Barr vote provides a stage for the schizoid media

Thursday, May 9, 2019
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Rep. Gerald Nadler (D-New York)The mainstream media paid a lot of attention to Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee vote to recommend a contempt charge again Attorney General William Barr. But their tune was entirely different in 2012 when the political shoe was on the other foot.

Following yesterday's party line vote by the committee chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) (pictured), the House of Representatives will now vote whether to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

Bill D'Agostino of Media Research Center says the media is acting like it's the second coming of Watergate.

"They're treating this as a very serious matter [this time around]," he says, harking to contempt charges leveled at one of Barr's Democratic predecessors. "They're completely confining their discussions to the question of Well, what will this get the Democrats? Will this get them everything that they need for their investigation?"

NBC's Lester Holt: "[T]he fight exploded today between the White House and House Democrats. The head of the House Judiciary Committee declaring the U.S. is in a 'constitutional crisis' following a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt."

But the mainstream media's tune was different in 2012, when Congress got Barack Obama's AG Eric Holder on identical charges over the "Fast and Furious" scandal. D'Agostino says it was all a joke to the MSM back then.

"The media were largely laughing it off," he recalls. "They were calling it 'political theater.' They were saying Republicans are just being cynical; they're trying to score political points." For example:

MSNBC's Chris Hayes (in 2012): "Given what we know about the Republican Party … it shouldn't really count as news when a House committee finds the Democratic attorney general in contempt of Congress."

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (in 2012): "Every single Republican voted to hold the attorney general in contempt over this crazy conspiracy theory."

MSNBC's Chris Matthews (in 2012): "A party in the Congress that does just about nothing to create jobs or to help people without jobs decided the best way to do their job is to shower the Obama administration with subpoenas."

D'Agostino admits that members of Congress may be fickle from time to time, but that the mainstream media can be counted on to be as loyal as puppies.

Read article by D'Agostino:
Flashback: Journalists mocked contempt for Obama's AG as 'political theater'

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