Obama Claims He Never Tried to Silence Conservative Opponents, He Forgets Operation Rushbo
Obama’s attack on Trump was filled with lies, omissions and more lies.
“It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t threaten the freedom of the press because they say things or publish stories we don’t like. I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down or call them enemies of the people.”
It shouldn’t be Democrats or Republicans who say that we shouldn’t eavesdrop on reporters, prosecute them or target pundits who disagree with you, with organized campaigns.
But Obama did those things anyway.
Operation Rushbo comes to mind. As does James Rosen.
The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen’s personal emails, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
In a chilling move sure to rile defenders of civil liberties, an FBI agent also accused Rosen of breaking anti-espionage law with behavior that—as described in the agent’s own affidavit—falls well inside the bounds of traditional news reporting.
UPDATE: Fox News responds with a blistering statement that asserts Rosen was “simply doing his job” in his role as “a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”
The revelations surfaced with President Barack Obama’s administration already under fire for seizing two months of telephone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press. Obama last week said he makes “no apologies” for investigations into national security-related leaks
It shouldn’t be Democrat or Republican… but it is.