Because if it’s not in an internal government manual, it just isn’t so!
With the left desperate for a pivot away from the over-the-top personal attack on White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Saturday, BuzzFeed News is out with a timely article about the Department of Justice overhauling its manual for federal prosecutors.
The piece runs with a screaming headline on how the DOJ “deleted language about press freedom and racial gerrymandering.”
More from BuzzFeed:
In: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tough-on-crime policies. Out: A section titled “Need for Free Press and Public Trial.” References to the department’s work on racial gerrymandering are gone. Language about limits on prosecutorial power has been edited down.
The changes include new sections that underscore Sessions’ focus on religious liberty and the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on government leaks — there is new language admonishing prosecutors not to share classified information and directing them to report contacts with the media.
The article notes that the manual’s media contacts policy was updated in November, with a subsection, “Need for Free Press and Public Trial,” being removed entirely.
It also reported on a new section that may or many not have been inspired by former FBI director James Comey, who admitted to leaking information to the press. Let’s call it the “Comey clause.”
New sections were added to the media contacts policy. One states that it is illegal to share classified information with someone who isn’t authorized to receive it. Another directs DOJ employees to report “any contact with a member of the media about a DOJ matter.” And another outlines protections for government whistleblowers, detailing the protections in place for prosecutors if they report concerns internally.
For what it’s worth, DOJ spokesperson Ian Prior told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the manual is a “quick and ready reference” for lawyers, not “an exhaustive list of constitutional rights, statutory law, regulatory law, or generalized principles of our legal system.”
Nonetheless, breathless liberals seized on the article to distract from the shameful display seen Saturday evening when a vile comedian insulted Sanders at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Here’s a sampling of the ambitious campaign, as seen on Twitter.
Instead of worrying about a comedian, maybe we could worry about this: https://t.co/TcS8Sn6fNW
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) April 29, 2018
If you are still outraged by jokes rather than lies & the destruction of democracy, you need to re-examine your priorities ……. The Justice Department quietly deleted “need for Press Freedom & Racial Gerrymandering” from its guidelines. https://t.co/BGxEYTUrVR
— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) April 30, 2018
— 14th Amendment, Section 3 (@ominousrabbit) April 29, 2018
But yeah, smokey eyeshadow jokes are going "too far". https://t.co/TPuqiZWyOk
— Brian (@134Lounge) April 29, 2018
— MT *Pass John Lewis VRA* Nestor👁👂👃👇 (@MTNestor08) April 29, 2018
And the Kool-Aid drinking zealots were only too happy to inject any needed drama to ensure a good and proper controversy:
More disappearing info in the era of the Trump regime:
“Out: A section titled “Need for Free Press and Public Trial.” References to the department’s work on racial gerrymandering are gone. Language about limits on prosecutorial power has been edited down.” https://t.co/CwBacIK9uN
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) April 29, 2018
The GOP has always been a lying anti-democracy, anti-constitutional freedoms sack of fascists and people still manage to feign shock when theyre actively fascist. https://t.co/unB8RE71Vw
— Southern Gothicc (wear a mask) (@anomalyalice) April 29, 2018
the first amendment is under attack, and it's not because of Those Crazy Antifascists https://t.co/CSOUQ2hnA5
— Leftöver Zac (@ZacRulzOK) April 29, 2018
— 🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾Yes, #BlackLivesMatter✊🏾✊🏽🏳️🌈 (@JoshuaCaleb75) April 29, 2018
This is what fascism looks like. https://t.co/i2YehRurtB
— Prosediva™ (@prosediva) April 29, 2018
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