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The first hole quick building -- ladies and well we've all heard the load the loss of this by any means I don't know we have an agreement Ghazi is.
Interesting for so many reasons and important.
But it is plain that the president has sort of drawn a line have been -- this is a place where he is going to make personally and his presidency is going to make a stand.
I think in a way he has issued a challenge to the press.
As you know this had been the province of Fox News -- mostly we until this last few days until last couple of weeks.
And he is basically said.
This is -- a story and this is a sideshow.
And so his -- the -- you're going to pursue this or not and I think one of the questions for our business and one of the questions for.
Power politics is whether or not the -- is quick to stand up for that challenge or be distracted by these other.
Scandals which in fact are also -- hope quite really.
They -- the -- the end an interesting thought here it and it did that ties it all together I think Peta.
Is the scandal now over.
That tapping all of the phones all journalist does the Associated Press.
Seems to have been the ones who were targeted in this is part of an investigation into a leak over a classified operation in Yemen.
It didn't just as it to bring all of that together if the president stops losing.
What many -- seen as the support of much of the press yes with the deaths of stories like this the entire relationship could change very quickly could it.
Well there are two key constituencies for the president.
Attached to two of these scandals.
One is of course there are asked about which we'll speak of moment -- And the other is this a piece scandal as you say is constituency there.
Has been in the press in the sense that it has been.
Let's say inclined to give this president the benefit of the doubt.
But for people on our business -- eight.
Thing is a very big deal and I commence my career spent six years that they -- him and this was a place that was straight news organization that.
Is the largest Americans.
Gathering organization and the ideas that.
The chance to contest these subpoenas that the Justice Department has gone in and sees these phone records not just.
Phone records of the organization than the individual.
Cellphones and home phones included the individual reporters and editors.
And a very.
Wide dragnet was passed so they're bringing in.
Listen most Americans.
We see too many of our national secrets played out on the front page right but that's not what this this is going into our news organization and gathering -- All of their phone records over the course.
A particular period which includes things that have nothing to do with this -- reporter at the AP you're thinking.
Man what telephone calls that I -- about something completely on related to Yemen or in any national security -- That is now known to the White House -- and that's of they don't scare you think -- don't.
Why should the average American being concerned.
A battle reporters that having their phone records looked -- it's not as if we are.
As a ball we all look is that much more popular -- politicians don't want just anybody -- -- I will not give you a First Amendment sermon on that in fact most Americans in truth.
Probably say really these these same reporters who spell our national secrets on page -- you know -- so what.
But on the other hand -- also tell you that's that's an important constituency.
That matters I mean Obama has any president has two audiences the first is the beltway.
Shouldn't be that way but it is and on the beltway audience this is huge.
You the president's other constituency is Americans.
Broadly the nation.
And that is where the IRS scandal comes in big time.
Right and he didn't have the IRS if it appears just to turn -- that it appears that.
People looking at -- the Cincinnati office mainly.
-- as far as we know right now it was mainly coming out of this IRS office.
Groups that have the title Tea Party in them all patriot.
Center basically targeting what groups that could be considered enemies of the administration.
Is that harder criteria is ever expanding them -- and then it turns out to be ideology and it turns out to be you know if you if you if you said we use the people is going to be pretty much -- We're gonna find out it's going to be whoever said the pledge of allegiance I mean it's -- it's and it's.
Strange thing I'd say it's not just Cincinnati as it turns out that Washington people who -- it turns out that it may go back to 2011.
Huffington Post reported today and they go back to 2010.
That Washington people higher ups in the -- -- this.
And here's the problem for the president.
Although he has I think brilliantly.
Understood that he needs to distance himself from this.
The IRS is not one of those Washington institutions that is tell them particularly high regard by most Americans of the left or -- the right.
But beyond that this president is.
Very tightly bound to the -- us why because his signature program obamacare.
Entirely upon there -- they are his partners.
And Obama care and there has been already this morning there has been.
A threat from.
A Republican senator.
Two to halt.
Freeze all hiring that the IRS is planning to do you and advancement of the implementation of obamacare.
And this is going to be a very very difficult.
Problem I think -- for that this present.
All right we shall see how it all plays out Peter Blair -- -- editorial lunch -- to get your perspective as always --
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