"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
It really shows how far this bureaucracy is willing to go to promote a political agenda.
You can bet all the conspiracy theorists are saying "told you so." Yes there is a conspiracy by progressives in power to dictate outcomes while using non-democratic methods to do so.
Administration Officials Routinely Threaten the Press
Finally, this week, reporters are pushing back. Even Jonathan Alter — who frequently appears on the Obama-friendly MSNBC — came forward to say he, too, had been treated horribly by the administration for writing something they didn’t like.
“There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys,” Alter said this week. During the 2008 campaign swing through Berlin, Alter said that future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disinvited him from a dinner between Obama and the press corps over it.
“I was told ‘Don’t come,’ in a fairly abusive e-mail,” he said. “[It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.”
“I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c--t, a--hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.”.....snip~
Just Following Their Leader - Carol Platt Liebau
Chilling effect. That's the term lawyers and judges use to describe the result of government actions that deter people from exercising their right of free speech.
The acting director of the IRS was told about this activity in May 2012, and the chief counsel and deputy secretary of the Treasury Department were informed in June 2012.
Did they pass the information along to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner? Did he tell the president? Did the president ever ask?.....snip~
IRS and AP Scandals Cast a Big Chill on Free Speech - Michael Barone - Page 1
Well, it is chilling. The IRS demanding to know about the contents of citizens' prayers is scary. I am now "primed for outrage," to quote the often-detestable Slate. I wasn't before, but the "overreach" should make everybody afraid for the state of the Republic.
See the IRS questions: The IRS asked a pro-life group to explain its prayers outside Planned Parenthood, which is now a scandal.
if you're still trying to defend this mafioso administration...
well, doesn't it get lonely?
Gibbs: Obama Administration Must Explain AP Investigation To The American People | RealClearPolitics"Right now, we’ve sort of been struck by the fact that nobody’s explained why you needed such a broad subpoena, why so many people’s records were subpoenaed,” former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on "Morning Joe" today. “I know it’s difficult in the middle of an investigation, but I think, quite frankly, it’s something that’s sort of largely owed to the American people."
There are some who believe that all this is the fault of "the right" when the truth is that the Obama Admin is now hoist by its own petard.