Suppose something important were happening in Washington, DC — lets say the Democrats in Congress we’re trying to violate the law — and you turned on one of the three main 24/7 news channels to find out what was happening. What do you think you would find on the air?
If you said that Fox News, CNN or MSNBC would all be covering the breaking news, you would only be partly right. They all acknowledged Wednesday morning that something important was happening, but their coverage consisted on one of the following:
(1) Talking heads telling you that something important was happening but not letting you see it;
(2) Talking heads talking about something else but reserving a small silent corner of the screen to let you know that real news is happening somewhere else but that you can’t hear it for yourself; or
(3) Talking heads talking about whatever talking heads talk about with absolutely no acknowledgement that something significant is happening that you should know about.
That’s what happened when the House Judiciary Committee debated and voted on subpoenaing the full and unredacted Mueller Report from Attorney General Barr even though the law says they can’t have it. Democrat Chairman Nadler made the case that the Mueller Report should be released because the Starr Report was released 20 years ago or because the Watergate report was released 45 years ago. (You could see this part on one channel, by the way, before they cut away to study their own navels.)
Of course Nadler was ignoring the fact that the law has changed, and no longer allows the indiscriminate release of information. Here’s what the Special Counsel Law says about the attorney general’s responsibility:
The Attorney General may determine that public release of these reports would be in the public interest, to the extent that release would comply with applicable legal restrictions.
That is exactly what Attorney General Barr is doing now, and what he said he would do when he testified at his confirmation hearing. He HAS determined that releasing the report is “in the public interest,” but now he is working to make sure that “legal restrictions” are all followed, and that material is not released illegally ( such as classified material or grand jury testimony).
The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are ordering him to violate the law. Folks, this is scary, and we can’t even get the news “gatekeepers” at CNN, Fox and MSNBC to show us the debate live. Don’t trust talking heads to filter the news for you — they have shown time and again they are not trustworthy. (Read my book “The Media Matrix” for more examples of this over the last 15 years.)
So here’s what happened today that the talking heads didn’t think you should see for yourself: The Democrats were lying about the law, or ignoring it, in violation of their oath of office. Moreover they ordered the attorney general, the chief law officer of the United States, to violate the law. Were he to do so, he should be removed by the president from office, and if Chairman Nadler insists on bullying the attorney general into violating the law, then he should be charged with obstruction of justice.
For such a momentous vote, the “news” channels should have shown the vote live so that each representative who voted to violate the law could be seen doing so up close and in person. As Jed Clampett would say, “Pitiful — just pitiful.”
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