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Thursday, September 13, 2018

AP stands up to Obama

The press went light on Obama in his two presidential campaigns because we all know he couldn't take a punch. The press held back. No one wanted to be the guy who stopped the First Black President.

But now that Obama is just another ex-president, maybe the press can cover him like it does any ordinary politician (not named Palin or Trump, of course).

The Associated Press fact-checked Obama's statement, “It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don’t like. I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people.”

No. He did worse.

And the Associated Press called him out on this, writing, "In 2013 the Obama administration obtained the records of 20 Associated Press office phone lines and reporters’ home and cell phones, seizing them without notice, as part of an investigation into the disclosure of information about a foiled al-Qaida terrorist plot.

"AP was not the target of the investigation. But it called the seizure a 'massive and unprecedented intrusion' into its news-gathering activities, betraying information about its operations 'that the government has no conceivable right to know.'

"Obama’s Justice Department also secretly dogged Fox News journalist James Rosen, getting his phone records, tracking his arrivals and departures at the State Department through his security-badge use, obtaining a search warrant to see his personal emails and naming him as a possible criminal conspirator in the investigation of a news leak."

I am glad that AP now rises to challenge his misleading statements, pointing out that Obama is wrong about his recovery, "As measured by the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy’s output, the U.S. economy expanded at an average annual rate of 2.2 percent from 2010, after the Great Recession ended, through 2016, Obama’s last year in office. That is the weakest growth of any post-recession recovery since World War II."

And AP took on his bragging about Obamacare, "Obama is cherry-picking survey results, overlooking a recent estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the number of uninsured Americans basically unchanged under Trump. He’s also blaming Republicans for all the problems with health insurance, ignoring the fact that premiums started going up sharply under his watch."

It is nice that the AP is willing to admit now that we did not have eight wonderful years under Obama.

But it would have done a world of difference if it had given Obama the same treatment it gave other politicians not named Palin or Trump -- and it would be nice if they treated Palin and Trump like the rest of the politicians.

Enemies of the people resonates because the press so often acts as an enemy.


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  1. A spitball across the bow of his majesty. If they really wanted to stand up to him they would investigate his collusion to take down Trump. J'mais I'm afraid. They talked about nothing anyone actually cares about except O care and for that they want socialized medicine, hence the "criticism" about insurance rates. You give them too much credit which is, basically, any at all.

  2. "you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people"

    That's because he did worse: he did it quietly, in secret, out of eyesight and earshot of the public. With Trump, you get transparency, usually more than you care to have. You know exactly where Trump stands and what he thinks because he lets it all — and I mean ALL — hang out in his tweets. With Obama the Sneak, it was all done to make sure the public wouldn't see it. Think IRS targeting of conservative organizations, think Loretta Lynch secretly meeting Bill Clinton in an airplane parked discreetly away on a tarmac to discuss the fake investigation of Hillary Clinton. Got the picture?

    1. “That's because he did worse: he did it quietly, in secret, out of eyesight and earshot of the public.”

      Not so much a Stalin as a Beria.

  3. I remember, the one guy he told, "Don't waste your question".

    I guess he expected everything was going to be rationed to the hoi polloi.

  4. Still working the refs I see.

    Try to play a better game.

    Calling 2975 dead Americans in Puerto Rico an "unsung success" isn't playing well. Not enough whataboutism in the world to cover for the Orange One's ineptitude.

    What are the odds he drops the ball again? It won't matter how much Brawny he tosses at the crowd in the photo op when he fumbles the Carolina response--but you can always call it another "unsung success". Maybe it's "unsung" for a reason?

    1. So you are our resident dick head,now stick where the sun does not shine.

    2. So where are the bodies? graves? headstones? We do know where the undelivered food and water is-rotting in the wearhouses yet..

    3. Facts don't matter to this person do they? Know any other dem talking points?

  5. Don ,a Leopard does not change it's spots neither does the AP

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  7. This tweet has been going around;


    Barack Obama is like a seagull.

    He flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits everywhere, then leaves with your sandwich.

  8. "I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people." Did I miss something? Has Trump threatened to shut any news outlets down? I don't think he did, Barry. In fact, he said exactly the opposite when talking about Big Tech's political censorship.

  9. It’s a political maxim that, when a public figure has been consigned to the political graveyard, it behooves him to stay buried.

    The country ought to go with political cremation rather than political burial.

    Even then, I reckon you’d want to keep the lid of Zippy’s urn screwed down tight.

  10. Mr. Surber: You may be glad that AP now rises to challenge Obama's misleading statements... and you may think it is nice that the AP is willing to admit now that we did not have eight wonderful years under Obama. But, why? The AP didn't have to FACT CHECK and The New York Times didn't have to publish it. WHY DID THEY?