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Costello: Wolves At Obama’s Door

A week ago, the Washington Post editorial board felt compelled to remind its readers that “the press must have the ability to ask questions.” That editorial was in reaction to two known occasions when the Department of Justice accessed the phone records and emails of journalists who did dare to ask questions. The Post was defending the constitutional right of journalists to conduct investigative journalism, even if it causes discomfort to the most powerful man on Earth. Of course, if the Post and its liberal news media brethren hadn't allowed this right to atrophy over the last five years, then its editors wouldn't have had to remind people that freedom of the press still exists. Press harassment was just one of myriad scandals that have erupted in recent weeks. In the meantime, Barack Obama sandwiched Scandalpalooza with two speeches in which he argued for Americans yielding ever more control of their lives to an all-powerful federal government whose benevolence should not be questioned/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: How long will the scandals now dogging the Obama administration hinder its effectiveness? Or have the scandals hindered it at all?

SR: Federal Shield Law Needed

The U.S. Justice Department’s spying on the Associated Press was an underhanded act that ought to frighten everyone. Rather than ask the news agency for information about alleged leaks of national security information, the department ignored its own guidelines and went straight to the phone companies with wide-ranging subpoenas. Here’s the specific Justice Department rule in such cases: “Negotiations with the affected member of the news media shall be pursued in all cases in which a subpoena for the telephone toll records of any member of the news media is contemplated where the responsible Assistant Attorney General determines that such negotiations would not pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation in connection with which the records are sought”/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is a federal shield law needed in this country?

ESPN Analyst James Ranks BSU 24th

ESPN analyst Craig James has drawn the ire of Boise State football fans again this week with his ballot in The Associated Press Top 25. James ranked the Broncos 24th — seven spots lower than any of the other 59 panelists. And those seven points were costly. If James had voted the Broncos 17th, they’d be tied for No. 6 instead of tied for No. 9. Earlier this year, James railed against the Broncos as national title contenders on ESPN’s “BCS Countdown” show. James had the Broncos ranked No. 8 before their loss to TCU, tied for the lowest among AP voters. He dropped them to No. 25 after that one-point loss/Dan Popkey, Statesman. More here. H/T: Orbusmax.

Question: Is it fair that one person with voting privileges can pull once-defeated Boise State down in the polls as a result of his ridiculous balloting?

Palin: It’s ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) called out The Associated Press on Twitter Thursday for its decision to avoid the term “Ground Zero mosque” in its coverage. She also knocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for suggesting Wednesday that the funding for the project’s opponents merits scrutiny. “Pelosi’s investigation of Harry Reid&Howard Dean&others who oppose Ground Zero Mosque will be enlightening, we’re sure,” Palin began, noting a comment made by Pelosi during a radio interview that just as the public should know about the mosque’s backers, so should they know who is funding its opponents. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are two high-profile Democrats who oppose the mosque in its proposed location/Elise Viebeck, The Hill. More here

  • Cutline: Pedestrians stop to argue with Abu Rahman, right, Matt Sky, second from right, and Julia Lundy, third from right, as they stand in front of the site of a proposed  mosque near  ground  zero in New York on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Question: What do you make of the policy by the Associated Press to avoid the term ‘Ground Zero mosque’ in discussing the controversial proposal?

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