I don’t expect anything remotely like integrity from the Washington Post or New York Times, but Saturday’s article by Charlie Savage deifying Eric Holder is the kind of cult worship that would embarrass even the North Korean press.
Any decent reporter would have hit back hard on the following comment by the Attorney General, knowing a lightning rod of a charge when he hear it.
But Mr. Holder contended that many of his other critics — not only elected Republicans but also a broader universe of conservative commentators and bloggers — were instead playing “Washington gotcha” games, portraying them as frequently “conflating things, conveniently leaving some stuff out, construing things to make it seem not quite what it was” to paint him and other department figures in the worst possible light.
Of that group of critics, Mr. Holder said he believed that a few — the “more extreme segment” — were motivated by animus against Mr. Obama and that he served as a stand-in for him. “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” he said, “both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
In no uncertain terms, Holder accuses his critics of trying to take him down merely for being black.
This accusation of racism – levied against federal law enforcement officers, Congressional investigators, bloggers, and the media – is stunning. It is a page-one racist claim in it’s own right, deserving outrage and scrutiny. And yet, Pulitzer-winning Charlie Savage of the New York Times accepts it without challenge and merely jots down the incredible claim as if it was another item on a shopping list.
Katie Pavlich rips into Holder and Savage for the outrageous comment, as well she should.
Do you want to talk about real, racism, Attorney General Holder?
Real racism is thinking that you can stonewall investigators for a year, and cover-up your crimes with a sham internal investigation led by an acting inspector general with whom you’ve worked and who should recuse herself for a blatant conflict of interest. Real racism is expecting that you can get away with felonies, and conceal crimes, just because you’re willing to cry racism. Real racism is thinking that no one will care that hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens – men, women and children – have died as a result of a gun-walking program that happened on your watch.
Real racism, Mr. Holder, is your utter indifference to the murders of Latinos that are the most frequent victims of your crimes.
But we won’t see Charlie Savage reporting that.
Update: Savage lied in his article as well.
In a New York Times interview with Attorney General Eric Holder, published Sunday, author Charlie Savage made use of a factual inaccuracy in what was — in effect — a defense of Holder from his chorus of critics.
Savage wrote that there are no “documents or testimony” to support allegations that Holder knew of the “gunwalking” tactics employed in Operation Fast and Furious.
“Mr. Holder has denounced the tactics used in the operation, known as ‘gunwalking,’ but said he did not know about them or sanction their use,” Savage wrote. “No documents or testimony have shown otherwise, but Republicans have pummeled him at oversight hearings and in news media appearances.”
Savage made these statements without attribution.
Despite those assertions, Holder’s office was provided with multiple briefings and memos about Operation Fast and Furious by top Justice Department officials. The memos contained intimate details of how Holder’s DOJ allowed guns to walk.
All in service of the cause, of course.