The New Cheney? Republicans Attack Obama On Benghazi, IRS, AP Phone Records | TIME.com

05/14/2013 11:15 am ET | Updated Jul 14, 2013

Conservatives are not often fierce defenders of the media. But Monday's news that the Justice Department obtained phone records for several Associated Press reporters as part of a national security leak probe raised a furor on the right, causing numerous Republicans to harshly criticize the Obama administration. While some may have genuine concerns about First Amendment protections, the right's response also spotlighted an emerging Republican critique of Barack Obama as a Big Brother-style tyrant in charge of a power-abusing surveillance state.

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