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Monday
May202013

Was WikiLeaks’ founder Assange an omen of IRS persecution and ‘Media-Gate’?

Wikileaks is a publisher. (Snip: Wikileaks home page)I still remember the scathing look a friend gave me when I told her Julian Assange shouldn’t be on the run from just about every law enforcement agency in the world.

I tried to explain it. I didn’t like what Assange did, especially the leaks that could endanger our troops.

I didn’t care a whit about the diplomats embarrassed by numerous cables showing that highly paid federal employees are often total idiots.

What I did care about was free expression. Assange is a publisher. He publishes what is offered. Case closed.

I even mentioned in my column that I believed sex crimes allegations against Assange were “very shaky.”

Now news has broken abroad—it hasn’t reached U.S. media apparently—suggesting Assange was framed. And he claims he has government documents from the UK’s intelligence agency to prove it.

Segue to today’s America.

Our president is finally facing criticism over his policy on the First Amendment. From singling out news organizations and even conservative pundits to assailing an unknown filmmaker for the attacks on the Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are no fans of the First. Dems have never gotten over the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and even talked about resurrecting it in 2009.

After all, the Fairness Doctrine was a great friend to Democrats throughout history; so was media. Otherwise, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s physical afflictions (and his mistress) wouldn’t have been kept from the public, and John F. Kennedy’s womanizing, drug use, disastrous decisions on the Bay of Pigs and his White House tapes would have made Richard Nixon a smaller scandal.

Media ignored Fast and Furious, ridiculous Rules of Engagement and persecution of our soldiers, the bizarre classification of a terrorist act at Ft. Hood as "workplace violence", Solyndra, the refusal of a presidential candidate to release his college records. Media ignored Camp Bastion, Benghazi and the president’s refusal to respect or enforce worthy U.S. laws on immigration purely in the interest of vote pandering. Media ignored the president’s leakers when information on SEAL Team 6 was disclosed, including information from Vice President Joe Biden.

Like so many other blind partisans, media ignored all the transgressions of a central government run by Chicago tactics until the chickens came home to roost on the Associated Press’ head—should we call the investigations of AP reporters and Fox News’ James Rosen ‘Media-Gate’?

All I can say again is Free Julian Assange because his predicament foretold exactly what is happening right now in our country.

If you really believe in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you can’t just defend your friends or positions you agree with. That is the lesson of Assange and it’s one both parties should take to heart.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 20, 2013)

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