienda sus cabronadas sin tener que preocuparse ....jajaja
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Miér Mayo 15, 2013 3:46 pm

Bueno, se rumora que los democratas pierden el senado en el 2014. Si esoo ocurre, Puede colgar las tenis desde ahora.
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Re: Por lo visto se acabo la luna de miel de la administracion con los medios...

Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Mayo 16, 2013 12:41 pm

Esto es del Boston Herald. No creo que se pueda decir que hay un periodico conservador en Boston... Definitivamente metio las patas al espiar a la AP... Y eso que no hay indicios que el Congreso se haya dado cuenta que si ellos hablaron algo en secreto con la AP, sus secretos ahora son del DOJ...



Battenfeld: Obama’s attempt at damage control laughable






Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Nice try, Mr. President.

Feigning anger, firing an unknown bureaucrat and fleeing the podium won’t cut it with voters, or stop the hemorrhaging of the scandals that have spawned a Watergate-like feel around the Obama administration.

There was a certain panicky look about the way the president quickly delivered a rare evening White House statement to try to quell the growing outrage over the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups. The move showed how damaging the scandal has become to Obama’s second term and maybe even his presidency.

But Obama took no questions and, more importantly, no responsibility for the ugly episode of the federal government abusing its power for political reasons. This was just political theater designed to distance Obama from something that happened on his watch. Obama sounded a lot angrier scolding Republicans for blocking his gun control bill than he did standing at the podium last night in a belated attempt at damage control.

Even worse, Obama had the gall to warn any critics in Congress to “treat (the IRS) with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.”

In other words, Republicans, don’t use it against him.

The problem for Obama is that what happened in the IRS was all about partisan politics. The IRS was harassing conservative groups opposed to Obama’s re-election, and the big question is why any low-level bureaucrat would be engaged in a concerted effort to hurt Obama’s opponents.

Here are some other questions that Obama ducked last night but needs to answer:

Why doesn’t he appoint an independent counsel to investigate this scandal? How can people in his own administration get to the bottom of something that potentially helped Obama politically?

And what about those new Benghazi emails? Is Obama still sticking by his story that it was the CIA that altered talking points to make it seem as though terrorists weren’t behind the attack?

And speaking of questions, where are Massachusetts’ two new U.S. senators in all this? While a number of Democratic senators and House members have expressed outrage and demanded that heads roll over the IRS abuse, we haven’t heard much of a peep out of first-term U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren or interim U.S. Sen. Mo Cowan.

In fact, Warren reserved her anger yesterday for what was obviously the real outrage — Republicans blocking the appointment of the EPA administrator.

What IRS scandal?
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Mayo 16, 2013 3:35 pm

Esto es lo que todavia esta por verse en el Congreso... Podria terminar siendo verdaderamente vergonzosos para la administracion...



Did Justice Monitor Congress’ Phone Calls With AP?




By David M. Drucker Posted at 11:37 a.m. May 16 goppers-goppers


Some Republicans are concerned that the Justice Department was essentially able to spy on Congress through its seizure of Associated Press phone records.

Expanding on a Wednesday interview with conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Rep. Devin Nunes told me Thursday morning that there is no other explanation in light of the DOJ’s acknowledgment that, as part of its inquiry into national security leaks, it subpoenaed AP phone records from the House press gallery. That’s a prime spot from which reporters frequently initiate and receive telephone calls from members of Congress and their staff.

The California Republican said that the AP phone records scandal that has focused on First Amendment infringement actually runs deeper, and should examine what he is convinced includes an illegal violation of the separation of powers by President Barack Obama’s administration.

As I pointed out to Hugh Hewitt, there’s no question that Justice knows what members of Congress the AP was talking to during the two-month time period,” Nunes told CQ Roll Call.



Nunes serves on the House Intelligence Committee and, as such, said he has some familiarity with the leak the Department of Justice is investigating, a leak he said many committee members are genuinely concerned about. But the congressman disputed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s assertion from Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing that it rose to the level of a national security threat that required Justice to seize the AP phone records in question.

Nunes also questioned why only the House press gallery AP phone records were subpoenaed, and not those from the Senate press gallery, the White House press room or other press galleries. The Californian’s insinuation, although he did not explicitly say this, is that it’s possible the DOJ was interested in figuring out which House Republicans and GOP staffers AP reporters were talking to, and what they were saying.

Holder, Nunes said, “obviously didn’t see [the movie] “Zero Dark Thirty” that his administration signed off on, and leaked all kinds of things, to Hollywood.” He added, of the leak that prompted the seizure of AP phone records, “My assumption is this leak came from the White House; they ought to be spying on themselves.”

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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Mayo 23, 2013 12:50 pm

Esto se va a poner bueno... El reportero criminal. Sera por eso que escogieron a Faux News y no al New York Times?




Fox News reporter secretly monitored by Obama administration: Court Documents


(CBS News) Court documents released this week show the Obama administration secretly monitored a Washington journalist. In seeking a search warrant, the FBI called Fox News' James Rosen a "criminal co-conspirator," even though he isn't charged with any crime.


These revelations have set off a firestorm of criticism from the left and right, CBS News' Jan Crawford reports. For the first time ever, a presidential administration is treating news reporting like a crime, and a reporter like a criminal suspect.


Rosen vowed on Wednesday night to protect his source for a scoop he got back in 2009, reporting then that North Korea would respond to sanctions with more nuclear tests.


But the information was classified, and the FBI launched an investigation to uncover Rosen's source that quickly focused on Rosen himself.


The level of government surveillance of a reporter was unprecedented. Agents monitored Rosen's movements in and out of the State Department. They searched his personal emails and combed through his cell phone records.


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has deflected questions on the case. CBS News' Major Garrett asked Carney on May 20, "The subpoena says James Rosen is a potential criminal because he's a reporter. Is the White House comfortable with that standard never before seen in a leak investigation?"


Carney said, "It's part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Major, and I simply can't comment on it."


But the investigation into Rosen has sparked a rare thing in Washington: bipartisan outrage over what some are calling "Obama's war on journalism."


Just last week, the Justice Department came under fire for seizing two months of phone records from the Associated Press -- action the president defended on national security grounds. President Obama said at a press conference last week, "I don't think the American people would expect me as commander-in-chief not to be concerned about information that might compromise their missions or might get them killed."


Critics say the administration has gone too far and that the Rosen investigation is more an effort to control information that's available to the public.


Michael Mukasey, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush, told CBS News recently, referring to Rosen, "You couldn't claim with a straight face that disclosing whatever he disclosed in that story threatened the national security of the United States."


He continued, "Something like this which intimidates both the reporter involved who has been designated a defendant or potential defendant and anybody who would talk to him, makes it a whole lot easier in the future for the government to control the narrative."


Crawford added on "CBS This Morning," "Now, of course, media critics (including) the American Civil Liberties Union say no presidential administration -- not even the Nixon administration -- went after reporters with search warrants and secret surveillance, and journalists I'm talking to in Washington ... are saying they are seeing the impact of this, that their sources and whistleblowers -- those people who can be so important in bringing out information to the public that the government may obviously want to keep secret -- that they're afraid to talk, that they're staying silent. And that, they say, could be the real impact of this. If the administration kind of intimidates people into not coming forward, people stay silent and the administration gets to control the information and the story."
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