When the Obama admin asked Bush-era U.S. attorneys to resign in 2009, Politico reported on it as a procedural “replacement” process. When Trump’s team did the same thing in 2017, the same outlet reported they were “ousting” those attorneys.
As Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston points out, the differences go beyond the headline.
“The 2009 article was also written as a straight news piece with no negative connotations, no finger wagging and no voices of opposition,” writes Huston.
To the contrary, he points out, Politico said, “Obama’s order ‘began to resolve the questions’ over whether Obama would fire Bush’s attorneys in light of the trouble Bush got into from the left when he fired some of Clinton’s appointees in 2006.”
It’s also worth noting that Politico’s 2009 piece on Obama is 482 words. Its piece on President Trump? 1,036 words.
What does Politico do with all those extra words? Well, it includes plenty of dissenting voices, including Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who was upset about the removal of Preet Bharara.
“The President initiated a call to me in November and assured me he wanted Mr. Bharara to continue to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District,” said Schumer.
“The President is interrupting ongoing cases and investigations hindering the administration of justice,” he continued.
The article goes on to explore some of Sessions’ policies that have been controversial, including his “pushing for tougher prosecution of gun and drug offenses and parting company with the Obama administration’s embrace of more lenient sentences for some drug convicts.”
Politico’s 2009 article does not provide the same level of analysis of Obama AG Eric Holder’s agenda.