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Damn Obama, you scary (2)

May 25, 2013

I don’t spend a lot of time bashing sitting Presidents. Too many people do that at the drop of a hat and in readers’ eyes it just becomes one partisan’s potshots against another’s. That’s the impression I frequently get, at least.

Those who take President Obama to task for not knowing military protocols (or other minor infractions) and the folks who propagated the canard about President Bush and the upside-down book only damage their own side’s arguments in a serious reader’s eyes. Grow up and get a clue, people: avoid the temptation to score a cheap shot.

The better course in most cases is to praise public figures who do the Right Thing rather than to condemn ones who do the Wrong Thing.

But in some cases the errors are too threatening to let pass. When the current administration acts like a gang of Chicago mobsters, we need to raise hell about it.

Here’s the opening of a recent NYT opinion piece that was by James Goodale. Mr Goodale represented The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and he’s a First Amendment lawyer and author of “Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles.”

Only Nixon Harmed a Free Press More

The search warrant filed to investigate the Fox News reporter James Rosen proved as many had suspected: President Obama wants to make it a crime for a reporter to talk to a leaker. It is a further example of how President Obama will surely pass President Richard Nixon as the worst president ever on issues of national security and press freedom.

The government’s subpoena of The Associated Press’s phone records was bad enough. But the disclosure of the search warrant in the Rosen case shows President Obama has delved into territory never before reached by previous presidents.

The Justice Department obtained Rosen’s e-mail by using a search warrant in which it alleged that Rosen was a co-conspirator with a government adviser named Stephen Kim.

This conspiracy, as imagined by the Justice Department, commenced as soon as Rosen started e-mailing or talking with Kim. But reporters have the right to talk to anyone, under the First Amendment. Obama’s theory of conspiracy therefore strikes at the heart of that amendment.

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