Bernstein Joins Woodward in Turning on Obama

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Team Watergate is coming together again. I’m guessing the left’s response will be that Bernstein is also an overrated hack who is just trolling for attention. That worked to shut Woodward up, didn’t it?

Except outrage over seizing AP phone records might be enough of a liberal cause that Bernstein can get away with it. And that allows Bernstein to reference Obama Inc’s terrible transparency and media record.

Investigative reporter Carl Bernstein on Tuesday called the scandal involving the Department of Justice securing telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors a “nuclear event.”

“This is outrageous,” Bernstein said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It is totally inexcusable. This administration has been terrible on this subject from the beginning.

“The object of it is to intimidate people who talk to reporters,” he said. “This was an accident waiting to become a nuclear event, and now it’s happened.”

“The numerical thing doesn’t matter,” said Bernstein, a former Washington Post reporter who, along with Bob Woodward, broke the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. “What matters is, this is a matter of policy. It is known to the president of the United States that this is the policy. To say that there was no knowledge, in quotes, specifically about this in the White House is nonsense.”

“This is a policy matter, and this does go to the president and the people around him,” he said. “The idea is to try and make an example of those people who talk to reporters, especially on national security matters. National security is always the false claim of administrations trying to hide things that people ought to know.”

Considering that Holder had to approve the seizure, we are looking at a cabinet level decision here. The question is what was so urgent that Obama Inc. decided to take on the country’s biggest wire service and rile the media?

Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., revealed in a letter to the AP on Friday that federal prosecutors obtained the records. The letter did not give a reason for obtaining the records, but Machen is conducting an investigation into the leak of classified information about a foiled terror plot in Yemen last year. An AP story last spring reported details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al Qaeda plot to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

This is not an admin that cares all that much about operational integrity. There were major leaks after the Bin Laden takedown that got members of SEAL Team Six killed. If Holder decided to go all in on the AP, it had to be political. A way of sending a message to the media to keep it in line.

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren told POLITICO in an email that the DOJ’s seizure “sounds like a dragnet to intimidate the media,” not a criminal investigation.

“What is stunning is the breadth of the seizure!” Van Susteren said. “If you read the AP President’s letter to DOJ, and if his letter is accurate, the seizure was very broad: 2 months of telephone records involving many who work at AP! 20 phone lines, home and cell? NY, DC, Connecticut employees? That doesn’t sound like a criminal investigation, that sounds like a dragnet to intimidate the media. ”

  • onecornpone

    Weren't these two probably on the Clinton team? Freeing themselves from attachment to the increasingly frightful regime's tyrannical tactics will perhaps salvage them some credibility. As Leftys, they know the last two years Clown Prince Alinsky's reign are liable to be very, very ugly.

    Is this the Dem Party splitting?

  • BLJ

    I think the hubris of Comrade Obama may be coming back to bite him. This creature is pure evil and needs to be stopped. He keeps forgetting this is still the USA not the USSR.

    • sandykramer

      If this were Russia, I'd have Obama playing Trotsky.

  • Jim

    Yes but a day late and a dollar short

  • And So It Goes…

    I hear that ALL second terms are a disaster. I don't think it will be long before Obama wishes he didn't "win" the election. As for the media, there will be major conflicts among media outlets and this may send the stock market into a tail spin.

  • tpandk

    Quite frankly, I think his first term was a bigger disaster!

    • http://1389blog.com 1389AD

      With Obamacare, Arab Spring, and the huge increase in national debt, it'll be hard to top that. But they're all in there trying.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Actually, this could have started as a legitimate investigation, although Obama and Holder have never been that concerned about leaks before. The broad nature of the search certainly invites criticism, and none of us should weep for Obama if this, perhaps the least of his many scandals in objective terms, is the one that finally wakes the mainstream media up from their torpor.

  • will

    Bernstein, just shut up and do whatever Obama tells you to do. Don't pretend that you are interested in the integrity of the press. You are so transparent.

  • Joanne

    Yemen al qaeda terrorist plot in 2011? When was the killing of Bin Laden? If this 'so called' plot was after the killing then the White House has been lying for a very long time when Obama and his administration kept telling us that Al Qaeda was destroyed. Govt seems to have no problem using the one excuse of 'national security' for everything they do which is ultimately illegal. Frankly I believe there is more to be seen about the AP wire tapping and nothing to do with 'national security' more like keeping Obama in office indefinitely.

  • Penny Haulman

    That they should live so long!

  • Herb Benty

    All I know for sure is that if my hero, Mr. GW Bush would have done even a fraction of the malfeasance that Obama is doing, the cry for impeachment would have been deafening. Beyond being stupid, the left is very EVIL. Outlawing all mention of God, abortion as birth control, urging youthful sex and baby slaughter, decadence as entertainment and on and on. Pitiful.

    • Israel Koti

      George Bush and his father DID do more "malfeasance" than Obama. The son was totally responsible with Cheney for the 911 events and the chocking laws of the Patriot Act. The father was involved in JFK's assassination, later while in the CIA and when he was VP, he was involved in the Iran Contra illegal sales of drugs and guns. The drugs made their way to the US, and a Gov. Bill Clinton and his brother Roger, were often the recipients of this loot. The drugs were sold to black neighborhoods and the cash…well, it disappeared. I think when you compare these people, you need to do much research on their respective corruptions which all lead all the way up to Obama.

      I can't believe people talk about Bush as if he is the lost messiah which everyone wants back….give me a break!! Do some research on New World Order, run by groups called the Illuminati and UN. They have many laws such as Agenda 21 and the new Gun Control Act which is designed to disarm the public and begin a forced global government unimpeded by people fighting for their Constitutional rights.

      Do take time to research before you make these touchy feely remarks about past crooks who need to be prosecuted rather than admired.

      • AnOrdinaryMan

        "The son was totally responsible with Cheney for the 911 events…." Its abundantly clear that the drugs made their way into your head. You need to check into the nearest asylum, and take your meds.

      • Guest

        What is your Democratic Underground user name?

  • Nick Gherz

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Alas, the regime gone wild will be eaten by its fawning young, or not so young! And when a bridge too far has been crossed, no one should be surprised when all bets are off.
    At the end of this year there will be so many up for trial they will have to build more courthouses. Really. But it can't come soon enough because I have been beating this drum FAR too long – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/15/regime-gone-w

    Let the games begin…
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Anamah

    Maybe even for this growing malignancy we have reach the limit of what even leftist want to accept.
    Enough is enough for our dear president and his gang…They have reached the line! Stop there! do not do more harm…

  • http://www.pushingforpeace.org marilyn

    This is all justified by the hysteria over terrorism, as was set up under Bush. We saw this one coming and now it’s here.

  • CurmudgyOneJr

    The "media" is more culpable in this than Obama. Why should we expect a leopard to change its stripes? Obama was and is a liar, deceiver, narcisist, self-aggrandizing and self-centered individual. Not only that, but he is a lousy human being — he and his family taking advantage of a kingly (and queenly) lifestyle, while holding his nose in the air and flaring his nostrils. Anybody who likes this guy is a blinded fool.

    That the "media" aided and abetted him in his corruption of the most revered and powerful office in the finest country in the world, have made his "Dreams From His Whoever is His Father" come true. When they help him cheat his way into a third term as President, and declare the country his own monarchy, maybe they'll wake up … but it will be too late. If this was a novel, nobody would buy it because they wouldn't be able to suspend their disbelief to that extent.