Excuse me, I need some Tylenol.
But I’m not sure the Tylenol will work, so I may have to elevate this to Advil, because I am in serious pain.
I am in pain BECAUSE MY SIDE IS HURTING FROM LAUGHING SO HARD at the sanctimony of these media organizations that are refusing to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder.
OMG, it was a good laugh though.
As you are probably aware, Holder is staging meetoings with the press as part of some process he’s conducting for creating guidelines for when he’s allowed to subpoena reporters for doing their jobs.
And some highly principled new organizations – OMG, I’m starting to laugh again, it’s hurting, please, stop – have decided that anything the unctuous Mr. Holder says with respect to the freedom of the press must be on the record because the public has a right to know.
BWAHAHAHAHA. HA HA HA.
HA HA HA HA.
Oh God, I may need narcotics.
The New York Times, Associated Press, Fox, CBS, Reuters and a few others refused to go unless they could report about the session.
Let’s be clear, an off the record meeting with a top government official is something news organizations normally jump on like cheetahs ripping into ripe antelope rump.
It gives a chance to build connections, pick up a few tips about how things work, maybe even finagle some background information that can be reported or some tips that can be run down if the official will allow it. In this case, there’s the added benefit of being able to influence the attorney general as he sets up his “guidelines” for persecuting reporters, making sure he understands exactly what the problems are with his behavior and why in a democracy he needs to stop it.
THIS IS NOT A NEWS EVENT. It’s a discussion, and the minute it goes on the record all you’ll have is self-important statements from both sides about how freedom of the press is the pillar of the First Amendment and probably just missed the cut for the Ten Commandments.
Sure, part of this is a big “Message: I care” show by Holder, who may or may not have had a Rosebud moment when he remembered that when Republicans were in charge he used to think of himself as a crusader for the very freedoms he’s oppressing. The Washington bureau chiefs he’s invited in for this chat are certainly props in his attempt at self-rehabilitation.
But there are also serious issues to discuss. Whatever one thinks of Holder, the man wields awesome power. And the press ought to jump at the chance to try to let him know directly how he ought to use it.
I’m telling you, off the record briefings and meetings between reporters and officials happen all the time in Washington. But no, now that it involves the Washington press corps and not some issue dear to Joe Blow from Ohio, suddenly everyone’s worried about their strictly kosher for Passover principles.
Please give me a break. FROM MY PAINFUL LAUGHTER.