Journalists push back against Obama administration for seizure of Associated Press records

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  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    May 21, 2013 2:02 a.m.

    TOO - Not only that, but what about the other deaths that ensued BECAUSE of the bogus video scapegoat? Have we forgotten that Hillary and Barack's finger-pointing became the impetus for further riots and uprisings throughout the middle east which resulted in more death? Is anyone even bothering to count that loss of life???

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    May 17, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    We read here and elsewhere that the media is getting fed up with Obama. Balderdash! Barack Obama is their guy to the end. If not, they would be screaming to the rafters for his impeachment as they did with Richard Nixon and, to some degree, George W. Bush. That is not to suggest the media isn't peeved with B.O. because many are. They just want him to straighten out and be the activist, left-wing ideologue they thought he was rather than the lazy, uninvolved, mostly absent-without-leave character he has turned out to be. They recognize a president can’t delegate leadership.

  • Rebel vs UT GOP(UT's elitists) Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    You hit the nail on the head.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:14 p.m.

    Blame Congress. Seriously. Write your Congressman.

    Congress gave broad powers for the government to watch citizens... monitor emails, phone records, texts. They gave these powers thinking they were going to have a Republican president. Well, a Democrat got re-elected and guess what? He used those powers.
    You can't be upset about it, because you voted in the Congressmen who tossed the 4th Amendment right out the window. What did you think that big government data facility is that they're building here in Utah? A place to store data on foreigners? Funny.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 16, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    I think the house has enough sense not to waste the money on impeachment because they know the senate does not have the integrity to convict - just like they did not convict clinton for lying to a federal judge about sexual harrassment that occured in the whitehouse. But then we know George and all the other libs have no problem with sexual harrassment or lying to federal judges.

  • Rebel vs UT GOP(UT's elitists) Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Maybe Gun Running is not the accurate name for what Presidents Bush and Obama did but it was nonetheless immoral or unethical.
    My point is not to talk about that particular situation. My point is that our government has some very corrupt parts. We are a good country. We could be a great country if our leaders just had some integrity and values. By allowing so much money into campaigns, politicians cannot be honest. It is not possible. There is nobody who will bite the hand that feeds them. I don't believe more laws are the answer. I would just like to see honest reporting. I would like to get the facts and then be able to decide for myself. Facts are nearly impossible to find though.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    What do you call a sting operation whose objective is to track the flow of guns, wherein the flow of guns is not, in fact, tracked? A "gun running" operation by any other name, smells just as bad.

    The administration also has more rosy-smelling names for illegal wiretapping, Benghazi incompetence and cover-up, sluggish economy, unrelentingly high unemployment, extremist Islamic terrorist, government spending in a time of unsustainable debt, etc., etc. Nicer names don't change what they really are.

    May 16, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    This administration, particularly Obama and Holder, are built largely on a foundation of plausible deniability. Now that the press has been stung by them, perhaps the press will stop accepting "I learned about (fill in the controversy here) just like the regular folks - on the news last week!"

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 16, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    "....President Obama should be impeached for his gun running. But as we know, he invoked executive privilege...."

    Obama's 'gun running' (Fast and Furious) was a sting operation whose objective was to track the flow of guns in hope that the trail would lead to kingpins of Mexico's drug cartels. As we all know, it went very badly and a Federal agent was killed. Incompetence? Perhaps. But calling it gun running makes me wonder which comic books some people read to stay abreast of current events.

  • Rebel vs UT GOP(UT's elitists) Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    I think that President Obama should be impeached for his gun running. But as we know, he invoked executive privilege. My main problem with this is that if there had been more investigation, not only would President Obama have impeachable offenses but George W. would have ended up in jail too. I believe the investigation would have led to a corruption in the government that had not been seen in decades.
    Politicians protect their own too often. Remember the Utah legislators giving one of their own a standing ovation for hot tubbing with an under age girl?

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 16, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Contrary to popular myth promoted by some in the press, a right for the press to protect the confidentiality of news sources does not exist. The First Amendment was never meant to give the press a special dispensation from the rule of law.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    May 16, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    Naive voters of this last election are now getting what they voted for. Romney and many others tried to warn voters what this press-coddled administration really is... something that talks a good talk, but often delivers something very different. Most of it's malfeasance has been downplayed by the liberal press. But now it's hitting them directly and hopefully opening a lot of liberal eyes to what many of us have suspected or known for years.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 16, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Ticking off the press, is a bad move. He will see.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    This scandal makes Americans long for the good old days of Alberto Gonzales and the Bush administration where corruption and contempt were worn as a badges of honor on your sleeve.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    May 16, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Eric Holder will continue to have the confident smug look on his face and can continue to obfuscate to congress with impunity from the press.

    Why? ... He, President Obama, the Associated Press and the US State Department work for the same Wall Street banker/big government monopoly of power and money.

    Always remember, big government works for the Wall Street bankers who float all the bonds that underwrite government spending programs and take their percentage on every dollar of big government debt.

    So, big government spending and Marxist philosophers, who work at all the big name Universities, and then get picked for executive positions in the US government and state department, will continue to lead the people of the US along the path of the 'creeping socialism' that President Ezra Taft Benson and J. Rueben Clark warned Americans about throughout their lifetimes..the'30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, and now the warning comes through Utah's Representatives in Congress and the Senate.

    The big government/banking monopoly launders their money through elite tax exempt foundations (501 3cs) which fund 'progressive/socialist' action groups.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    May 16, 2013 6:11 a.m.


    Let's see what he has done, which in fact, does merit impeachment.

    1. Emails were released yesterday on Benghazi that the WH and State department took out any references to terrorism for the cause of the attack. They later, a few weeks later, said it was terrorism after weeks of blaming a video. They arrested the man who was said to have made the video, and he remains in jail today.

    2. They lied about this video and arrested an innocent man. Even if this video were to cause the attack, they have no right to arrest him--it's called freedom of speech. If I want to make an anti Muslim video, it's my right. Now that they admit it had nothing to do, why don't they release the guy?

    3. IRS targeting conservatives. How is that not illegal. And then of course he denies knowledge. Does he have knowledge of anything? He didn't know about the IRS, he blatantly lied about the video, and he didn't know a thing about the AP? What's he do all day? Does he not have knowledge of what his people do?

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    May 16, 2013 6:09 a.m.

    Putting aside the question of whether the DOJ overstepped its bounds in this case, the fact is that the journalists who published the leak about the covert antiterror operation put lives at risk and damaged America's international relations. The editors who allowed the story to go to press are complicit in the affair. This kind of irresponsible journalism serves no public interest and in fact does real harm. In a country where the consitution guarantees freedom of the press, there may be no legal recourse when private entities obtain and exercise such poor judgment with sensitive information, but the public ought to send a clear message to the media that this kind of carelessness is unacceptable.

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 15, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    There will be some liberals whose eyes will be opened, and will now look upon this administration with, perhaps, some distrust.

    There will be other liberals who continue to support this president no matter what he, or his administration does, even though they would be highly critical of a conservative administration doing the same thing.

    As this article notes, however, there has not previously been an offense of this nature. This appears to have been a first-time offense in our nations history. How will we respond?

    I think it would be wise to respond by looking more closely at what Obama says, does, and intends to do. Hopefully the mainstream press will report more fully and more balanced.

    In another 3 years the next campaign will officially begin and we will hopefully choose wisely.

  • George New York, NY
    May 15, 2013 10:18 p.m.


    First there would need to be an impeachable offense and despite all the raging from the right there has not been one but keep trying it took almost 8 years and a billion dollies to catch Clinton in a lie about a private affair that had nothing to do with government, time and money well spent right?

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    May 15, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    Give it one more week and things will be back to normal.

    Congress does not have the moral courage to start the impeachment process and the press will once again be eating out of Obama's hand.

  • peacemaker Provo, UT
    May 15, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    The first people to go in the historical context of non democratic regimes worldwide were the intellectuals, the religious leaders and representatives of the free press. Amazing how the national liberal media continue to dig at their own graves by protecting the very administration that would bury them. Perhaps this matter will be an eye opener. The responsibility of the press to protect the American public against such acts has been missing. We all need to have faith in their responsibility to carry out their freedoms which have now been infringed upon.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    The Honeymoon appears to be over the President as news people who some are journalists don't like these subversive actions in their handling of these subpoenas. This President wants to distance himself from these actions but he needs to govern and not be gallivanting around the world making us look bad in almost everything he touches. He doesn't know how to govern and manage his own life let alone our life and existence. He has surrounded himself with non- competent people who can't lead and guide people.

    We don't need more federalism with this man governing as President. The other day he was supporting his IRS commissioner and now he is gone when these events were known before now and should have been known by individuals being attacked months ago. What the IRS does impacts people's life/lifestyle from implications they cause through irrevocable actions, even if they withdraw them later. The damage is done to innocent people. It is like reading the Diary of Anne Frank when the government had information on the people chosen or selected to be discharged from life. The Press realizing what the administration will do to conservatives.