Because the mainstream left-wing establishment media seem to lack any sense of impartiality when former President Barack Hussein Obama’s self-professed “wingman” published an op-ed this week trashing Attorney General Bill Barr, some of them rushed at the chance to uncritically share his words with their respective audiences.
MSNBC led the pack, with host as Mika Brzezinski, a woman described by Wikipedia as a “journalist,” bobbing her head in agreement Thursday as, one by one, her fellow guests and speakers all agreed with everything Obama’s “wingman” had written.
Obama’s self-professed “wingman” was former Attorney General Eric Holder, a man who routinely functioned more as the former president’s top henchman versus the country’s top law enforcement officer.
In a bid to protect both the then-president and his allies, Holder repeatedly lied to Congress, avoided prosecuting certain bad actors, stonewalled certain investigations, was held in contempt of Congress and much, much, much more.
But you won’t hear any of that on MSNBC.
Nor will you likely hear it from The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman:
“Even more troubling — and telling — was a later (and little-noticed) section of his remarks, in which Barr made the outlandish suggestion that Congress cannot entrust anyone but the president himself to execute the law.” https://t.co/9k7X4vV0lb
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 12, 2019
Nor CNN analyst Max Boot:
.@EricHolder: “Barr’s words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution…. I now fear that his conduct — running political interference for an increasingly lawless president — will wreak lasting damage.” https://t.co/He2ASkBAt2
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) December 12, 2019
Nor The Atlantic’s David Frum:
— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 12, 2019
Nor NBC News national security contributor Frank Figliuzzi:
Agreed. Eric Holder: William Barr is unfit to be attorney general – The Washington Post https://t.co/0bnpxIoTLV
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) December 12, 2019
Nor anybody at HuffPost:
Former Attorney General Eric Holder has excoriated William Barr in a new op-ed. Barr “is unfit to lead the Justice Department,” Holder said. https://t.co/UX2J8Apoic
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) December 12, 2019
Nor The Washington Post fact-checker Sal Rizzo:
Holder on Barr:
“unscrupulous criminal defense lawyer”
“instrument of politics”
“until recently a widely respected lawyer”
“running political interference for an increasingly lawless president”
— Sal Rizzo (@rizzoTK) December 12, 2019
Nor even some at Fox News:
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) December 12, 2019
For them only one narrative appears to exist: Eric Holder good, Bill Barr bad.
The notion of nuance and, more specifically, of the two being wildly different men with differing but arguably equally valid ideological bends and agendas is simply anathema, it would seem, to anyone viewing the world through a partisan lens.
The same appears to be true of Holder, whose op-ed offered a glaringly partisan overview of the current AG’s actions in office. To hear him tell it, Barr is a “naked partisan” political hack “unfit to be the attorney general.”
As for those Obama administration officials who erred time and time again in their handling of the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, they’re all heroes, including presumably even disgraced former FBI Director James Comey:
To the men and women of DOJ/FBI: stay strong, keep the faith, be true to the oath you have sworn, be secure in the knowledge that you have the support of the American people. The era of Trump and Barr will pass-their slander, insults and lies will end. We respect & believe in you
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 11, 2019
It’s not “slander insults and lies” to rightly note that, according to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s just-released report, the FBI and DOJ did screw up “bigly” when trying to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant against the president’s campaign operatives.
So much so, in fact, that Horowitz has since reportedly launched an audit of how the department obtains its FISA warrants.
But none of this appears to be of any concern to Holder, who like his media allies only seems to view one side of the grand picture.
For those who perceive things more clearly, however, their response has been, well, different:
Talk about projection … from the guy voted in contempt of Congress https://t.co/CUPigMCIyL
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) December 12, 2019
— Montgomery Granger (@mjgranger1) December 13, 2019
Attention, Nation of Cowards: a guy who ran guns to Mexico and was held in contempt of Congress has something to say. https://t.co/HvjOwSVTib
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) December 12, 2019
Eric Holder should be more careful as an attorney. He (like all on the left) tries to redefine terms that actually have a substantive meaning. “Unfit” does NOT mean “Barr’s in the Trump Administration & I don’t like him.” Eric, you should be embarrassed. https://t.co/kv9iSuU2og
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) December 12, 2019
Maybe Eric Holder can teach Barr the ethics of how to push through the pardon of an absconded felon as a pay off to his rich wife who writes checks to Democrat politicians
Or how to cover up a program where Feds forced gun sellers to put weapons in hands of Mexican drug cartels https://t.co/NxEnFJOOui
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) December 12, 2019
— Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) December 13, 2019
Obama “wing man” Eric Holder, who was held in contempt by Republicans and Democrats, whose DOJ gave thousands of guns to narco terrorists who killed hundreds, has serious thoughts about Bill Barr. https://t.co/RkGlPTRnHT
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) December 12, 2019
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