Sending some love to Jake Tapper for standing up to WH’s war against Fox News

First, sorry for the light blogging today. I think I’ve overdone it the last few days in terms of playing catch-up both in my personal life and at the 8-5 after my week and a half long bout with the swine flu, and I came home tonight with a headache, lingering cough, and a feeling of being wiped out so I decided to take the night off from blogging.

That said, after quickly checking the headlines tonight, I have to give mega-props to ABC News Sr. WH Correspondent Jake Tapper, who over the last few years has been one of the few major bright spots in what is otherwise known to most of us as the sorry state of “mainstream media journalism,” where journalists more often than not take sides – and most of the time, it’s the “left side” they take rather than the objective side. Tapper, no stranger to asking this WH tough questions few other journalists would dare to (and who was just as tough with the Bush WH), took WH Press. Sec. Robert Gibbs to task today for the WH’s declaration of war on Fox News:

Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one –

(Crosstalk)

Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.

Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say –

Gibbs: ABC –

Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?

Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.

Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That’s our opinion.

There’s no video of the exchange, because it was an “off-camera WH briefing”, but Fox News’ Bret Baier discussed it tonight during the Political Grapevine segment of Special Report. Here’s the video – he starts at about the 1:45 mark:

Note at the end how Baier talks about how Fox confirmed with the WH that the attendees of Monday’s the off the record briefing with President Obama included MSDNC’s Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. What foul-smelling hypocrisy, but not exactly surprising.

For some classic clips of Tapper vs. Gibbs, click here.

Related: Brit Hume, the most adorable journalist ever, weighed in on his former show Special Report last night on the Obama WH’s targeting of Fox News for ridicule and containment. Read/listen/watch what he had to say here.

Impeachment resolution against Sanford likely coming next week

Via CNN:

(CNN) – A resolution of impeachment against Gov. Mark Sanford is likely to be introduced next week during a special session of the South Carolina legislature, but lawmakers said the governor’s job is safe for the time being.

Republican state Rep. Greg Delleney told CNN his resolution lists three charges against Sanford: dereliction of duty for leaving the state to visit his mistress in Argentina in June; attempting to cover-up the scandal; and bringing “disgrace and shame and ridicule” on the state.

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But most Republicans in the legislature want the governor to resign and several are ready to begin the impeachment process, even as the results of a state Ethics Commission investigation into the governor’s travel expenses are still pending.

Delleney said his goal is “to get the ball rolling” on impeachment in a committee before the legislative session officially begins in January, when he hopes the resolution can be quickly brought to the floor for a vote.

House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, a fellow Republican, said Delleney’s resolution will likely be read on the floor Tuesday and sent to a committee – probably Judiciary – for consideration until the lawmakers have a chance to convene again. He said a floor vote on impeachment technically cannot occur because the session was called to deal with unemployment benefits.

“We could not impeach the governor on Tuesday unless it’s put on the agenda,” Bingham said.

Besides, he said, most GOP lawmakers are awaiting the results of the ethics investigation before deciding how to proceed. “We don’t anticipate that changing by next week,” he said.

As for the ethics investigation against Sanford, Palmetto Scoop has the latest.

Assuming the ethics investigation finds ethical wrongdoing, I wonder if Sanford will pull a Nixon and resign before the state legislature has the chance to vote on impeaching him? Then again, seeing as to how he has refused to step down even in light of the obvious disgust and disappointment – not to mention the lack of confidence in him – most voters in SC feel towards him now over his dereliction of duty towards both his office and his marriage, my prediction is that he will go down kicking and screaming.

Stay tuned …