I’ve searched my memory, and I don’t recall hearing you express your outrage when the Obama administration violated the 1st Amendment rights of the Catholic Church. I don’t recall hearing you speak out when the Obama campaign committee targeted Mitt Romney’s campaign contributors. I don’t recall your objections when the Obama administration seized control of our medical care. I don’t believe I’ve heard one word of objection from you regarding the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. I’m quite sure I haven’t heard you express any outrage over Obama’s attempts to infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights.
I am certainly outraged by the actions of our government in this case. I believe it is wrong for the government to put a hand to the throat of the press, much for the same reasons I believe it is just as wrong for the press to hold hands with the government. Without a free press, a press that is free from government influence, abuses of power such as those we see from the current administration are not only possible but entirely probable.
I grew up in the south, an area with a fair number of rattlesnakes. I’m not an expert on rattlesnakes, but I know they have scales, rattles on their tails, a forked tongue, fangs, and deadly venom. What rattlesnakes don’t have though, are friends or any sense of allegiance to those who choose to play with them. They might be inclined to tolerate you for a while, but when it suits them they will strike. The press in this country would do well to keep that in mind.
Mr. Pruitt, I do not intend to diminish what happened to your organization or to your reporters, but some things need to be said.