Thursday, June 21, 2012
What, oh what, will the media do?
I'm wondering just how the so-called "Mainstream Media" will choose to report on the tiny bit of news that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's decided to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress yesterday. And more importantly, the fact that our President-in-Training chose to assert Executive Privilege over some 80,000 emails, wiretap authorizations and various other documents relating to the case that led to that vote. Interesting, don't you think?
Turns out Mr. Holder trundled up to Capitol Hill a total of eight times to testify on the failed gun running exercise undertaken by the Department of Justice and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department (ATF) starting in 2009. Mr. Chuckmeister, your true-blue reporter, has written extensively on this exercise, called "Fast and Furious." Visit my Monday, March 28, 2011 blog post entitled "A Very Quiet Declaration of War, with Mexico?" for more information. That, ahem, was more than a year ago, dear readers. It involved the purchase of thousands and thousands of assault rifles using stimulus funds (our monies!), which southern border-area gun shops were then forced by ATF to sell to straw buyers, who were then observed selling these same guns to dealers, who then passed them off to Mexican drug cartel members. Bad enough, on its face. But it got much, much worse...
The Administration was hoping one or more of these weapons would be found at the scene of a crime, prompting calls for tougher gun laws at the expense of the 2nd Amendment (these weenies HATE the 2nd Amendment!). But on December 14, 2010 Border Agent Brian Terry was murdered using one of these same guns. Ooops!
Well, to put it mildly, the fit hit the shan. When this story was leaked by a brave ATF whistle blower, who has subsequently been punished - shunned - by the DofJ, Congress started asking questions. And kept asking them, even though they didn't get any answers. Holder was a master of obfuscation during his multiple visits to The Hill. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, under the able direction of Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, asked for information on this little scheme. Holder provided a letter on February 4, 2011 stating that he didn't know what the heck Issa was talking about. (Who, me? We don't need no stinikin' weapons!). The digging continued.
Then, on December 2, 2011, Holder "retracted" that letter. Apparently, he DID know something. Maybe his memory "evolved," like what has happened to his boss on multiple occasions. And Issa wanted to know what. And when.
Well, dear reader, the whole thing came to a head yesterday when Issa's Committee voted to hold Holder in contempt, even though B. Hussein Obama, that would be POTUS, tried to intervene at the 11th hour and 59 minutes and wrap the cloak of privilege around all of the documents, even though Holder had stated he was prepared to deliver them to Holder as late as the day before yesterday (?). Do you believe that? Uhhhh, I don't. Now we have a real cover up. I have no doubt that this whole bunch of crap was conceived and directed from the Oval Office, and one or more of these documents would likely prove that. Let me stress that this is just my opinion. But I'd bet good money I'm right.
So now we've got our Attorney General held in contempt of Congress. How did the dinosaur media report it? They have assiduously run from this story from the beginning. Up until a couple of days ago, when it became obvious that this contempt thing was going to come to a vote, CBS has reported...nothing. ABC? Nothing. NBC? Until two days ago, on Brian Williams evening newscast, a total of 18 seconds were devoted to this story. And nothing about Terry's murder was mentioned. That's it.
And the press? With exception of the W.S. Journal, the Washington Times and the O.C. Register, nary a word appeared. I guess the vaunted mantle of the "4th Estate," Constitutional perks accorded them so they can keep us, We the People, informed, meant nothing to them so far as this case is concerned. If you hadn't watched Fox News or visited the DC Caller or Drudge and a few other websites online, you wouldn't know a thing about it. And that's just the way the media wanted it. Got to keep that guy who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, you know, the one with the amazing crease in his pants, safe and clear from all of this.
So now we see the media all twisted up in knots as they try to catch up their dwindling viewership on this almost two year old story in a matter of minutes. But they'll likely do so by burying it in a spin-fest of disinformatia (that's Russian, my friends, for hide the pea) so as to cast blame for all of this not on the White House and the DofJ and the Democrats, where it belongs, but rather on those nasty, evil, knuckle-dragging Republicans who just won't leave well enough alone. And too bad about Agent Terry, but that's just collateral damage in this Bigger War on Conservatism, right?
I'm guessing if it really gets bad, they'll just simply revert to that age-old, catch-all accusation: It's racism, don't you know...