Why does Eric Holder still have a job?

As Ryan Lizza just said on CNN, the Obama Administration “crossed a line that had never before been crossed” — not even by Richard Nixon — in identifying Fox News reporter James Rosen as a criminal co-conspirator during its investigation of leaks.

Journalists should not be prosecuted for doing their job, Obama said this week, yet his attorney general did just that.

 “I have raised these issues with the attorney general, who shares my concern. So he has agreed to review existing Department of Justice guidelines governing investigations that involve reporters, and will convene a group of media organizations to hear their concerns as part of that review. And I have directed the attorney general to report back to me by July 12th.”

Imagine Nixon asking John Ehrlichman to review Watergate.

I doubt Holder will suggest he be fired. But Obama loses credibility each day his attorney general remains in office. The public may not care, but the media shouldn’t stop hammering away at the administration until Holder is fired or, in Washington parlance, resigns to spend more time with his family.


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It’s Obama’s fault I stubbed my toe

Rush Limbaugh blames the struggles of Oprah’s TV network on her “association with Obama” (and throws in some trademark race-baiting).

“Then Oprah basically throws away her career by endorsing Obama. That’s when her likability number (the Q number, favorable number) started plummeting, along with her ratings. Because it was at that point that Oprah’s audience began to ask themselves – maybe suspect – ‘You know, maybe race matters to her more than all this other stuff that she talks about.’”

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About that alleged non-vetting of Obama …

I’ll concede much of the press was pulling for Obama in 2008. But to contend, as many conservatives do, that the president received a free pass from the media doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

In April 2007, nearly a year before he became a campaign issue, the Times published a 2,593 word Jodi Kantor story (with addtional reporting from Kenya!) about Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his relationship to Barack Obama. The story appeared on A1. On May 11, 2008, when Obama had largely locked up the nomination but still had to fend off Hillary Clinton in tough states, the Times published a 5,024 word story titled “Pragmatic Politics, Forged on the South Side,” which delved into Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorhn — “Hyde Park’s fringes,” and “unrepentant members of the radical Weather Underground that bombed the United States Capitol and the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War.” This also appeared on A1.


Obama’s silence on death of George ‘Goober’ Lindsey speaks volumes

Some conservatives will go to great lengths to recycle ridiculous conspiracies, such as the one that claims Obama hates honkies. While its good to see a conservative with decent taste in music, The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl’s suggestion that racism is behind the lack of a public statement from the president on the death of MCA is beyond absurd.

Now, half-white Barack Obama (exactly my age) didn’t say a word, even though he was talking to college kids that day, but make no mistake, MCA was no Jay-Z or Kanye West. This guy was the real deal, groundbreaker, up from his bootstraps, Brooklyn boy made good. Funny the “coolest president ever” doesn’t say a word about the passing of MCA. Weird and kinda sad, actually.

I didn’t know Jay-Z grew up next door to the Romneys.

The president took time from his busy schedule to comment on the passing of black musicians. When Whitney Houston, a longtime crack addict, died this year, the White House put out a statement. “I know that [Mr. Obama‘s] thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “It’s a tragedy to lose somebody so talented at such a young age.”

And when accused pedophile and drug addict Michael Jackson died in 2009, the White House weighed in with the president’s thoughts. “He said to me that obviously, Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer, a music icon,” spokesman Robert Gibbs said. “And his condolences went out to the Jackson family and to fans that mourned his loss.”

Curl conveniently neglects to mention that my mother and yours know who Houston and Jackson are. They’ve probably never heard of Adam Yauch. Obama, like all presidents, was responding to a media-driven communal mourning, not editorializing on whose life was more valuable.

Besides, MJ is white.

Of course, if Obama had noted the passing of Yauch, conservatives would have criticized him for lauding a left-wing activist.