It’s important to note that Miller was not commissioner when the misconduct occurred. He’s only been on the job since November. Douglas Shulman was head during the relevant period, and he’s scheduled to testify next week. Should be an interesting few days. Especially considering Shulman’s previous testimony:
There is absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back-and-forth that happens when people apply for 501 (c)(4) status.
The AP’s president and CEO, Gary Pruitt, called the action “a massive and unprecedented intrusion by the Department of Justice into the newsgathering activities of The Associated Press.”
“We regard this action by the Department of Justice as a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news,” Pruitt wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday.
Whistleblowers and investigative journalists have been clearly warned, and every DC politico is well aware of the situation. Play ball. That’s the message.
Forcing journalists and would-be whistleblowers to walk on eggshells is not a positive societal development, historically speaking. Yet it is a continuing bi-partisan trend.
The old and occasionally abused axiom that if you aren’t angry, you aren’t paying attention applies here.
I don’t think Mr. Greenwald will be a panel member on Real Time again any time soon. But if Maher ever does have Glenn on his show again, I’ll give him some credit. Because Bill capitulated. He crumpled under Greenwald’s arguments on key foreign policy issues (esp @8:90, watch til the end), and essentially said “I’m bored with this, we’re moving on.”
Greenwald starts around 1:20, but watch from the beginning if you want the full background (starts w/ Benghazi attack).
And my own New Rule, which Bill should apply to himself:
According to BLS inflation statistics, the price of new/used cars is virtually unchanged since 1982. How is this possible, when the real price has multiplied? Through the miracle of hedonic adjustment, where the quality/features of a product affect the manipulated “price”. For example, if a 2013 Ford sedan has airbags and air conditioning standard, and the ’82 version didn’t, the price of the ’13 model is adjusted downward.
The manipulation of inflation data began in the 1980′s, accelerated in the 1990′s, and continues today with new initiatives such as a chained-CPI calculation of payments for social security. For more on this topic, see ShadowStats.com, which calculates current inflation as it was measured in 1980 and 1990.
All these changes result in a artificially lower view of inflation. And regardless of whether you agree with these changes or not, you should at least acknowledge that they make all comparisons to previous inflation data near meaningless.