Then Eric Holder's Justice Department was revealed to be wiretapping the Associated Press in April and May of 2012 to nail a leaker. President Obama is not a "victim" of a "second-term curse." This is the corrupt (SET ITAL) first (END ITAL) term beginning to smell, it is (SET ITAL) his (END ITAL) administration, and even the media cannot deny the odor of malfeasance.
Most liberal pundits are no longer lecturing the conservatives about how they should dump the Benghazi probe, as is their clarion call after every Democratic scandal. Too much damaging information is coming out, not to mention the stonewalling, not to mention Obama's continuous and blatant lying, such as his thuggish insistence he called this a terrorist act from the get-go, which he did not -- period.
The growing collection of the Obama scandals paints a larger picture of a president who appears comfortable with an IRS that harasses his enemies, a State Department that lies to the world and a Justice Department that's wiretapping AP reporters on their home phones. That's not exactly the image of Hope and Change that the press -- including the Obama pals at AP -- sold us in 2008.
In 2006, reporters suggested Bush might be impeachment fodder for "domestic spying" -- when the National Security Agency was listening to phone calls between Americans and Muslim radicals abroad. If the media can't summon a stronger sense of outrage when the "domestic spying" is on their journalistic colleagues, then you'll know (again) they're completely in the tank.
In 2011 and 2012, a disturbing number of Obama's media coddlers tried to suggest he was miraculously free of any Obama scandals. Forget Fast and Furious. Who ever heard of Solyndra? One of Obama's top Democratic fundraisers ran MF Global into the ground. Who knew? Tingly Chris Matthews said Obama was "perfect" and "clean as a whistle" and has "never done anything wrong."
Some journalists still care more for Obama's image than they do about the truth. Time assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar greeted the IRS scandal by announcing on MSNBC, "What's so sad about it is the president has been very rightfully proud of the lack of scandal in his administration so far."
That could be a Jay Leno punch line.