Deep background: Justice Dept. reportedly obtained records of AP reporters’ phone calls

It was a wonderful sight to see members of the White House press corps finally getting upset about something, and some reporters were clearly not pleased to have been excluded from Press Secretary Jay Carney’s “deep background” briefing on Benghazi for a hand-selected group of journalists granted the golden ticket. Today, however, brings another revelation that should throw cold water on the press’ love affair with President Boyfriend.

What’s up this time? It looks like Eric Holder’s Justice Department has been secretly looking into the phone records of some Associated Press reporters. Remember when the Left lost it over the idea that President Bush was going through everyone’s library records? Let’s see how the press reacts to this one.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

AP CEO Gary Pruitt wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers for what he calls “a massive and unprecedented intrusion” into AP’s affairs. “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of the Associated Press and its reporters,” wrote Pruitt.

The Justice Department must have had a good reason, right?

Time’s Michael Crowley is already warning off those conservatives who might deign to make an issue out of this. The AP doesn’t sound too happy about it, and we’re not aware of it being a conservative organization.

Perhaps, but one transgression certainly doesn’t preclude the other. There’s room for lots of scandals with this administration.

All right, media: it’s your move.

  • b_truit

    The walls of Jericho are crumbling. Lets hope they now catch fire this time, before the earth quake swallows them.

  • Smiley

    The dominoes keep tumbling for Milhouse Soetoro.
    And his media henchmen, apparently.

  • Renny

    It’s the story of the little girl picking up the frozen snake, then gets bit. “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”. Wake up media. You’re not exempt.


    BooHoo, I’m not feeling bad or sorry for the dinosaur media, you stepped into the tar pit

    • Jeremy

      agreed they knew who they were getting in bed with.

    • Brett McMicken

      funny, how every condom in the box has a tear in it.

  • journogal

    Didn’t an AP reporter ask the first question at the WH presser this morning? Didn’t she ask about the IRS and Bengahzi? Perhaps this is payback…

  • ceemack

    So, the Obama administration is going after both its Tea Party opponents and its water-carriers in the “mainstream” “news” media.

    They seem awfully confused…

    • yahneverknow

      So begins the desperation flail.

    • dr44

      Yeah, they’re confused. But mostly they’re just unspeakably paranoid.

      • Kyle Schroeck

        Very Nixonesque. By the way, who is the one troll voting down all the posts.

        • Brett McMicken

          who is the one troll voting down all the posts.


          the real-life equivalent of Parsons, from 1984. Big ‘Bama is doubleplusgood you know.

  • waterytart

    It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s delectable, it’s delirious, it’s de lemma, it’s de limit, it’s deluxe, it’s de lovely!!!

    Sorry, only Cole Porter can properly express my glee that Jug Ears skirt has just blown up over his head.*snicker*

  • sb36695

    Somebody must be getting out of line! Time for reeducation.

  • Billie Slash

    HA! Looks like the media went to bed at 2 with a “10” (Obama), now they’re waking up at 10 with a “2”. Damn the bad luck!!

  • Afterseven

    AP Breaks Obama/AP Scandal Story …..20 minutes after Gosnell Murder Verdicts. #DistractionAgenda #Squirrel!

    • trixiewoobeans

      Yes everybody, keep your eyes on Benghazi. It must be horrible beyond imagining for these desperate measures!

    • MurphTacular

      LOL. Conspiracy-minded much?

  • Clayton Grant

    Anyone giving odds on how long before they shout “The Partiot Act gives us the power to do this”?

    • BlahBlah


      • Clayton Grant

        I’m sure it will be something like that.

      • rivers

        So then it’s good? Or just excused? Or, just Bush’s fault, I’m not following…?

        • BlahBlah

          Uh… OK I’ll spell it out.

          As we all know the Patriot Act was signed by president George W. Bush. Therefore I suggested that the admin would blame Bush because of the Patriot Act that they kept but never mind that now we must blame Bush because we always blame Bush. I hope you noticed we always blame Bush.

          • MyrmidoNOT

            Ummm…I’m all for ‘blaming’ “teh oone”…

          • rivers

            Got it. Can we also blame that racist cabal of tea partiers over at the AP who are just mad that Holder and Obama are black? That’s always a good one.
            (It’s just that it’s hard to tell the difference between the fake stupid arguments and the actual stupid arguments that the progs make on here.)

          • BlahBlah

            I used all caps to express ultimate outrage in my best progressive voice. :/

        • CatHerder

          I believe it’s called sarcasm.

  • Judy Taylor

    First they came for the AP…

  • ObamaFail

    It’s like the lamestream media has an overbearing boyfriend. Tapping their phones? I’m guessing Obama and Holder are afraid that their followers at AP and other news sources who worship them are thinking of reporting facts instead of White House talking points.

  • abe-froman

    Well how bout that …. the media suffering from flesh eating virus. The only solution? Amputate Holder now!

  • NoPasaran

    JourNOlisting will still get you a fisting.

  • BlahBlah

    Neener neener.

    That’s all I got.

  • gunsmithkat

    Gonna need a bigger bus, I suggest one of those Monster truck, thingys.

  • NRPax

    Maybe they think we’ll forget some scandals if they keep piling more on?

    • King James

      Lets not forget pigford

    • Mickey O’Brien

      Already have. What about the New Black Panthers? What about Fast & Furious? Brilliant strategy. Scandal du jour to deflect attention from Benghazi and IRS, hoping (or perhaps counting on) the American people’s attention cannot multitask.

  • Jeremy

    Yet another scandal.
    What scandals? -MSNBC

  • rivers

    Well clearly the AP is only upset about this because Obama and Holder are black! Those RAAAAACISTS wouldn’t care at all if it had been a white AG/President! Like say, BUSH!
    And since it’s hard to distinguish utterly asinine sarcastic arguments from actual asinine arguments that liberals put forth on this site, let me just say to be clear /SARC!!!

  • RblDiver

    Nice news organization you have there, shame if anything were to happen to it…

  • CO2 Producer

    AP Stylebook @APStylebook 13 May
    Department of Justice changed to Department of Jerkfaces

  • stillinthe60s

    Didn’t the AP CEO give BO a pre-election intro at some media confab last year? I believe the video may be found in a Google archive under “Man Love”. Seems the affair may be over.

    • wwbdinct

      Yes he did! I remember that very well. This doesn’t make sense that they would spy on their own “loved ones”.

  • TocksNedlog

    It’s just too bad that we didn’t elect someone with business management experience to keep all of these low-level staffers in line.

  • Saddlebum

    So is it Obamagate or Holdergate? Will anyone lose their job over this?…..Opps! Dumb question….of coarse not. Just a passing thought, I wonder if there is enough Special Prosecutors in the US to investigate everything that comes up in Obama’s 2nd term??

  • Kristin Schroeder

    How will MSNBC blame the republicans for this??

    • Secede

      It’s obviously Rush’s fault this time !

  • Silenttype78

    No problem….Soon the lib-progs will come tell us all how this is all because of Booooosh-Cheney-Haliburton!
    Or…maybe yet another “Low Level” employee ….or a kiosk.

    The Obama must be protected…You Guys.

  • tjp77

    OBAMA: Resign while you still have a shred of dignity.

    • Wilkins Micawber

      He lost his last shred of decency long ago.

    • Squirrel!

      Dignity…. that’s funny! Really, it is!

  • TheFinalOpinion


    Wait, this better not mean the AP is going to swap sides here… I don’t WANT those ass clowns on my side! Buy the ticket, take the ride, AP!! You’re on the train til she pulls into the station (or what is left of it) in 2016!!

  • Murphy Linn Spears

    this is my wet dream

  • King James

    I think the unicorn died.

  • Sharkteeth

    Obama was watching the press on its knees in the mirror. Pervert

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Love all the under-educated libs who feign surprise by this, the Benghazi cover-up, the IRS thuggery, etc. Dumbasses. Does anyone now not get that this Chicago street thug and his monkey minions are not fit to hold public office and are in no way deserving of the public trust?

    Be ever mindful that this barrage of “announcements” is likely a smokescreen and a distraction for something else that this ass-clown and is posse are up to.

  • Timothy Kennedy

    Not wanting to feed the flames of conspiracy, but I think that Holder (Obama) was looking for evidence to keep, their slack-jawed Cretans of the press, in line. They (the press) dare to “tell the truth”, they get a nasty dose of exposure. If that doesn’t work, what’s next? Visits in the middle of the night by Holders goose-stepping goons?

    • forgetyoutooo

      DOJ now has tons of personal information to use against these reporters, they know know and reported the same blackmailing of Paetraus….this is going nowhere, that’s why Obama released it – to deflect from Benghazi

  • MyrmidoNOT

    Again, agree w/Perino meme…

    The OBAMA administration (not the DOiJ) targeted
    “Reporters”…so why blame ‘one of your’ own departments?!?

  • MurphTacular

    Yep. I can’t think of an administration that hasn’t wanted to “fix the leaks.” That’s why G. Gordon Liddy called his boys, The Plumbers. This. Is. Sloppy.

  • Gallatin

    I don’t see what is wrong with all of this after all the Constitution was written a long time ago by a bunch of old racist white guys. I’m sure musket morgan has no problem with this attack on the AP.

  • Garth Haycock

    NOW the media is upset?

    Go ahead and use the abuse of power to go after the American citizens, but how dare you do it to us!

    I’ll shed no tears for the AP.

  • richmich68

    Does anyone really believe that the doj will actually hold the obama white house accountable for anything? If O goes down they go down. They are partners in crime

  • forgetyoutooo

    Deflecting from Benghazi. Big Brother Holder now has personal information on 20 AP reporters and anyone they spoke with. This is going nowhere and that’s why it was released. Blackmail and intimidation, Chicago Thug Politics.

  • Secede

    Maybe, just MAYBE, this will break the suction between reporter’s lips and Obama’s rear end……

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Hmmm…always wondered what “created” the vacuum…
      inside “teh oone’s” head. Now I know. Thanx!! 😉

  • Jd Crow

    Since the Press is so eager to carry the Administrations water on 2nd Amendment infringement….How’s it feel to have the Administrations first salvo attacking the 1st Amendment feel now? The 1st amendment cant be defended without the 2nd.

  • T.O.

    When it all gets to be too much, I come here. Reading Twitchy makes it a bit more tolerable. “DUDE WTF?!” is going to run through my head as I giggle myself to sleep.

  • TDS

    Well, the calls were obviously flagged for review because they kept using terrorist key-words such as ‘Republican’, ‘Conservative’, ‘Tea Party’, ‘Second Amendment’, etc…
    Once they do a complete review and determine that the context of most of the conversations was AGAINST the above things, it will be a non-issue to the DOJ.

  • TDS

    Well, the calls were obviously flagged for review because they kept using terrorist key-words such as ‘Republican’, ‘Conservative’, ‘Tea Party’, ‘Second Amendment’, etc…
    Once they do a complete review and determine that the context of most of the conversations was AGAINST the above things, it will be a non-issue to the DOJ.

  • Lisa Dean

    Smells like Watergate 2.0

  • Lisa Dean

    Smells like Watergate 2.0