As we described yesterday, Fox News was targeted by FEC Democrats for hosting a Republican presidential primary debate.
President Obama's lawyer Bob Bauer, on his blog, defends Commissioner Weintraub, criticizes Commissioner Goodman, and brushes off as inconsequential Fox News' profound free press rights. He acknowledges that Commissioner Weintraub voted to find Fox News violated the law for engaging in legitimate, wholly constructive press activity. But he defends Commissioner Weintraub on the theory that outlawing -- even technically -- press activity is more important in this case than disrupting the prestige and decorum at the FEC. What a profoundly disturbing suggestion by one generally regarded as a civil libertarian who represents the First Amendment rights of oppressed political actors before the government.