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Sunday, May 26, 2013

CBS's Bob Schieffer: 'How About Someone Other Than Holder' Investigate Holder? 'Makes No Sense'

CBS's Bob Schieffer: 'How About Someone Other Than Holder' Investigate Holder? 'Makes No Sense'

Noel Sheppard's picture

As NewsBusters has been reporting, CBS's Bob Schieffer has been coming down hard on the Obama administration in recent weeks.

That continued Sunday when the Face the Nation host delivered a special commentary wherein he said that Attorney General Eric Holder heading the review of his department "so deeply involved" in the leaks investigation scandal "makes no sense to me" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

BOB SCHIEFFER: People often ask me, “Of all the administrations you’ve covered, which was the most secretive and manipulative?" The Nixon Administration retired the trophy, of course. Since then my answer is which ever administration is currently in power.

Information management has become so sophisticated every administration learns from the previous one. Each finds new ways to control the flow of information. It’s reached the point that if I want to interview anyone in the administration on camera—from the lowest-level worker to a White House official—I have to go through the White House Press Office. If their chosen spokesman turns out to have no direct connection to the story of the moment—as was the case when U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was sent out to explain the Benghazi episode—then that’s what we, and you the taxpayer, get, and it usually isn’t much.

So I am glad the President has asked the Attorney General to review whether his investigations into leaks is having a chilling effect on journalists. But it shouldn’t stop there. The President needs to rethink his entire communications policy top to bottom. It is hurting his credibility and shortchanging the public. And to head the review, how about someone other than the Attorney General whose department is so deeply involved? That makes no sense to me.

It seems a metaphysical certitude that it makes no sense to most Americans with the obvious exception of Obama's remaining supporters in the media.

Nice to see that Schieffer - at least for now - is willing to hold the President's feet to the fire.

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