All the president's men

Is odor of White House scandals spreading to all media?

If it weren’t so serious, it would be comical to watch the media try to spin the Obama administration scandals the president’s way.

When White House spokesman Jay Carney continued Friday to cling desperately to the fairy tale that the administration had not substantively altered the CIA talking points on the Benghazi attack – ABC News has released evidence that the talking points were revised 12 times to hide the truth of the attack – some in the media wanted to downplay Carney’s fable.

“Jay Carney has got caught saying something that wasn’t completely true,” liberal commentator David Corn meekly admitted on one talking heads show.

“That’s called a lie, David,” responded Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute.

Even Watergate legend Carl Bernstein quickly came to Obama’s defense after the IRS admitted targeting conservative groups, saying he “can’t imagine” the outrageous and frightening tactic could’ve had the president’s blessing.

Really Carl? It seems to us if that had been your attitude in the 1970s, that you would’ve never broken the Watergate scandal.

Meanwhile, conservative information outlets are reporting that some high-placed news media types are either married to or otherwise related to key officials in the Obama administration. Carney, for instance, is married to ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman. CNN executive Virginia Moseley is married to one of President Obama’s deputy secretaries of state, Tom Nides.

They’re also reporting that high executives at ABC and NBC have siblings working in key portions of the Obama administration.

Beyond that, we’re all aware by now of the love affair much of the media have had with this president. They’ve even admitted they gave him favorable coverage – and the favoritism was so obvious so early on that Saturday Night Live performed a skit in which reporters offered him a pillow to be comfortable in a 2008 primary debate with Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Obama also has benefited indirectly from the manic, unfocused attention of most media outlets, who run from sensational local story to sensational local story (e.g., Jodi Arias, the Cleveland kidnapping). Now that the victims in the Cleveland case have asked for privacy, will the media leave a place where they’re not wanted – and finally go to a place (the Benghazi and IRS scandals) where they’re actually needed?

For now it appears inevitable. The whistleblowers in the Benghazi scandal, and the IRS admission of targeting conservative groups, appear to have put two scandals on silver platters for the media.

You would think it would be impossible for them to deny the scandals now, although – as noted above – many in the media will reflexively continue to downplay the scandals or pre-judge how high up they go. And they appear to not want to acknowledge, perhaps even to themselves, the extent of lying coming from this administration.

The IRS scandal even broadened over the weekend: The Associated Press reports that senior IRS officials had long known that agents were targeting conservative nonprofits for extra scrutiny.

Certainly “mainstream” media outlets aren’t naturally inclined to care much about the IRS scandal; the agency was going after conservatives, after all. But here we have another “Nixonian” scandal, as with the Benghazi coverup.

Some also allege the Benghazi lies are covering up an Obama administration gun-running operation that would be illegal – can you say Iran-Contra? – and at the very least highly hypocritical for an administration intent on gun control here at home.

It will be interesting to see how much interest the media take in all this.

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