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  •  So, because the Republicans do it, (0+ / 0-)

    that means we should too?  Massive fail.

    As for the broadening of Executive power, you fail to acknowledge the fact that more than 100 reporters and editors were targeted.  That is a HUGE net they cast.  They would have been investigating even the "sewing and notions" reporter at that point - the kinds of reporters who would never cover national security.

    It is completely fair to believe that the Administration went out of bounds by investigating 100 reporters and editors unless you are willing to argue and prove that the AP has some sort of labyrinthian reporting structure where a CIA operative who wants to tell an important intelligence story to the AP has to speak to the home and garden reporter who in turn passes the story along to the entertainment reporter and who then passes it onto a gardening reporter - well no reason to go on - hopefully you get the idea.

    And stop being so defensive.  If this is the absolute worst thing that happens during this Administration, then Obama is doing better than most of his predecessors.  Way better than Bush most especially if this episode actually provokes positive change to how we are handling the balance between the First Amendment and national security.  If it is not swept under the rug and if it is dealt with productively, it might actually do the country some good - and even make the President look good in the end.

    •  you are mistating my argument (3+ / 0-)
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      1. I don't think DOJ did anything wrong.

      2.  i don't think that GOP attempts to intimidate the press are even comparable to what DOJ did here.

      3.  The number of people using office phones at AP offices does not distress me.

      4.I have no idea what DOJ did with that data or what safeguards were in place, and you don't either.

      5.There are plenty of Executive and even DOJ actions under the Obama presidency that bother me a lot more than this fake scandal. The failure to come to grips with the situation in Guantanamo - even though this is a situation mostly caused by the Congress - is shameful. The failure to prosecute Leura Canary! The vindictive protection of the FBI against people damaged by Whitey Bulger-gate. And so on - all those offend me morally. Please do not confuse my unimpressed state with infringement of the right of corporate media to help right wing bureaucrats sabotage the government with unwillingness to object to government malfeasance. Thanks.

      self-appointed intellectual cop

      by citizen k on Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:58:51 AM PDT

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