Predictable, really

Posted by: Phineas on June 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

**Posted by Phineas

The marketing divisions of the Democratic Party, aka The New York Times and The Washington Post, have launched a vigorous defense of the Obama administration in the wake of scandalous revelations about Operation Fast and Furious (“Gunwalker”) by launching a smear campaign against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the committee investigating this fiasco. Patrick Richardson at PJM’s Tatler blog has the story:

Issa of course has been holding hearings on the fiasco that was Operation Fast and Furious, where the ATF allowed thousands of guns across the border into the hands of the drug cartels, weapons which then began showing up at crime scenes, including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The NYT is continuing to tell the lie that most of the weapons which end up in Mexico came from the U.S. They also show their complete ignorance when they say the weapons sold were military rifles. They were not. Whatever the semiautomatic rifles sold may look like, they are not true assault rifles. They do not have a selective fire capability, meaning they cannot fire full auto, as military rifles will. The NYT is merely using these hearings in order to push for the re-enactment of the so-called assault weapons ban while doing the administrationโ€™s dirty work.

The WaPo is perhaps more thoughtful in their attack, attempting to look like real reporting. Using anonymous sources to take potshots at Issa, claiming he was briefed in on the operation last year.

Let’s keep in mind that not only have two US federal agents been killed by guns that were allowed to “walk” over the border with the full knowledge of the ATF, but at least 150 Mexican soldiers, federal agents, and civilians. And Mexico is an ally.

If they were real newspapers truly concerned with the pursuit of the truth, the Times and the Post would be demanding to who knew what when and who gave the okays. They’d be digging into the serious foreign policy implications for the United States (1), and they’d be giving wall-to-wall coverage of the grotesque human tragedy caused by gunwalker — on American orders — something Representative Issa has described as “felony stupid;” an understatement if there ever was one.

But that would only happen if there were an (R) after the president’s name.

Real newspapers are mostly gone, at least at the national level. (2) Now, instead, we have PR flacks disguised as newspapers trying desperately to distract us from a trail that seems to lead directly to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, if not to the Oval Office itself.

Heckuva job, guys!


(1) Supplying weapons to groups that threaten to destabilize a foreign state. Y’know, those little things we used to call “acts of war.”

(2) One exception is the Washington Examiner, which has a great lineup of journalists and analysts. Among the legacy media, CBS deserves real credit for following “Operation Fast and Furious” almost since the story first broke.

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(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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12 Responses to “Predictable, really”


  1. Sefton says:

    I’m sorta surprised the Times and Post haven’t sent out a call for private citizens to go through Issa’s garbage or follow he and his family around and report the findings.

  2. arcman46 says:

    what almost surprises me more than the criminal stupidity of this administration, is that the gun shop owners actually went along with it. Allowing straw purchases is a crime. I’m almost sure a felony, and a gun shop could lose their license over this.

  3. Phineas says:

    From what I’ve read elsewhere, some shop owners were threatened by ATF unless they played along.

  4. Bryn says:

    As more and more of these stories surface, the entire Democrat party and their enablers and collaborators appear to resemble a crime syndicate. Does the RICO statute cover any of this?

  5. frankly says:

    There’s no indication in the WAPO article that any attempt was made to contact Issa for his response.

    It’s a hit job with annonymous sources.

    It’s beyond bias; it’s corruption.

  6. Peter says:

    The thing to keep in mind is that none of these guns left the store before the instant check. A person fills out the GCA’68 paper, presents the right kind of government approved identification card and the shopkeeper calls the government hot line where an ATF drone gives a “yes, no or wait while we check this out” answer.

    Now I was never one of those real smart Feds, I just ran the back roads of a rural county trying to keep folks from killin’ themselves or each other out of pure dumbass but I am smart enough to know that someone driving up in a twenty year old car and buying anywhere from ten to forty thousand dollars worth of shootoin’ irons might be just a tad hinky.

    That’s just me, though and I’m not smart enough to be in the ATF or Justice Departtment. Those guys are smart, look at their pay and benifits. Just ask them, they’re all so much smarter than us hicks, hillbilllys and dumbasses clinging to our guns and bibles.

  7. Drew the Infidel says:

    As for the myth that most of the firearms in Mexico come from the US, Fast and Furious was Obhammud’s attempt to make it seem so in order to push his gun control agenda. ATF acting director Melson is being made the sacrificial lamb in this caper but the actual blame goes much higher.

  8. PE says:

    The death of innocents and the arming of rabid murderers are a small price to pay for promoting this cult’s fetish of gun control.

  9. Kate says:

    If I were a Mexican who lost a loved one with one of these weapons I would be hopping mad! Where’s the journalistic angle for that? Isn’t that what the bleeding heart liberals did in Vietman and now in Afganistan and Iraq with so called “colateral damage”?? Give me a break! NYT and WaPO are the new Pravda…

  10. captaingrumpy says:

    How can these rags call themselves a “News Media”. How can a reporter go home to his family at night ,knowing that he has told a pack of lies to a country that has looked after him since birth.How can they face their children knowing that they have killed a fellow American just because of money and a selfish attitude to everyone else.They are not the “elites”.They are the bottom of the barrel,and I ask everyone to treat them as such.Call them the murderers they are.(them and their lawyers).

  11. Carlos says:

    Which brings up an interesting scenario, captain: Is being an accomplice to at least a couple of murders (which can be proven) and probably to mass murders (which probably can’t be proven) a fit under the “high crimes and misdemeanors” clause of the Constitution?