sculpture and weeping williow, joshua tree

Philip Jackson, Reading Chaucer.

 Reading Chaucer. Bronze sculpture by Philip Jackson.

lonely joshua tree

lonely joshua tree

Much of the media is creating a narrative. Not that most of the media needs much taunting to pick up a simplistic narrative and run with it, but the media seems all too ready to genuflect to  conservative taunts. They are both creating a framing. They do not believe the American people can or should do that for themselves, The scandals are falling apart

On Tuesday, it looked like we had three possible political scandals brewing. Two days later, with much more evidence available, it doesn’t look like any of them will pan out.

…If new information emerges showing a connection between the (IRS) Determination Unit’s decisions and the Obama campaign, or the Obama administration, it would crack this White House wide open. That would be a genuine scandal. But the IG report says that there’s no evidence of that. And so it’s hard to see where this one goes from here.

… Benghazi: We’re long past the point where it’s obvious what the Benghazi scandal is supposed to be about. The inquiry has moved on from the events in Benghazi proper, tragic as they were, to the talking points about the events in Benghazi.

…AP/Justice Department:. This is the weirdest of the three. There’s no evidence that the DoJ did anything illegal. Most people, in fact, think it was well within its rights to seize the phone records of Associated Press reporters. And if the Obama administration has been overzealous in prosecuting leakers, well, the GOP has been arguing that the White House hasn’t taken national security leaks seriously enough.

The AP escapes are the only thing approaching a real scandal, and then only as a long standing constitutional issue in which the government overreached on an alleged national security issue. And on that scandal conservatives are hypocrites. Some conservative bloggers called the AP, the Associated With Terrorists Agency during the Bush administration because AP did not just parrot Bush talking points. Cons have made hatred of freedom of the press part of their political movement.

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