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Earlier this week I noted how The New York Times' version of La-La-La-I-Can't-Hear-You Journalism had somehow cast the unfolding IRS-Tea Party scandal as a story about Republicans, who by the way are factually unhinged. Well, take a look at today's front page:

G.O.P., Energized, Weighs How Far to Take Inquiries

WASHINGTON — The investigations ensnaring the White House have unified the Republican Party, energized a political base shattered by election losses and given common purpose to lawmakers divided over a legislative agenda.

The most pressing question for Congressional Republicans is no longer how to finesse changes to immigration law or gun control, but how far they can push their cases against President Obama without inciting a backlash of the sort that has left them staggering in the past.

White House mired in scandal! Republicans hardest hit!

In case you didn't get the message, check out the NYT's lead editorial:

Scandal Machine

When politicians want to turn scandals into metaphors, actual details of wrongdoing or incompetence no longer matter. In fact, the details of the troubles swirling around the White House this week are bluntly contradicting Republicans who want to combine them into a seamless narrative of tyrannical government on the rampage.

Exactly who is demonstrating that "actual details of wrongdoing or incompetence no longer matter," again?

A pro-tip for those people who share the NYT worldview: When government screws up and/or abuses power, the most important thing is not the hyperbolic rhetoric of partisans from the opposition party. Particularly if your goal is journalism, or embracing a watchdog role on power, or simply exhibiting a little of the ol' civic duty. Or to put it in language even a media Boomer might understand, just because some Nixon-haters sympathized with the Weather Underground, doesn't mean Richard Milhous didn't grossly abuse power.

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  1. A pro-tip for those people who share the NYT worldview: When government screws up and/or abuses power, the most important thing is not the hyperbolic rhetoric of partisans from the opposition party. Particularly if your goal is journalism, or embracing a watchdog role on power, or simply exhibiting a little of the ol’ civic duty.

    A point those who share the NYT worldview understood quite well when they were the political opposition during the Bush administration.

  2. A pro-tip for those people who share the NYT worldview: When government screws up and/or abuses power, the most important thing is not the hyperbolic rhetoric of partisans from the opposition party. Particularly if your goal is journalism, or embracing a watchdog role on power, or simply exhibiting a little of the ol’ civic duty.

    They’re not interested in journalism or being a watchdog, they want to be rewarded for being a mouthpiece for the power elite and the president.

    1. CIRCLE THE WAGONS.

    2. Didn’t one of the press releases or opinion pieces after the AP story broke whine about the president not “appreciating” the press? That wording says a lot.

  3. What I find really odd is this idea that the Republicans aren’t supposed to jump all over this. They’re the opposition party. It’s their fucking job. It’s just another one of the many safeguards in our system that doesn’t really work so well after all.

    It’s their job, like it’s the media’s job.

    1. If the GOP doesn’t do exactly what Obama wants they are engaging in destructive partisanship.

      Obama, after all, has the mandate of the people!

    2. A large contingent of the Democratic Party never really disagreed with the power grabs exercised by the Bush White House. They were just sore that they weren’t reaping any of the rewards. Their opposition was only as good as getting the White House back in 2008. The last 5 years have just been a response to all that pent-up anger they felt under the a GOP White House and Congress, and they fully expect to have carte blanche to do what they want for at least 8 years.

      1. It’s impossible to believe otherwise. Abuse of power is no big deal to a very substantial part of the Democratic party.

        I seem to recall the GOP turning on Nixon once it was clear a lot of the accusations were true. That’s incredibly unlikely with Obama.

        1. All of this is residual Rove-envy.

          1. They sure did credit him with almost godlike capabilities.

            Like Obama, it was sheer luck that Bush was elected in 2000–poor slate of candidates and some weariness with Clinton/Gore.

            1. The point of that being that Rove really wasn’t some incredible political mastermind. He just got labeled that way because they needed a bogeyman.

            2. Democrats’ soreness really started with losing in 2000. More so than previous losses, they really thought they were entitled because of how awesome Clinton supposedly ran the 90s.

      2. A large contingent of the Democratic Party never really disagreed with the power grabs exercised by the Bush White House.

        They were just waiting their turn to wield the ring of power. They never really disagreed with executive power grabs in principle because they have none.

        1. Look, it needs to be thrown into a volcano. I thought Gandalf was clear on that.

          1. It’s mine, my own… my PRECIOUSSSSS.

            1. You know, he does look kind of Gollumy.

        2. Liberalism (not lowercase-l) in a nutshell is the quest to find the right king. They do not believe in limited government or individual rights.

          1. I actually meant to say, the quest to elect the right king.

  4. This is just ” he said she said” reporting. Forget context or background information, what matters is who said what about whom. The US says Iran is working on nuclear weapons. Iran says it’s not. What more is there to know?

    1. And remember, Republican have taken this sort of thing too far before! Insist on too much fair and even-handed government, and the people might turn on you, you meanies!

  5. Don’t worry, if your goal is journalism, or embracing a watchdog role on government power, the DOJ is tapping your phones.

  6. The Times is where smart people go to find out what they believe.

  7. I love the partisan pretzel-logic contortions the left is going through to excuse being flat-out lied to by the administration for a solid week, leading to the imprisonment of an innocent man, all the while they knew it was coming and did nothing to prevent it.

    No, no scandal there. Worse, this is probably the least worst thing this administration has done.

    You want to impeach the bastard? Go after him on his real crimes, not for just being a mendacious cunt. But if they did that, the Stupid Party wouldn’t have any good power of their own to abuse when they get back into power.

    1. It’s tribalism.

      Not a goddamn word from any liberal friend about wiretapping. Ditto this IRS scandal — but they were pleased to cite a cosi fan tutti history of Nixon- and Bush-era IRS abuses. (“See? Happens all the time.”)

      And —

      You want to impeach the bastard? Go after him on his real crimes, not for just being a mendacious cunt. But if they did that, the Stupid Party wouldn’t have any good power of their own to abuse when they get back into power.

      Yes. THAT.

  8. Frankly, if there was any sizable population in Washington or in the media with any decency or principles, the whole “murdering American citizens with flying robots without arresting or trying them” thing would have been the scandal that brought the administration down. It doesn’t get any more “high crimes” than that, in my opinion.

    So I don’t think anyone will have cause to be surprised when nothing comes of any of these scandals, either. “It’s not illegal when the President does it” is the law of the land at this point.

  9. Generally the “liberal bias” of the media is a fiction, but not with the NYT or the LAT, both of which routinely editorialize on on the front page.

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