May 19, 2013
By: BRIAN COLE
Within the first half of May 2013, a trio of troubles has worked in tandem to undermine President Obama’s credibility. These problems surfaced only days after Obama had urged the spring 2013 graduating class at Ohio State University to reject the warnings from critics cautioning Americans of the trip towards tyranny taken by his administration.
News stories regarding the likelihood of a cover-up in the Benghazi attack, evidence of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auditing and harassing Conservative and LibertarianGroups in the last three years, and the Justice Department’s illegal wiretapping of Associated Press (AP) journalists further call into question whether Obama’s actions are speaking louder or even contradicting his words.
Testimony regarding Benghazi battles continues to bludgeon Obama
While the Obama Administration hammered away at his critics successfully enough to distract Americans attention away from the battles in Benghazi during his re-election campaign in the fall of 2012, the scandal never completely disappeared from the news desks of unbiased, investigative journalists across the nation.
After lengthy delays and attempts to suppress testimony from individuals aware of the happenings last September 11 in Benghazi, many whistle blowers affirmed accounts of the attack directly contradicting the Obama’s Administration version of the events leading up to and happening during the events of that evening.
According to evidence from subordinates in the State Department, the talking points regarding the battle in Benghazi were edited twelve times by officials in the CIA and the State Department in order to eliminate any references to terrorism and terrorist activities from Al-Qaida related affiliates.
The President, through Ambassador Susan Rice, continued to try and persuade Americans the violence resulted from demonstration against an anti-Islamic You Tube video circulating the internet, long after his staff was aware the violence resulted from “blow back” attacks by armed anti-American militants in Libya.
IRS instructed to target Conservative groups through questionable audits
In early May 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) apologized for intentionally targeting Conservative, Libertarian, and Tea Party-affiliated political groups across America. Though Obama first characterized the IRS actions as “alleged”, these words were contradicted by IRS officials admitted to taking these punitive actions against organizations considered to be adversarial to the current administration.
While Obama attempted to deflect the blame towards lower-level employees in the IRS, recent revelations indicate these orders originated from higher-level officials in his administration. In fact, the left-leaning New York Times reported Obama was informed of these actions by the IRS at least five months prior to Election Day.
Not only did the IRS work extensively to track down monetary donations given to these Conservative organizations, the government agency also requested email addresses and Facebook wall posts. Even many of Obama’s allies considered this an overreach of authority on the part of the IRS in an attempt to use private and confidential information for political gain.
Illegal wire-tapping of AP reporters by the Justice Department
Around the middle of May 2013, news agencies including Yahoo and CNN reported and confirmed the Justice Department had secretly obtained two months of records from 20 phone lines of the Associated Press (AP) – the largest news-wire corporation in the world. These included tracking calls from New York City; Washington, D.C.; Hartford, Conn., and even the AP office space in the House of Representatives.
The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees Free Speech and Freedom of the Press. The actions taken by the Obama Administration directly violate these constitutional rights. These maneuvers also defy the fourth amendment’s promises to protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Obama administration’s defiant stand could further alienate Americans
On Sunday, May 19, Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House advisor, defended the Obama Administration’s defiant stand on all three issues, dismissing Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP scandals as “irrelevant” and “partisan” attacks on the president.
However, the press that so vehemently defended Obama and his policies over the last four years now feels betrayed. For this reason, journalists are less likely to feel inclined to give the president the benefit of the doubt regarding his constitutionally-questionable actions and policies.
Obama’s personal popularity has depended greatly on the largely positive portrayal of the president in the mainstream media. As reporters come to grips with the deception practiced by Obama’s Justice Department, press coverage may become less favorable towards the president and his position on the matters that affect to all Americans.