Back in April at Blogcon I filmed this interview with Kaite Pavlich author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up
Katie had been writing about this for a while.
Obama took credit for confiscating 64 percent more weapons than ever before. Well, that’s what happens when the federal government sends thousands of guns into Mexico in the first place through Operation Fast and Furious under the Obama Justice Department and ATF, of course it becomes easier to confiscate more guns when you put more into an area to begin with.
that entry was from May 11th 2011.
Meanwhile today the viewers of Morning Joe found themselves learning about the president’s use of Executive privilege to shield Eric Holder which necessitated talking about Fast and Furious.
This entire conversation and the death of an ATF agent must have come as a shock to their viewers who were wondering why the administration is invoking executive privilege.
Ironically, like MSNBC I was late to this story as well, my first post on it was June 28th of 2011 in a post titled “Is it Watergate yet? which starts with the line:
I’m likely the only blogger on the right who hasn’t written on project gunrunner…
The post linked to a story at Fox News (you know that company the media urges all right thinking people to ignore)
‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice
By Maxim Lott
Published June 27, 2011
Here is the video I didn’t embed at the time.
That weekend I had Barbara Espinosa on my WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRAdio to talk about this issue. (BTW she will be on my show this week in the 2nd hour WCRN during my 11 AM hour listen live at wcrnradio.com).
A little over a month later the ATF chief resigned My post on the subject was titled:
ATF chief resigns and nobody knows why
…at least nobody who follows the MSM
If you search for the words “fast and furious” on my blog you will only find 14 posts after this one and remember I was not only late to this, but I didn’t give this story much attention.
If however you do a search for “fast and furious” or “ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL” at Instapundit ( a former MSNBC contributor no less) you will find dozens of entries dating back to Feb 13th 2011: NRA weighs in on ATF gunrunning scandal.
Over and over I’ve seen the Morning Joe crowd scoff at “just bloggers” and tweeters who comment, yet even a “blogger and tweeter” like myself who has given this story short shift has been on this story for a year while the Morning Joe viewers are only now getting anything resembling coverage of this story and they dare to paint it as an “election year stunt”.
They could have covered this story, with their vast resources they could have done the work that a 23-year-old blogger Katie Pavlich did, or they could have interviewed her and talked about her book. They deliberately choose not to do so.
After today I don’t want to hear a single person on MSNBC or anywhere else talk about “bloggers in their pajamas” vs “real reporters”, because speaking as a blogger typing cross-legged in his bed, I find the comparison insulting to me.
Exit question: I’m listening right to my show from a year ago as I type this and one section is jumping out at me:
DaTechGuy “…This is serious stuff because Watergate nobody ever, For all that Nixon did with Watergate no one died from Watergate and we already have, we have two deaths directly connected with this…”
Barbara Espinosa: “…but you don’t just have two deaths”
DaTechGuy: “…and that’s not counting the deaths in Mexico.”
Barbara Espinosa: “Well there’s been hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been killed with these guns…”
When I reflect on how the MSM has covered for this administration for a full year I challenge my readers to consider this question:
Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?
I say yes!
Update: Let the record show that Barbara Espinosa has been writing about this forever and has written about this today as well
Update 2: Powerline talks to a Justice Department vet who says:
Even with his fawning press, [Presdient Obama] will pay a price for this one. He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite. They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both. I just can’t see any other explanation for such a risky move.
Wasn’t the Washington Post just covering big time the 40th anniversary of Watergate? I wonder how much coverage this one will get.
Like I said, we are seeing what Watergate would look like if the MSM were all behind Nixon
Update 3: Missed a link, fixed.