Remember this? “The FBI goes too far by using Seattle Times dummy page.” Well, in that fake story posted on the fake Seattle Times page, the FBI wrote a story and credited to the Associated Press.
Now the AP is demanding “assurances from the Justice Department that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media.” The president and CEO of the AP, Gary Pruitt, wrote this letter to the Attorney General and FBI, and also included a request to know how the requirements to impersonate a member of the media are different now than seven years ago when the tactic was employed.
No one on the receiving end is saying much, but James Comey, the director of the FBI, had previously defended the actions saying they were legal under the guidelines at that time and are still lawful now, but that they probably require higher-level approvals than they did then.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?