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AP’s Silence on Holder’s Troubling Record

Note the use of the passive in this AP piece on the confirmation of Eric Holder as Attorney General: “Holder also will have to rehabilitate a department that under President George W. Bush was criticized for injecting politics in hiring career officials and firings of U.S. attorneys.”

Oh, and who criticized it for injecting politics into the administration of justice?  Amazing that a “news agency” could run an entire article on Holder’s confirmation, dwell on the policies of the previous Administration, but barely mention Holder’s record as the second in command in the Clinton Justice Department, also criticized for politicization.

The article basically rehashes the standard Democratic criticisms of the Bush Administration Justice Department.  And this is all we get about Holder’s controversial tenure in the Clinton Administration:  “Even his critics agreed that Holder was well-qualified, but they questioned his positions and his independence.”  Um, they did more than question.  Here are just a few of the troubling things in his record.

Once again, we see the MSM helping Obama “by not reporting” troubling details of his team, instead turning their attention to alleged scandals in the Bush Administration.   Like some of our critics, they’d rather berate Bush than consider Democratic misdeeds.

There was something else in the AP article which said a lot about how both leading Democrats and the media few politics:  “Holder’s chief supporter, Sen. Patrick Leahy, said the confirmation was a fulfillment of civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s dream that everyone would be judged by the content of their character.”  It’s almost as if they assume that the historical nature of the appointment obscures Holder’s controversial record.

I do share Dr. King’s dream that people be judged by the content of their character.  And if we were to so judge Holder, just looking at his record, we’d find Holder not qualified to serve as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.



  1. Leahy, blech. I’m getting tired of these old fossils on BOTH sides still in the Senate fighting battles and trying to enact legislation at least 30 years out-of-date. Leahy has had his claws on that Senate seat since 1975 – that’s MOST of my lifetime. 7 out of the 10 longest serving Senators are Democrats. Enough. Can we at least get a change of faces from both parties???

    Comment by John — February 2, 2009 @ 8:58 pm - February 2, 2009

  2. How did Clinton’s firing of all the US District Attorneys early in his first term slip everyone’s recollection? Oh yeah, he’s a Dem…

    Comment by in_awe — February 3, 2009 @ 1:01 am - February 3, 2009

  3. Holder is an enemy of the Second Amendment. He never should have been confirmed. (See this weeks Lighthouse, by the Independent Institute) Shame on Orrin Hatch for his vote to confirm.

    Comment by Roberto — February 3, 2009 @ 11:01 am - February 3, 2009

  4. […] **  AG Holder is still one to watch …. […]

    Pingback by HopeyChange, Daschle and Obama’s Afghan War « Over-the-Hill Oracles — February 3, 2009 @ 11:47 am - February 3, 2009

  5. Silence of the Lambs… or in this case, Sheep.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — February 3, 2009 @ 1:00 pm - February 3, 2009

  6. With the Dhimmicrats, it’s always about symbolism over substance. Starting with the POTUS on down.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 3, 2009 @ 3:43 pm - February 3, 2009

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