Media Matters: Obama Administration Mouthpiece

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The Obama administration apparently has yet another burgeoning scandal to add to its already long list. Emails obtained by the Daily Caller reveal that there has been regular collaboration between Department of Justice staff and the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America. Dozens of communications that the Caller obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demonstrate that DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler was coordinating efforts with Media Matters to attack reporters who covered various DOJ scandals. “We received a massive amount of these communiques that indicate direct coordination between the Obama Justice Department…and Media Matters to subvert news stories,” Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson said Tuesday. “This proves coordination.”

The first attempt at such subversion concerns the New Black Panther voter intimidation case that was dropped by the DOJ, a move subsequently revealed as blatantly political. So much so that a judge awarded attorney fees to Judicial Watch because the DOJ had stonewalled the release of documents demonstrating that political appointees within the Department squelched the case, and that Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez lied under oath when he denied it during a hearing conducted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The dropping of that case led former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams to tender his resignation in protest of the DOJ’s “racially motivated” reasons for doing so. The DOJ was also heavily criticized by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former Federal Election Commission commissioner, who also concluded that the “fix was in at the Justice Department in its internal investigation of the New Black Panther Party case.”

Emails sent in September and November 2010 show Schmaler working with Media Matters staffer Jeremy Holden, who obliged Schmaler with an article published Sept. 20, 2010 criticizing both men for what he called an attempt “to reignite the phony New Black Panther Party scandal.” Prior to his posting of that article, Holden received several emails from Schmaler detailing ways to attack the men. Holden reiterated his attack against Adams in a subsequent article November 18, 2010. Former DOJ attorney Christopher Coates, who, like Adams, testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that the dismissal of the Black Panther case was racially motivated, was also attacked by Holden. In response, Schmaler sent Holden an email titled “Great piece…”

The next scandal that needed squelching was the Fast and Furious gun-walking fiasco. The DOJ allowed guns to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members, and Border Agent Brian Terry was killed as a direct result of that malfeasance. The subsequent investigation into who knew what and when remains ongoing, due to the DOJ’s refusal to hand over documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The standoff burgeoned into a full-blown confrontation, when President Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent the documents from being released, and Attorney General Eric Holder was subsequently held in contempt of Congress.

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  • sononthe_beach

    Time and again the DOJ under Holder is found to be withholding evidence and pursuing a political agenda at the cost of justice. He uses the laws like they were putty to be molded as he sees it. Any other Attorney General who had practiced such blatant acts of deceit and deception would have been booted out of office by now. He exists in place only because he is black.

    • dmw

      RE: "He exists in place only because he is black." Disagree with "only". At a local town hall meeting with our Congressman a few weeks ago, he clearly stated that actions on a number of impeachable offenses are being ignored because of the make-up of the U.S. Senate. Consequently, they will do no action (i.e. not waste their time and create an issue that can damage any political capital they may have have) on anything that will ultimately go nowhere.

      • Roger

        This is where I become angry with the house. Impeach them!

        The Senate will have no excuse and we can go after them next. But for them to blame the senate for them not being one of the checks and balances at the time we need those checks the most?


  • Schlomotion

    I wonder which historical precedent Mr. Ahlert is drawing upon when he hopes to knock a seated President out of the race with petty scandal. The Clinton-Lewinsky thing was quite a media storm and even led to the President's impeachment. It also killed the impeachment process as it didn't amount to beans. As I read this article, I don't see how these "scandalous" findings will affect the election.

    • Roger

      Was Nixon a petty scandal?

    • jmz

      did you smoke some household cleaner? hows is gun walking where a border agent and hundreds of mecicans are dead, a voter intimidation, along with the tons of other bs this administration petty or comparable with getting a bj from an intern? I guess libs like you are so used to being lied too and lying and failing at it you dont trust anyone who tells the ruth. also Clinton was not impeached because of the BJ. He was impeached because he perjured himself which is a crime. I know you libs have to problem being lied to. but we hold our politicians to a higher standard. Its laughable that you are so ignorant and yet so smug. enjoy being a slave a little while longer R&R2012

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Ever since he was confirmed as attorney general, Eric Holder has had his own agenda, it is supported by the Obama administration.

    On Jul 2, 2012 … The House voted overwhelmingly to hold Eric Hold Himself ….
    ……in contempt of Congress for with-holding documents on the Fast and Furious scandal…….

    Holder is also taking away states' sovereignty through various lawsuits.
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  • Omar

    Media Matters doesn't care about monitoring "misinformation". Media Matters only cares about destroying the conservative and democracy movements in order to install its version of "democracy" and misinformation" which is left-wing dominance of everything in this country. Media Matters just likes to smear everyone who doesn't agree with the agenda of the so-called "media watchdog" organization. The American people need to defeat Media Matters and its extreme agenda.

  • BLJ

    Eric Holder and the Obama Adminstration's MSM toadies can go jump in a lake. Holder is a piece of human feces and the airheads in the MSM are too stupid (in most cases) to understand that in Obamaland there is no such thing as a free press.

    If by some god forsaken reason this tool gets re-elected I am going to proudly serve the opposition to stand up to his evil rule. It really is the patriotic thing to do.

  • clarespark

    We need to pay more attention to the education establshment, which is preaching the socially responsible message of Obama and company. Harvard trains the good balanced leaders, while their antitype is obviously the un-empathetic Republican. I wrote about their latest propaganda blast here: "Bullies." Just in time for the presidential election. Media Matters follows this line exactly.

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't know,Schlomotion. All of this stuff,combined with what's been going on in the Muslim world should give most Americans pause over should President Obama should be leading this country.

  • Ageofreason

    Information such as that posted in this article frighten me beyond words to describe. Free countries like mine, Canada, rely on the integrity of the people in office in the United States. If they lack integrity, we cannot rely upon them to be stalwart allies. I am at the point of urging our prime minister not to trust the United States in any matter as long as Mr. Obama is president. He is clearly integrity-challenged. I wonder what horrors are in store for Americans if he gains the presidency for another four years. If he does, it will have a devastating effect upon all of the free world. I must add that Congress itself controls spending, and not the President, something pointed out by one of the Frontpagemag writers. A little integrity by congressmen would also seem to be in order.

  • pyeatte

    Since the DOJ is collaborating with Media Matters, we must assume they collaborate with Foxnews. If not, why?