Remember when the members of the press held the State Department’s feet to the fire and angrily demanded answers about American deaths overseas in Libya? No? The press outrage over the Fast and Furious deaths in Mexico? We don’t either. Apparently it takes the deaths of Palestinians for the Associated Press to take off the gloves and punch until it gets the answers it wants.

In this corner, Matthew Lee of the Associated Press. Defending her title stonewalling for the State Department, spokesperson Victoria Nuland. On the table: Turkey’s Prime Minister today accusing Israel of being a “terrorist state,” and what exactly the United States intends to do about that.

Where is the president to defend a woman under attack and challenge the press to come after him instead, as he did for Amb. Susan Rice during his annual press conference? Oh yeah, Burma.

It’s a “heated exchange,” according to the CNN reporter. In its description of the YouTube video, the AP called it “a spirited exchange.” Viewers on Twitter called it a pummeling, a liquidation and an evisceration. And most of them liked what they saw.

https://twitter.com/Yeldarb_/status/270677382816493568

https://twitter.com/Ichthus71/status/270637308242452480

https://twitter.com/tunkuv/status/270649765228867585

Are you paying attention, reporters? People love it when you ask tough questions of the administration. Imagine the accolades if you’d do this more often — although we wonder if Lee would be as tough with the president in the room.

Can you just hear him asking, “Hope and change … how’s that working out for you?”

Update:

We’ve found at least one viewer who is not amused by Lee’s performance: Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.

Look out, AP. Lee’s “little performance” has landed you on Media Matters’ naughty list of purveyors of “right-wing lies and conservative misinformation.” So, congratulations.

https://twitter.com/MJayRosenberg/status/270704342636564480

  • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

    Expect the progressives to dig into his personal life and ruin him shortly…

  • Peyton

    What’s up with the Obama administration and terrorism? They don’t want to get near that word with a ten foot pole.

    • Garth Haycock

      Obama is an anti-Semite who supports any group that is hell-bent on destroying Israel.

    • Garth Haycock

      Obama is an anti-Semite who supports any group that is hell-bent on destroying Israel.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      because he told everyone that he was the defeater of Osama Bin Laden and terrorism. he’s such a liar.

  • Peyton

    I really don’t like that woman. She gets on my nerves.

    • ocdetf

      She reminds me of Nurse Ratched.

    • SuperFash

      She has already admitted to being “dumb” in one of the briefings.

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    Gotta wonder if this dude still has a job after tomorrow, or has got to walk around the office with a sign that reads, “Call me Charlie Tuna. Soon to be canned” ?
    He has to be a RAAAAAAACISSSSST !!!!!!11!!!ELEVENTY!!11!!

  • medicinewomantwo

    Why the hell they care about the truth now?

  • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

    Yeah, I’m not holding my breath that this is a sign of more real journalism to come. It’s only taken four years for someone to “get tough” with this administration. And no one has the balls to do it with the president himself.

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    The people at the DNC media will tell this reporter you cannot question the state like that. Now Lee, go lay down by your dish.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Obama’s administration will not disagree with Turkey, a muslim nation. I hope that’s where M. Lee was going with his questions. Obama is a muslim, plain and simple. His actions support this fact, on a regular basis.

  • Bad things coming

    Well that reporter is sure to lose his job; can’t have any of that nasty truth crap getting in the way of a plausible denial.

  • Jack Deth

    The Obama administration has done what it usually does. Jack S*it!

    In the hopes that Hamas continues to launch Iranian missiles bought with our tax/aid dollars. As its reign of liberal backed propaganda continues. Personally, it makes me sick.

    And they wonder why we have no viable allies?

  • my preciousss!!

    gimme a break AP. i don’t trust him, just because he is being a “real” reporter. he sounds like a pro-hamas reporter to me. we have been played by the lapdog media far too long, and am not going to buy into his “aggressive” reporting.

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      you’re so right. Don’t trust any of these “reporters” Still doing my own homework.

    • justlisa

      How on earth does Matt Lee calling Nuland out for NOT publicly addressing the defamation of Israel make him a “pro-hamas reporter”?

      I’m not going to get too excited, though… I’m not delusional…the media is still left wing… BUT, Matt Lee did a great job and he deserves credit for it…

    • justlisa

      How on earth does Matt Lee calling Nuland out for NOT publicly addressing the defamation of Israel make him a “pro-hamas reporter”?

      I’m not going to get too excited, though… I’m not delusional…the media is still left wing… BUT, Matt Lee did a great job and he deserves credit for it…

  • Coraapple

    Dayummm!! That made my day!! He put it to Lil Miss Mealy Mouth!!!! Bout friggin time!!! More Please!!!

  • Garth Haycock

    Today’s anti-Semitic media gets its talking points from Hamas.

  • dwsmokin

    So, we have another government spokesperson with little knowledge of her subject, and a reporter with a bit of pit bull in him. Be a lot more interesting if he’d been around a couple of weeks ago.

  • mhojai

    Wow! Such a shame, it’s been so long since there’s been any kind of challenge, that such banal questioning can be hyped as: liquidates.”

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    OMIGOSH. This will bunch guy is hilarious. They even made a cartoon show of Bush. But the media wasn’t tough enough on him? These lefties not only want to ignore History, they want to rewrite it. Somebody better be writing this shit down.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    I had a bout of boehlert the other day–

    I find a few teaspoons of kaopectate clears it right up.

  • DeBaliviere

    Now that’s journalism!

  • ocdetf

    The truth is, this administration does not support Israel. Sometimes (when it is to their benefit) they pretend they support Israel. But, in the final analysis, they do not.

  • allen goldberg

    Eric Boehlert is an idiot..Eric….it ‘s called doing the real job of media..and I am sure you would not recognize it!

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Fuck the AP & Matt Lee for not doing journalism like this for the last four years. Too late now, shitheads. And fuck BO admin and everyone who voted for it.