” Attorney General Eric Holder may have lied in testimony given to Congress given earlier this month. Even if it was not under oath, the offense would be a felony subject to a maximum of five years in prison. The exchange actually happened with Hank Johnson (he of “imagine a world without balloons” and other greatest gaffe hits). This is what the memory-challenged AG had to say:
First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.
You see, Eric Holder is the kind of guy who remembers with fine detail what he did do to cover his behind, but when it comes to the actual main components of the scandal at hand, he just don’t know.
If it turns out that Holder lied to Congress when he said the prosecution of the press for publication of material “is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of,” the habitual line-stepper will be in career-ender kind of hot water. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy; Holder has pulled off more improbable escapes than Harry Houdini.”
Tag Archive: Journalists
” For the first time in more than two decades, hundreds gathered with journalists outside one of China’s most influential papers on Monday, staging a strike to protest the Communist Party’s censorship of press freedom.Its reputation for bold reporting, and its weekly readership of more than 1.6 million, Southern Weekend, which is sometimes called Southern Weekly, based in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, is one of the most influential media outlets in the country.
This public hunger for a media free from censorship, one that is allowed to challenge corruption and the wrongdoings of private and state enterprise, is the reason editorial staff at the Southern Weekend decided to stage a strike against government censorship. “
Chinese Journalists Protest Against Censorship
- Chinese hold anti-censorship protest outside newspaper (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Chinese Continue Protest Against Media Censorship (voanews.com)
- Chinese hold anti-censorship protest outside newspaper (sott.net)
- ‘Daring’ daily in strike against Chinese censorship (thehindu.com)
- China anti-censorship protest attracts support across country (guardian.co.uk)
- ‘Get rid of censorship:’ Protesters Gather in Front of Chinese Newspaper (theepochtimes.com)
- China celebrities back censorship protest (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
Fined $535 For Nursing A Woodpecker Back To Health
” This is, declared NYU professor Jay Rosen, “the dumbest media story of 2012.” Why? Because, as CNN’s Howard Kurtz breezily put it, everybody knows David Gregory wasn’t “planning to commit any crimes.”
Free As A Bird After Breaking DC “High Capacity” Magazine Ban
So what? Neither are the overwhelming majority of his fellow high-capacity-magazine-owning Americans. Yet they’re expected to know, as they drive around visiting friends and family over Christmas, the various and contradictory gun laws in different jurisdictions. “Ignorantia juris non excusat” is one of the oldest concepts in civilized society: ignorance of the law is no excuse. Back when there was a modest and proportionate number of laws, that was just about do-able. But in today’s America there are laws against everything, and any one of us at any time is unknowingly in breach of dozens of them. And, in this case, NBC was informed by the D.C. police that it would be illegal to show the thing on TV, and they went ahead and did it, anyway: You’ll never take me alive, copper! You’ll have to pry my high-capacity magazine from my cold dead fingers! When the D.C. SWAT team, the FBI and the ATF take out NBC News, and the whole building goes up in one almighty fireball, David Gregory will be the crazed loon up on the roof like Jimmy Cagney in “White Heat”: “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!” At last, some actual must-see TV on that lousy network.
$50,000 Bail For Wearing A $20 Punker’s Ammo Belt
To Howard Kurtz & Co, it’s “obvious” that Gregory didn’t intend to commit a crime. But, in a land choked with laws, “obviousness” is one of the first casualties – and “obviously” innocent citizens have their “obviously” well-intentioned actions criminalized every minute of the day. Not far away from David Gregory, across the Virginia border, 11-year-old Schylar Capo made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days. For her pains, a federal Fish & Wildlife gauleiter accompanied by state troopers descended on her house, charged her with illegal transportation of a protected species, issued her a $535 fine, and made her cry. Why is it so “obvious” that David Gregory deserves to be treated more leniently than a sixth-grader? Because he’s got a TV show, and she hasn’t?
The Offending Fashion-Ware
Three days after scofflaw Gregory committed his crime, a bail hearing was held in Massachusetts for Andrew Despres, 20, who’s charged with trespassing and possession of ammunition without a firearms license. Mr. Despres was recently expelled from Fitchburg State University and was returning to campus to pick up his stuff. Hence the trespassing charge. At the time of his arrest, he was wearing a “military-style ammunition belt.” Hence, the firearms charge.
His mom told WBZ that her son purchased the belt for $20 from a punk website and had worn it to class every day for two years as a “fashion statement.” He had no gun with which to fire the bullets. Nevertheless, Fitchburg Police proudly displayed the $20 punk-website ammo belt as if they’d just raided the Fitchburg mafia’s armory, and an obliging judge ordered Mr. Despres held on $50,000 bail. Why should there be one law for “Meet The Press” and another for “Meet Andrew Despres”? Because David Gregory throws better cocktail parties? “
Where Exactly Are We Living ? USSR ? PRC ?
- David Gregory’s Motives Are Pure! (nationalreview.com)
- Father of former Fitchburg State student accused in ammo case criticizes authorities (boston.com)
- David Gregory Meet James O’Keefe (nationalreview.com)
- LAW, JOURNALISM, AND DOUBLE STANDARDS: David Gregory, Meet James O’Keefe. Howard Kurtz dismisses… (pjmedia.com)
- I WAS GOING TO WRITE SOMETHING MORE ABOUT DAVID GREGORY AND HIS MEDIA DEFENDERS LIKE HOWARD KURTZ, b… (pjmedia.com)
- Above the Law? Howard Kurtz Scolds D.C. Police for Investigating NBC’s David Gregory (newsbusters.org)
Leave to John Hawkins to cut right to the chase .
” 7 Examples of People Who Are Not Victims
Jun 19, 2012
No matter how unfairly you’re treated specifically because you’re a white male, a Christian, a conservative, or a Republican, very few people are going to accept the idea that you’re a victim. That may be unfair, but on the whole, it’s a good thing. America is already awash in people who falsely believe they’re victims and it’s not a pretty sight to see: the blaming, the whining, the mediocrity, the sea of jackasses who believe their horrific behavior is justified because they’re “victims.” It’s time they learned that they’re not victims in any real sense ”
Can you guess who he lists among his non “victims” ? As well informed as our readers are , we doubt John’s candidates will come as a surprise but you never go wrong spending a few minutes with him .