Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday slammed the Obama administration and the mainstream media for what he called slanting the truth about the Benghazi attack last year and the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.
"This is an administration that feels comfortable in not having to be transparent," Perry told The National Review
. "It feels comfortable being able to dig into groups’ backgrounds that they either don’t agree with or have some political agenda with."
The latest information coming out about the Benghazi attacks, when combined with the IRS scandal, shows "a pattern of abuse of power," the Republican said. "When you think about what has occurred over the course of the last four years with Fast and Furious, with the rollout of Obamacare, this latest information on Benghazi, then you see a real pattern.
"The track record of this administration starts to confirm that they think they're above the law," Perry added.
The governor also accused some mainstream media outlets of protecting the administration, charging that coverage, particularly on MSNBC, is slanted toward the president. He said he was surprised one recent morning watching cable network's "The Daily Rundown" with host Chuck Todd at the discussion concerning the Benghazi attack.
"The length at which they were trying to defend the administration's actions and response to Benghazi was really stunning to me," he said.
He also singled out New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd as being biased, although her Sunday column was particularly harsh on the president's handling of the Benghazi tragedy.
"She's a columnist," he said. "She is biased and when you read it, you know that it's going to be biased. And Lord knows she is, where she's saying Benghazi is old news."
Perry, a candidate for president last year, has also joined in the chorus of calls for an investigation of the IRS, saying those responsible for targeting tea party and other conservative groups should be fired.
"We know enough by the admission of the IRS itself that they were involved in activities that I will suggest to you may reach the level of criminal activity," Perry said. "It is un-American at best."
Perry also called on the president to take responsibility for the scandals.
"You can’t blame this on the Bush administration anymore," Perry said. "You can’t blame this on somebody else. You have to take responsibility for the good and the bad."
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