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Unlike IRS And Benghazi Fauxgates, Republicans Won’t Hold Endless Show Trial Hearings On DoJ And AP

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 15, 2013

Unlike the Benghazi and IRS Fauxgates, the DoJ’s probe of the AP is truly troublesome. But as Will Bunch explains, don’t hold your breath waiting for Congressional Republicans and their fellow Koch largesse recipients in the Tea Party, John Birch Society and Minutemen factions of the GOP to call for hearings (aside from today’s pro-forma joke of a hearing):

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen America’s right-wing sweetheart Michelle Malkin front and center on this scandal, maybe that’s because Malkin has spent years calling the multiple-Pulitzer-winning journalists of the AP “the Associated (with terrorists) Press.” And the rest of the right-wing media world was right behind her. What’s more, the Right is not going to go after Obama’s Justice Department for investigating its 2012 article about CIA and
other U.S. activities in Yemen — because regrettably Eric Holder was doing exactly what Republicans wanted him to do.

Here’s Malkin targeting the AP back in 2006:

The Associated Press proudly calls itself the “essential global news network” and a “bastion of the
people’s right to know around the world.” But when it comes to the “people’s right to know” whether Associated Press employees are cooperating with terrorists overseas, the “essential global news network’s” motto is: Bug off.

The case that Malkin is so worked up about is the matter of Bilal Hussein (pictured at top), an Iraqi photographer who was inspired by the possibility of a free press after the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, hooked up with the AP and helped them win a Pulitzer, and then found himself detained by the U.S. military and held for months without a hearing. I know the case well because I blogged about it frequently in those years; Malkin and a host of other right-wing bloggers were on the other side, opposing the press freedom — and Americans’ right to get “unfettered” photos from Iraq — that Bilal Hussein represented.

Res ipsa loquitor.


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