New York Times: Obama Administration Has ‘Lost All Credibility’

New York Times Obama Administration Has 'Lost All Credibility'The New York Times editorial board, which twice endorsed President Obama and has championed many planks of his agenda, on Thursday turned on the president over the government’s mass collection of phone data — saying the administration has “lost all credibility.”

‘Last straw’

The report that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records from millions of Verizon subscribers appeared to be the last straw. An editorial published late Thursday said the administration was using the “same platitude” it uses in every case of overreach — that “terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us.”

The editorial continued: “Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility.”

‘Secret court order’

The language was a far cry from the Times’ Oct. 23, 2008, endorsement of then-candidate Obama. At the time, the Times praised Obama’s “cool head and sound judgment,” and said he was “putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change.”

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle voiced concern on Thursday about the records collection effort. It was first reported by The Guardian newspaper, which obtained a copy of a secret court order allowing the government to collect phone call information – though not monitor the calls themselves — directly from Verizon.

Lawmakers in the loop on the program tried to assuage concerns, however. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., who lead the Senate intelligence committee, defended the program as necessary to keep the country safe.

What is your take regarding this latest news about the NSA’s collection of Verizon’s phone records? Do you still trust the administration?

Source: Fox News

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Did Liberal Media Help Protect Team Obama In The Wake Of Benghazi Scandal?

Did Liberal Media Help Protect Team Obama In The Wake Of Benghazi ScandalThe Obama administration has lied, stonewalled, bullied, and intimidated – the true marks of an open and transparent administration in the wake of the Benghazi incident that killed four Americans. And, with a few notable exceptions, the American media haven’t just let them get away it. Heck, they’ve helped.

‘Obvious political undercurrent’

Hill testimony of State Department whistleblowers might change that, but it’s doubtful given the one-sided reporting so far. NBC said there was an “obvious political undercurrent” to the hearings and accused the GOP of going after the “most popular Democrat,” Hillary Clinton.

A Politico story about CBS showed the truly insidious nature of media bias on this story and how the network held back Emmy award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson.

It hasn’t just been CBS that has been trying to corral this story. New York Times coverage might still damage the administration even though that paper has tried to prevent it. MSNBC’s sometime conservative, former Florida Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, even Tweeted about Thursday’s Times story, saying it “should cause great concerns in the White House.”

‘Downplay the death’

It wasn’t just the traditional media spinning for Team Obama. Lefty outlets did their darnedest to downplay the death of four Americans, including the only U.S. ambassador killed since 1979. Other liberal sites went even further, ignoring the hearing and the testimony entirely. The Nation, Alternet and Democracy Now had no visible coverage. That’s a far cry from how the left reacted to even something as mundane as the NRA convention, where no terrorists killed four Americans.

It doesn’t really matter how they spin it, the news continues to get out. But if all major news outlets do is cover for the administration, they may well succeed in protecting their 2016 candidate.

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Source: Dan Gainor, Fox News

Image: The Weekly Standard