In his Morning Jolt newsletter, Jim Geraghty warns of "three things I fear Republicans believe." No. 1 on the list is that "The media controls everything."
Republicans have a legitimate and well-documented complaint about a leftward bias in almost all mainstream media institutions. But somewhere along the line "media bias" became an all-purpose explanation or excuse every time events don't turn out the way a Republican would like. Rarely if ever do you hear a GOP voter say, "Our guys just didn't get the job done. They weren't persuasive. They didn't come up with compelling arguments. They didn't win over the voters' trust, and they made too many mistakes to win the fight." It's strange -- somehow the media bias is all-powerful in years such as 1992, 1998, 2006, and 2008, and some years the media bias suddenly loses all of its power against the GOP, such as in 1980, 1994, 2004, and 2010.
This is slightly reminiscent of the "en davar" quote at the top: do not exaggerate...
So bearing all these grains of salt in mind, we can now read about Eric Holder's demands ... of The Daily Caller?
Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder today demanded The Daily Caller stop publishing articles about the growing calls in Congress for his resignation because of the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
You can watch the video, but here's a shortcut to what Holder said to the DC reporter when asked "for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation."
“You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”
Stop Asking Questions? Isn't that a helluva stance for the head of the DOJ to be taking toward freedom of the press? Just asking...
And by the way, Eric, how's that "secret" propaganda unit coming along??
In the meantime, The Daily Caller defends (and promotes) itself this way:
At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Currently 52 members of Congress, three presidential candidates and two sitting Governors have called for Holder’s immediate resignation. Many of those lawmakers and political figures have issued statements exclusively to The Daily Caller in which they have called for Holder to step down. This is chiefly because The DC is the most prominent mainstream media outlet covering this burgeoning international scandal.
Mainstream? Do not exaggerate. But that's not my point... My point is simply that in common with many conservatives, Holder seems to believe that "the media control everything." And furthermore, he seems to think that by telling the media to "stop this" he can control the media (which controls everything). So the Question of the Day is... Does Eric Holder think he can control everything?
Maybe, but if that's what he wants, he needs to start with his own stupid self:
Holder was the primary speaker at a White House event Tuesday intended to publicize a new national campaign stigmatizing the purchase of counterfeit consumer goods including clothing, medicines, software, songs and movies.
One of the ads unveiled during the event asked consumers not to buy such products because the money would help illegal gunrunners.
"The common law is the will of Mankind
issuing from the Life of the People."
Creepy, huh? And controversial. But you have to admit that the theme is in harmony with the rest of the administration, philosophically as well as aesthetically. No doubt it all "trickles down" from the White House.
And in case anyone's interested, here's what the DOJ website used to look like, prior to the Age of Obama... which was really just less than three years ago when you think about it.