Following President Obama’s decision to use executive privilege to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from turning over documents to Congress, the mainstream media can no longer continue its media blackout of the Fast and Furious scandal.
Asserting executive privilege "has several immediate effects" upon the public's awareness of a scandal the media have heretofore largely ignored, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer observed on the Wednesday edition of Fox News Channel's Special Report.
The first is... there’s no way that the mainstream media, which have studiously tried to ignore this can do that anymore. In fact, as [Special Report host Bret Baier] pointed out, NBC, which has shown exactly ten seconds of coverage of this on its Evening News in the last year-and-a-half, is now going to have to explain the whole thing since the viewership has no idea what it’s about. So, number one, it becomes a huge national issue.
Secondly, it involves the president. Not that he was involved in the actual communications but he is the one that has to issue the, has to authorize the claim of executive privilege. Once he does that, clearly he is connected even though it’s not– it wasn’t claimed on grounds of presidential communications...