Then vs. Now: The Media’s Coverage Says It All

When the Obama admin asked Bush-era U.S. attorneys to resign in 2009, Politico reported on it as a procedural “replacement” process. When Trump’s team did the same thing in 2017, the same outlet reported they were “ousting” those attorneys.

As Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston points out, the differences go beyond the headline.

“The 2009 article was also written as a straight news piece with no negative connotations, no finger wagging and no voices of opposition,” writes Huston.

To the contrary, he points out, Politico said, “Obama’s order ‘began to resolve the questions’ over whether Obama would fire Bush’s attorneys in light of the trouble Bush got into from the left when he fired some of Clinton’s appointees in 2006.”

It’s also worth noting that Politico’s 2009 piece on Obama is 482 words. Its piece on President Trump? 1,036 words.

What does Politico do with all those extra words? Well, it includes plenty of dissenting voices, including Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who was upset about the removal of Preet Bharara.

“The President initiated a call to me in November and assured me he wanted Mr. Bharara to continue to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District,” said Schumer.

“The President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations hindering the administration of justice,” he continued.

The article goes on to explore some of Sessions’ policies that have been controversial, including his “pushing for tougher prosecution of gun and drug offenses and parting company with the Obama administration’s embrace of more lenient sentences for some drug convicts.”

Politico’s 2009 article does not provide the same level of analysis of Obama AG Eric Holder’s agenda.

These differences in coverage have not gone unaddressed by social media users.

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  1. Dogtired

    March 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Traditional and now even cable news has lost its objectivity. Online is in its assendancy, but it has many issues.

    • dsoberg

      March 13, 2017 at 7:09 am

      assendancy ascendancy

      • Kranky Old Guy

        March 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        Hmmm…. maybe Dogtired was right with his spelling.

        • dsoberg

          March 14, 2017 at 6:01 am


  2. CORMAC___NJ

    March 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    This happens every time a new president comes into office. If he’s a Democrat, scant mention is made of the attorney replacements. When he’s a Republican, the media howls in rage and acts like a gross violation has been committed. EVERY time!!

    • champ

      March 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      As I recall, when GW Bush was president, and he nominated his Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez, to a seat on the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats made a big stink about the fact that Gonzalez had asked for and received the resignations of staff attorneys to the Justice Department who had been appointed by the Clinton administration. Dems ended up scuttling Gonzalez’ nomination…

  3. HT

    March 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Janet Reno fired 90+ attorneys from Bush Sr.’s administration. Why are liberals such scumbags?

    • Paulie

      March 13, 2017 at 3:45 am

      It’s an innate part of their nature. They assume moral superiority and take umbrage at everything from that basis. In fact though they are considerably morally inferior, and suffer from quite questionable ethics, as evidenced by their support for things like full-term abortion, allowing men to use female washrooms (potentially exposing young girls to sexual predators) and a multitude of other perversions. They will support anything that has a destructive effect on Western culture.

  4. Manius

    March 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Going just by the timing of the news reports, Trump’s changes look about two months or so earlier than Obama’s was. Interesting, I wonder if they’re “ahead of typical schedule” on other things too…

  5. Sol

    March 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    All mainstream news is Fake News. Even Fox with few exceptions (but even they will probably be fired).

    • KittyKat27

      March 16, 2017 at 11:53 am

      I wish they would call it what it really is – nothing but a bunch of lies. Even the term Fake News sounds ridiculously politically correct.

  6. Miro Rodozov

    March 13, 2017 at 12:54 am

    The moral of the story is simply – when we are bad against people, it’s based on personal decision to express different point of view against this harmful SJWs polluting internet with bullshit, when they are bad against us it’s totally organized and well planned attack aiming to destroy us because we disagree with them.No bitch, it’s just you are not good enough, and thats why you lost. Hiding behind characteristics specific for the members of the groups you so viciously attack may be sufficient for MSM, but internet is a different place, where this doesn’t seems legit because you are just a gay nazi around here. Actually not, you don’t have all characteristics required for being gay, since you lack compassion for opressed minorities. Therefore you are alt-sexual, not gay 🙂 I wish you well and soon to meet a worthy liberal troll counterpart to match your skill for logical fallacies usage and lousy trolling. So that we finally get some fun out of your suffuring 😀

    • dsoberg

      March 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Alt-sexual, I like that.

  7. ThewlynOh ✓certifiable

    March 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    it’s Politico, i’m surprised they got up off their knees during their daily Øbama-fellatio quality time to actually “report” something…

  8. HT

    March 15, 2017 at 9:41 am

    It’s not even slanted journalism, it’s outright left wing propaganda.

  9. KittyKat27

    March 16, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Being a good NY Democrat, he probably forced Trump to fire him so he could draw unemployment!

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