Leading up to that announcement, Republicans had focused on several promotional Times pieces. On May 29, 2012, a Times story by reporters Jo Becker and Scott Shane focused on how the president personally composed a "kill list" of suspected terrorists to be eliminated in drone attacks. Then on June 1, the Times published a story by David Sanger revealing how Obama personally ordered a cyber attack on Iran's nuclear program using a computer virus called Stuxnet. Sanger also wrote an Obama-boosting book titled "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power." It professed to tell how Obama would "preserve America's influence with a lighter, defter touch."
Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center reported that between the two articles, there are 52 sources cited, and 92 percent of the source identifications are of past or present Obama officials. Looking at just the descriptions used by the three Times reporters, nobody should believe that these stories were not carefully developed and facilitated by the top men on President Obama's national security team.
There were others. On June 19, 2012, The Washington Post revealed that, in addition to Stuxnet, the "United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon." And on June 13, a Post article revealed the existence of a network of special-operation air bases in Africa used to spy on al-Qaida. But there is no U.S. Attorney investigating leaks to The Washington Post.
The Post has tried to defend itself in news stories as too complex to investigate: "Several of the recent disclosures, however, resulted from deeply reported projects. Such articles tend to have diffuse sourcing, making it hard to isolate who first disclosed the essence of what later becomes an article."
It's exactly this heads-I-win-tails-you-lose media logic that causes most Americans to pick the AP-Rosen leak probes as the least outrageous of the Obama scandals. Reporters use anonymous Democrat sources or thinly veiled "senior administration officials" to promote their partisan narrative of choice, whether it was Bush the Bumbling, Yet Frightening Tyrant or Obama, Master of the Lighter, Defter Touch.
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