I reported Sunday to you on the IRS scandal involving the targeting of Tea party, Conservative, Constitutionalists, and Patriot groups for silencing by intimidation. In denying these groups their rightful tax exempt status, the regime probably limited donations to these groups, and scared off others who didn't want to get involved and find themselves the targets of an IRS probe. The thuggery worked, and probably affected the 2012 elections. Certainly, it will have an effect on the 2014 mid-term elections. That is the reason for the IRS to be taking these actions. By drying up the money that the groups and candidates use to get out their messages, they limit the speech of these groups.
Now comes reports that Fox News reporter James Rosen was named as a criminal co-conspirator in a DOJ probe into State Department leaks concerning North Korea. Rosen was simply doing his job, as have countless other reporters. Katie Pavlich has the story at Townhall.com. You can click through her story to read about it at the WaPo as well. The HuffPo adds that journalists are outraged. I would hope so.
What these two scandals have in common is the attempt to intimidate people into not speaking up. In one case, it is groups of Conservative people who get together, educate each other, plan actions to advance their cause: smaller government that stays within the confines of the Constitution, and lives up to the ideals of equal treatment under the law. In the second case, it is to intimidate reporters into not reporting information the regime wants kept under wraps. It has largely enjoyed such a situation with the MSM, who failed to tell us who and what this President was until far too late. Indeed, we have to learn from Pravda that Obama is a crypto communist according to the TheBlaze. From the Pravda article:
Well, any normal individual understands that as true but liberalism is a psychosis . O'bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like "fast and furious" and there is still no sign of ending it. He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama's fools and Stalin's fools share the same drink of illusion.I hope the targeting of James Rosen for doing his job has opened the eyes of the media to the reign of terror being unleashed in the United States. I'd like to believe that most liberals want the same things I do, but we disagree on how to go about it. I'd like to believe that, but it will require a press that scrutinizes and reports on the foibles of both parties, not just one sided reporting. A free people requires a free press.
Update 5/21/2013: Kirsten Powers of the Daily Beast, and sometime Fox News contributor has an article up at the Daily Beast excoriating the Lamestream Media yesterday entitled How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press. The Daily Beast can not be considered a conservative outlet in any way.
Now it seems that Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has had her computer compromised. The report comes from Katie Pavlich over at Townhall.com today. Ms. Attkisson can not be sure who got into her computer, but it is telling, coming at a time when we are finding out the DOJ has been looking at reporters e-mail and phone records.