The media really have nothing to do or are completely bored so they are manufacturing a scandal between Obama and Blags and Fitzgerald.
Obama has said that Obama should not talk about the case until next week.
"In the course of those discussions, the US Attorney's office requested the public release of the Transition review be deferred until the week of December 22, in order not to impede their investigation of the governor. The Transition has agreed to this revised timetable for release."
Obama complies with the prosecutor and suddenly the media gets their freak on. Why won't he release the information NOW?
Here's a memo to the press. STFU... OK, I said that because I'm a dirty hippie blogger and I'm told to STFU all the time... As Country Fair explains, Obama is Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.
And that's the entire point of Weisman's article - that Obama could have blown off Fitzgerald's request. Yet nowhere does Weisman acknowledge the obvious reality that if Obama did so, the media - probably including Weisman himself - and the Republicans would freak out, accusing him of obstruction. That makes it disingenuous at best to suggest that Obama is to blame for the delay in releasing information about contacts between Obama staff and Blago...
The Villagers are restless and need a scandal fix. Please let Obama be on those tapes... I don't blame them, with all the corruption that went on under the Bush administration that they hardly could find any time to report on. And of course since they were lapdogs for Bush and a Democrat won, now it's time for them to get busy with Teh Journamilism.
They're mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.
The interesting things about this is that NBC bureau chief Mark Whittaker is throwing down the gauntlet to Obama and saying that the press feels it has something to prove after being accused of being Bush lapdogs. And his minion Murray is dutifully carrying the boss's water.
Eight years of relentless harassment and character assassination, during which time the village media felt that Clinton and then Gore were "getting away with too much" because none of the endless GOP generated scandals ever came to anything, and so they had to take him down. Then, in order to "prove" they weren't just childish scandal mongers after destroying Al Gore, they went the other way and laid on their backs and let Bush walk all over them as he oversaw the destruction of the country.
Now, in order to once again "prove" they aren't lapdogs, they are going to pick up right where they left off eight years ago, asking endless questions about inconsequential nonsense and breathlessly speculating about what the inconsequential nonsense might mean until a whole lot of people think there must be something to it or these people wouldn't be talking about it so much.
Sorry, he's clean from this mess, but that hasn't stopped the chattering class from attacking Obama on almost every show. You can bet that when he does release the information, that will not be good enough. I'm sure one of them will latch onto a phrase or an odd wording in a sentence and blow it up as big as they can.
I can't wait for the holidays to get here. We all need a break and I might actually take some time off.