Don’t Mess with the Press

by James Maynard May 30th, 2013 | Winners & Losers
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historic historyPresident Obama had another tough week, as he continued to get hammered by conservative groups over a series of issues from the attacks in Benghazi to the way that conservative groups were treated by the IRS.

Barack Obama – Loser – Once again, the president has been found to be tracking reporters’ actions, in this case, one from Fox News. The White House apparently believed that  James Rosen had come into possession of sensitive information from a defense analyst concerning North Korea. They then began monitoring the reporter, including searching through his e-mails and cell phone records. This is on the tail of recent similar accusations involving reporters from the Associated Press.

In a difficult one-two punch for the president, news also surfaced last week that four Americans, so far, have been killed by drone strikes under his watch.

Eric Holder – Loser – It’s looking like the Attorney General may be responsible for the decision to investigate James Rosen. “A justice official” told CNN that the order to obtain a search warrant to investigate Rosen “was vetted at the department’s highest levels, including Holder,” according to the report.

Ted Cruz – Winner – The Republican senator from Texas has been invited to speak at Cornerstone Action’s annual fundraising dinner, held in Manchester, New Hampshire this fall. This gives Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, a large audience for his message in an early-primary state. He has already appeared in South Carolina.

Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey – The Democratic and Republican candidates, respectively, to replace John Kerry in the Senate are caught in a campaign as pure as, well, pond scum. Markey characterized his Democratic challenger as “pond scum” in a recent ad, and displayed a picture of Gomez side-by-side with an image of Osama bin Laden. As the picture aired, the ad criticized Gomez for working with a group that criticized the president after the death of the terrorist leader.

Obama’s series of scandals may be the most difficult his administration has faced so far. His performance with the press since he first came onto the political scene has, so far, proved stellar. Still, messing with the press when you are a politician is never a good idea.

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