TheDC Morning: Holder’s been smoldering about the Daily Caller
1.) Holder’s been smoldering about the Daily Caller — Speaking Truth to Power is good, as long as the power is in the hands of a Republican. Otherwise, knock it off. That’s what TheDC’s Neil Munro and Matthew Boyle learned yesterday:
“Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program. As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation. Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, ‘You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.'”
Which he said while literally finger-pointing. Well, if anybody knows about shoveling stuff that’s organic, it’s Eric Holder.
It’s not fair to hold public officials accountable for their actions, or lack of actions, even though they’re Democrats. It hurts their feelings and you should be ashamed of yourself. Holder didn’t say, “Why can’t you guys be more like MSNBC?”, but it was implied.
Hey, if he wants to give us credit for nudging him toward the door… Thanks!
2.) Oh, and Holder says you shoulder the blame for F&F too — In other news about Holder’s blame-shifting, Neil Munro reports:
“Attorney General Eric Holder scolded The Daily Caller’s reporting on the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal shortly after government officials and reporters heard him admonish Americans for funding gun-runners. Holder appeared Tuesday at a White House event to showcase a new media campaign that is intended to stigmatize the selling and buying of knock-off videos and counterfeit fashion products. Holder recorded one critical radio ad, which is titled ‘You can help.’ The clip was played to the audience in the White House auditorium. ‘This is Attorney General Eric Holder. We are working hard to protect our communities by reducing gang violence and organized crime, and there is an important and simple way that you can help. Some street gangs and organized crime groups are selling counterfeit products, such as fake watches, DVDs, and purses, as an easy way to make money. And they use that money to fund other crimes, like trafficking in drugs and guns. When you buy knock-offs on the street or online, although it may not be obvious, you could be supporting gangs, putting money in their pockets and helping them to engage in other illegal activities that put our communities at risk.'”
So you see, it’s everybody’s problem except Eric Holder’s. You guys are behind it. You need to stop this. You.
3.) Left covers for Wright — Speaking of stuff that the Dems really don’t want us to speak of, TheDC’s Will Rahn and Alex Pappas report:
“In an effort to preempt what could be a damaging political issue for President Obama’s re-election campaign, Democrats are warning Republicans against reviving his relationship with controversial ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright. And in one case, a Democratic operative is getting ahead of any discussion of Wright by implying that raising the issue amounts to playing the race card. Ted Devine, a Democratic operative who worked for Al Gore and John Kerry, recently accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign of using a images of a black church in an ad ‘to bring back Rev. Wright and race.’ ‘As someone who does this for a living, there is absolutely no way that’s not intentional,’ Devine told The Hill about the video, which doesn’t include any mention of Wright but does feature two brief cutaway shots to an all-black audience. ‘There is no other rational explanation for that scene other than to suggest a racial reference, and most likely invoke Jeremiah Wright.'”
Do you know of any criticism of Obama that isn’t racist? Seriously. If you can think of one, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Libs love to talk about “dog whistles,” which is funny because they’re the only ones you seem to hear ’em. Maybe they’re so tense all the time because they need to go for walkies.
4.) Rachel and Barry sittin’ in a tree, C-O-N-C-E-A-L-I-N-G — Well well well, guess who’s BFF’s with Obama? TheDC’s Jordan Bloom reports:
“Recently released White House visitor logs reveal that President Obama hosted MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and six friends for a visit in August 2011… While the Obama administration touts the the visitor logs’ release as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency, the disclosure comes on the heels of a legal battle in which the White House claimed the records were not subject to the Freedom of Information Act… The Maddow entry was flagged by conservative blogger Michelle Malkin; it describes an August 4, 2011 visit that included the MSNBC host and six others. President Obama was listed as the ‘visitee.’ The afternoon visit lasted nearly three hours and was Ms. Maddow’s fifth to the White House — her fourth with President Obama personally. Maddow did not mention the trip to the White House during her August 5 show.”
That’s weird. Wonder why not? Incidentally, Aug. 4 is Obama’s birthday. Maybe Maddow popped out of the cake?
5.) Labash gets fishy — One of Maddow’s favorite people ever is Matt Labash, and he’s back this week with another column where people ask him things and he uses it as an excuse to talk about whatever he feels like. Here he is answering a question about how the older generation has killed all the fish:
“It is a biblical injunction to respect our elders. And I do, in fact, rather like old people, even harboring ambitions to become one myself in due course, as it beats the hell out of the alternative. I therefore will gladly listen, with deferential indulgence, to the elderly complain about any number of subjects, up to and including: hip injuries, the rising cost of prescription meds, the kids and their hip hop, and the abomination of the invaluable Spotify music service only allowing people to sign up through diabolically evil Facebook accounts (forgive me — that last complaint was mine, since I am an old soul, and am thus in training to become a whiner in my senescence). That said, as per your suggestion, let’s put the blame for depleted fisheries where blame is due: on gramps. For if there’s one complaint I won’t suffer through in silence, it is when older fishermen gripe that we just don’t put up the same kind of numbers like we did in the good ‘ol days.”
And then there’s a bunch more stuff about fishing. Once he gets started, y’know?
6.) Today’s list of things Alec Baldwin hates, according to his Twitter feed — “I’m going to change my profile to ‘Conservative, Christian, gun owner, mom.'”
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