Valerie Jarrett, Anita Dunn the new John Ehrlichman? White House, private investigators.
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John Ehrlichman, the White House Counsel and later Assistant to the President who had created a world of private investigations funded by Nixon contributors and was involved in much else besides the Ulasewicz business, was convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and other charges. Sentenced to two-and-a-half to eight years in prison, his sentence was commuted to one-to-four years and he served 18 months. He lost his license to practice law. As well as his marriage.
What may be the Media Matters equivalent of the Nixon tapes?
The “great idea” over at Media Matters surfaced in this line in the Frisch memo that recommended hiring, in effect, a bunch of left-wing Tony Ulasewicz’s. Said the memo:
“[W]e should write a book under David’s name that savages Fox News and Fox News employees. The market for this is likely huge.”
Just this book is bursting onto the scene this week under David Brock’s name: The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine.
The instant question will now be: how much of the information in this book came from private investigators paid for by Obama supporters? What nuggets in this book are the result of the work of private investigators? And what role did the White House play in the preparation of this book? Here, by the way, is the link to the Media Matters “enemies list.” Look for the names on this list in the book, and the hunt will be on to determine the role of private investigators.
So to review, to sum up. What are the striking similarities between Nixon’s Watergate and what might be called, inevitably, Obama’s Media Mattersgate?
• The use of private investigators to investigate the private lives of opponents: In the Nixon era, hiring a private investigator (Tony Ulasewicz) to investigate the private lives of opponents was the brainchild of John Ehrlichman. In the Obama era, hiring private investigators appears as a Media Matters recommendation in a memo by Karl Frisch.
• The involvement of White House aides: This is what the House Judiciary Committee’s liberal Democrat Congressman Sarbanes was referring to when he said Ehrlichman and Caulfield’s involvement meant “that activity [the hiring of private investigators] has the cloak of authority.” In the Obama Administration this “cloak of authority” appears, based on the Daily Caller stories, to attach itself to at minimum two separate episodes. One, the June 16, 2010 meeting between Valerie Jarrett and Media Matters, attended by the recently departed White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. And two, what the Daily Caller describes as “a weekly strategy call” between the White House and Media Matters, the latter the group recommending the employment of private investigators to investigate political opponents of President Obama. Note: The question arises as to whether there were other meetings or discussions between Ms. Jarrett or other White House staffers and Media Matters or a third party go-between that were either on the phone, in e-mail, or — most importantly — did not occur at the White House. Was, for example, Ms. Dunn a go-between for the White House and Media Matters? Both during and after her White House tenure. Again, White House Counsel John Ehrlichman flew to New York for his secret meeting with Tony Ulasewicz in a VIP lounge at LaGuardia Airport. It did not occur in the White House.
• The Nixon tapes and David Brock’s book: What finally ended the Nixon presidency was a unanimous Supreme Court decision forcing the Nixon White House to yield the secretly made tape recordings, whose existence was discovered in the middle of the Senate Watergate Hearings. Those tapes, specifically a tape of June 23, 1972, produced what became known as the “smoking gun”: there, in spite of repeated denials, was the voice of Richard Nixon, in Theodore White’s words, “directing the CIA to halt an FBI investigation which would be politically embarrassing to his re-election — an obstruction of justice.”
If Richard Nixon’s tapes did him in, so well may David Brock’s book do in not only Media Matters but, incredibly, the Obama White House itself. A congressional investigation would doubtless focus on any information in the book obtained through the use of private investigators. Investigators acting under Sarbanes’ rule of a White House “cloak of authority.” Investigators paid for by wealthy Obama contributors.
• Follow the money: For the Nixon White House, the man to see was Nixon lawyer Herbert Kalmbach. It was he who, receiving authorization from John Ehrlichman, (that “cloak of authority”) paid Tony Ulasewicz. Who is the Media Matters equivalent of Herb Kalmbach? Mr. Kalmbach, by the way, went to jail and lost his law license temporarily, it being restored three years after Nixon’s resignation.
All of the above summoning to mind the classic question made famous by Senator Howard Baker during the Senate Watergate hearings. To wit:
“What did the President know, and when did he know it?”
This is a big story. A HUGE story. As with Watergate the information is already gushing in such a torrent that there is only one way to get to the bottom of it. Tucker Carlson and his Daily Caller crew may well be the Woodward and Bernstein of Media Mattersgate. While those in the media colluding with Media Matters will surely do their best to ignore the story, doubtless the conservative blogosphere, talk radio, and — deliciously — Fox News is wide awake and on the trail.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online