When Mitt Romney was taped at a fundraiser, more than once as a matter of fact, the media celebrated the act. But when Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin taped John Kerry at the Trilateral Commission describing Israel as a future Apartheid state, he was subjected to a stream of nasty and dishonest attacks by Politico’s Dylan Byers.
It’s a given that Dylan Byers would not be headlining stories on Rogin as a “Repeat Offender” or describing his response as “blustery” and “self-righteous” if Rogin had taped a Republican saying something stupid and off-putting.
Byers’ attack on Rogin is notable for its own self-righteous bluster and its complete lack of substance.
“Rogin actually didn’t do anything wrong in taping the event. Because he was not invited, he was not bound by the off-the-record agreement made by other guests. But given that he didn’t do anything wrong, you have to wonder why it took him so long to come clean on his sourcing,” Byers writes.
So Dylan Byers can’t actually accuse Josh Rogin of doing anything wrong. Instead he’s complaining that Rogin didn’t immediately announce that he had casually breezed into the Trilateral Commission’s conference.
“If Rogin didn’t see any ethical problem with recording the remarks, why did it take him so long to acknowledge it?” Byers asks.
Byers might be asked why he’s pursuing a campaign against Rogin for which he, by his own admission, has absolutely no basis.
Dylan Byers has been reduced to embarrassing his Politico colleagues by attacking Rogin… for a delay in announcing how Kerry was taped. Not for any actual ethical violations.
Byers is insinuating that Rogin did something wrong… even while admitting that he didn’t. It’s a pathetic performance, even by his notoriously slimy standards.
The problem here isn’t that Josh Rogin taped a politician saying something bad. It’s that he taped the wrong politician.
And it might be time to admit that.
Mainstream media liberals are fond of using taped statements to destroy people without being too concerned about where the tape came from. Sometimes, as in the case of Newt Gingrich, they resorted to running illegally wiretapped conversations. In those cases, the recordee is treated as a villain with no regard for ethics or privacy.
But when the recordee is a liberal in good standing, then suddenly the recording is a crime and the content doesn’t matter.