It’s been a bad few weeks for the Obama administration. But it’s been even worse for the President’s hardcore advocates in the press, who are struggling to come up with a narrative that reconciles their view of Barack Obama as the Greatest Progressive President Ever with the IRS’ use of its power to bludgeon the President’s political opponents, the new testimony of Benghazi whistleblowers whose stories betray the White House’s deceit about the events that transpired on September 11, 2012, and most recently, the Justice Department’s wiretapping of AP and Fox News reporters’ phones.
The “mainstream” media’s standard tack has been either largely to ignore the Obama administration’s abuses of power, to give them minimal coverage, or to argue that -- whatever happened -- it’s just a blip; an aberration being “politicized” by Republicans.
But these instances are no aberrations. They are just the most recent examples in a pattern of deceit and disregard for constitutional limits to political power that the Obama administration has displayed since Day One.
This would have been clearer to the general public much earlier (read: before the 2012 election) were it not for the fact that so many in the MSM have not only not challenged the administration out on its excesses; rather, they have aided and abetted it at every turn.
A complete list is beyond the scope of one article, but here are just a few examples:
Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.