Minutes later, CBS morning co-host Charlie Rose asserted: "The Republicans are pushing forward on this. Is it possible they may overplay their hand and somehow squander what they think is opportunity?"
CNN even asked in a poll if the Republicans were overreaching. The early returns do not augur well for Obama or his supporters: a majority of responders felt the Republicans were acting appropriately in their investigating of these scandals.
What should trouble the public is any attempt by any news outlet to minimize the enormity of these scandals. If "overreach" is the word of the day, isn't there an unlimited amount of this coming from this administration? It should be obvious that "overreach" is better defined as the shameless attempt to blame a YouTube video for the Benghazi fiasco. "Overreach" can be defined as the IRS asking charities about the contents of their prayers, or the Justice Department conducting an overbroad investigation of AP phone records while shadowing journalists and accusing them of criminal activity for committing the act of journalism. This is the behavior of totalitarian regimes, and it deserves the undivided attention of our national press.
Some are doing their job. Others just can't resist the subtle jabs at the GOP, suggesting that nasty overreach. They don't come out and say it; the word choice implies it.
Paul Kane of The Washington Post began one story: "After two years of feverishly chasing any hint or suggestion of wrongdoing by the Obama administration, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) may finally be having his moment."
NPR's Carrie Johnson called Issa a "fierce critic" of Obama.
The Obama administration has demonstrated an astonishing tendency to use government agencies to reward their friends and punish their enemies. Reporters should be at least as bipartisan and serious about this political aggression as congressional investigators. Otherwise, the public should view them with contempt.