52 Media Orgs Sign Letter of Complaint to Eric Holder

The journalist group Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has penned a letter of complaint to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after revelations that the Department of Justice obtained the phone records of some 100 reporters from the Associated Press.

The letter informs Holder that the group was “stunned” to learn of the DOJ’s actions against the Associated Press and notes that none of them could “remember an instance where such an overreaching dragnet for news gathering materials was deployed by the Department.”

“The scope of this action calls into question the very integrity of Department of Justice policies toward the press and its ability to balance, on its own, its police powers against the First Amendment rights of the news media and the public’s interest in reporting on all manner of government conduct, including matters touching on national security which lie at the heart of this case,” the letter states.

The letter continues to outline the legal implications, processes, and the law governing the DOJ’s requests for such records and ends by demanding that the Dept. of Justice “immediately return the telephone toll records obtained and destroy all copies” it holds.

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Pathetic Lying POS Liberal Garbage, NPR: Hitler’s Birthday Is Big on the Right

‘Mature, Confident’ NPR Still Angry At Their ‘Pussies’ In Charge

While Mitt Romney has declared that he would support defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, it seems strange that NPR’s program On The Media would devote its whole hour last weekend to rehashing a 2011 show exploring whether NPR has a liberal bias. (This is a bit like Julia Child having a show asking if escargot is correctly classified as French cuisine.)

Co-host Brooke Gladstone was still agreeing with Jon Stewart that NPR’s board was a “bunch of pussies” for firing people like NPR president Vivian Schiller (who trashed Juan Williams as mentally ill.) This, she said was not the act of a “mature, confident news organization.” Which raises the question: “mature” news organizations call their bosses “pussies”?

GLADSTONE: It seems to be the reflex of the NPR Board to fire any member of its staff who raises hackles in Washington, reigniting the argument over funding. Is that response the act of a mature, confident news organization? For instance, should it have fired NPR president Vivian Schiller? Frank Mankiewicz says no.

MANKIEWICZ: I don’t think this event should have been responsible for her fring. I think she was a very competent executive and she was taking NPR in the right direction.

GLADSTONE: Jon Stewart called NPR’s board a bunch of pussies.

MANKIEWICZ: A bunch of what?

GLADSTONE: Pussies.

MANKIEWICZ: Cookies?

GLADSTONE: Pussies!

MANKIEWICZ:Oh, pussies. Yeah, that may be true.

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Young Obama took racial swipe at Colin Powell

President Obama took an apparent racial swipe at Colin Powell in a 1994 NPR interview in which he implied the four-star general is acceptable to “white America.”

In the same interview, Obama advocates that the government should provide jobs for every citizen and prenatal care for all women.

Obama in 1994 was a community organizer and lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

WND unearthed an Oct. 28, 1994, interview the future president gave to NPR in response to political scientist Charles Murray’s controversial book “The Bell Curve,” which argues that there are racial differences in intelligence.

During the radio interview, Obama said “the idea that inferior genes account for the problems of the poor in general, and blacks in particular, isn’t new, of course.”

“Racial supremacists have been using IQ tests to support their theories since the turn of the century,” he said.

Obama accused Murray of “pushing a very particular policy agenda, specifically, the elimination of affirmative action and welfare programs aimed at the poor.”

Obama then made the remarks about Powell.

“With one finger out to the political wind, Mr. Murray has apparently decided that white America is ready for a return to good old-fashioned racism so long as it’s artfully packaged and can admit for exceptions like Colin Powell,” Obama said.

While Obama clearly focused his ire on Murray, his singling out of Powell as acceptable to “white America” may raise some eyebrows.

In 1994, Powell was coming out of a six-year high-profile stint as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including during the first Gulf War.

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NPR: Maybe a slow economy is just what we need!

The economy is slow … and that’s great news! After this morning’s GDP report from the Department of Commerce, NPR offered the counterfactual headline you’d only see during a Democratic administration:

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My Fox News contributor Juan Williams has been fired by NPR for telling an inconvenient truth.

Juan was appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s show Monday night, when O’Reilly asserted, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.” Juan didn’t disagree with this claim.

Would President Obama, for example, disagree? I don’t think so. Isn’t this why, for example, we are fighting a war to prevent jihadists from re-establishing a terror base in Afghanistan? (It’s a war, by the way, that Juan happens to oppose.) But do the powers-that-be at NPR really think that jihadists, especially if aided by state sponsors, are not a serious threat? Do the powers-that-be at NPR think their analysts shouldn’t be allowed to say they are?

Juan cited the words of the Times Square bomber: “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts.” Do the powers-that-be at NPR deny that jihadists have made countless comments of this sort? Are NPR analysts not allowed to cite them?

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