As Government’s Power Grabs Grow, Media’s Coverage Diminishes

As Government’s Power Grabs Grow, Media’s Coverage Diminishes
July 1, 2013

Seton Motley

Seton Motley is the president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to... (read full bio)

The Barack Obama Administration has been on a five-plus-year-long  Collect-As-Much-Information-On-Us-As-Possible spree.

With Tens of Millions of Phone Records Grabbed – It’s the  Government, Stupid

‘Thousands of NSA Analysts Can Listen to Domestic Phone Calls,’  Read Emails, Texts, IMs

Latest Big Government Data Grab: Justice Sues to Get It Without  a Warrant

IRS Tea Party Scandal Shows Government Should Be Kept Away From  Our Data

IRS-Conservatives, Justice-AP, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, HHS,  EPA – This is Big Government

These incredible, all-encompassing violations of our Constitutional rights  actually drew (shocker) some negative coverage from the usually sycophantic  White House Stenographer (Press) Pool. 

Of course, mostly when it was the media on whom the President was illegally  collecting information.

Gov't Obtains Wide AP Phone Records in Probe --  Associated Press (AP)

DOJ Confirms Holder OK'd Search Warrant for Fox News Reporter's  Emails -- NBC News

How Prosecutors Fought to Keep Rosen's Warrant Secret -- New  Yorker

But the media’s brief dedication to duty has long since waned.  All the while, news of Big Government’s usurpation of our data - already huge - waxed considerably. 

It would appear the Jurassic Press is just fine with the Leviathan’s  tentacles encircling any and everyone - just as long as it isn’t them.

How the NSA is Still Harvesting Your Online Data

Files show vast scale of current NSA metadata  programs, with one stream alone celebrating 'one trillion records  processed'

NSA Collected U.S. Email Records in Bulk for More Than Two Years  Under Obama

Number of Federal Wiretaps Rose 71 Percent in 2012

Senators Ask if NSA Collected Gun Data

Potential to construct gun database, senators  say

Has President Obama in any way reconsidered his Pseudo-Hoover Administration impersonation?  Ummm,  no.

White House Requests $70 Billion for New Intelligence Programs,  Operations

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What  You Say)

Think NSA Spying Is Bad? Here Comes ObamaCare  Hub

And now the media - in order to defend President Obama - seem more than  happy to throw even each other under the bus.

Obama’s War on Journalism

Perhaps most troubling? The president is being aided  by a cadre of Benedict Arnolds within the media itself.

One of them is “Meet the Press” host David Gregory,  who, after saying journalist Glenn Greenwald “aided and abetted” NSA  whistle-blower Edward Snowden, demanded to know of the reporter: “Why shouldn’t  you be charged with a crime?”

On the same “Meet the Press” program, NBC’s Chuck Todd  didn’t want to know whether the NSA’s surveillance is illegal, but instead  demanded to know “how much was (Greenwald) involved in the plot” to expose the  NSA’s potential crimes.

They were subsequently followed up by New York Times  business reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin, who, after years of writing hagiography  that helped Wall Streeters avoid prosecution, called for Greenwald’s  arrest.

In the midst of all of this, we had a September 9 D.C. Circuit Court date set for the lawsuit  against the Administration’s illegal All-Encompassing-Internet-Power-Grab Network  Neutrality - which gives the government access to every website on the  planet.

About which we have warned for quite a while.

Net Neutrality Power Grab Is Worse than  ObamaCare

Forget the ‘Fairness’ Doctrine – Net Neutrality is the Future of  Censorship

Obama Official-Network Neutrality Deviser Says First Amendment  Doesn't Apply to Our Computers

'Thanks for the Trillion Dollar Investment - We'll Take it  (Over) from Here. Sincerely, the Government'

The Obama Administration is Killing the  Internet

The media, meanwhile, has all along ignored the sinister aspects of this  Obama Web power grab. 

Will they now - after all these other data grabs have come to light - report  properly on Net Neutrality? 

What do you think?

[First Published on NewsBusters]

Seton Motley

Seton Motley is the president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to... (read full bio)