The Department of Justice operating as a Political Arm enlisting crony pseudo-journalists at Media Matters reveals that the Freedom of Information Act is still (temporarily) intact:
Internal Department of Justice emails obtained by The Daily Caller show Attorney General Eric Holder’s communications staff has collaborated with the left-wing advocacy group Media Matters for America in an attempt to quell news stories about scandals plaguing Holder and America’s top law enforcement agency.
Dozens of pages of emails between DOJ Office of Public Affairs Director Tracy Schmaler and Media Matters staffers show Schmaler, Holder’s top press defender, working with Media Matters to attack reporters covering DOJ scandals. TheDailyCaller obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request.
On July 8, 2011 at 9:50AM, Media Matters’ Matt Gertz wrote to Schmaler asking for her help, “debunking what I think is a conservative media myth about Operation Fast and Furious. Gertz told Schmaler that “Xochitl Hinojosa,” – a DOJ spokeswoman and former Media Matters staffer – “directed me to you as the person to talk to.” Throughout the email exchanges TheDC obtained through the FOIA request are numerous examples of Gertz and other Media Matters staff sending the full text of Media Matters blog entries attacking the DOJ’s political opponents in the media. Among others, Gertz sent Schmaler attack pieces he wrote about Townhall Magazine’s Katie Pavlich,who also authored a book on Operation Fast and Furious; Breitbart.com writers Joel Pollak and Ken Klukowski; Fox News Channel’s William LaJeunesse, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity; Sipsey Street Irregulars blogger Mike Vanderboegh; DirectorBlue blogger Doug Ross; National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy; and this reporter.