When you lose the New York Times . . .

Once upon a time, you could count on the New York Times to have President Obama’s back no matter what what he or members of his administration did.

Not anymore.

In its 14 May 2012 edition, the New York Times published an editorial that starts with the following statement:

The Obama administration, which has a chilling zeal for investigating leaks and prosecuting leakers, has failed to offer a credible justification for secretly combing through the phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press in what looks like a fishing expedition for sources and an effort to frighten off whistle-blowers.

Further down, the editorial states the following:

. . . Mr. Holder and Mr. Cole declared their commitment — and that of President Obama — to press freedoms. Mr. Cole said the administration does not “take lightly” such secretive trolling through media records.

We are not convinced.  For more than 30 years, the news media and the government have used a well-honed system to balance the government’s need to pursue criminals or national security breaches with the media’s constitutional right to inform the public. This action against The A.P., as the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press outlined in a letter to Mr. Holder, “calls into question the very integrity” of the administration’s policy toward the press.

You know that you are in trouble when you are a liberal Democrat, and not even the New York Times believes your spin.

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