MSM Sheep: Ignoring the Scandal of the Century

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Monday’s revelations by Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey
Street Irregulars
and David Codrea at the Gun
Rights Examiner
, corroborated here
at PJMedia and expounded upon at Fox
News
, comprise a “smoking gun” of the one of the most stunning political
scandals in U.S. history.

As William Lajeunesse writes at Fox:

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more
than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer
money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as
the guns disappeared.

I don’t wish to understate it: elements of the U.S. Departments of Justice,
State, Homeland Security, and Treasury are responsible for supplying an arsenal
to narco-terrorists waging a civil war against an American ally. Our federal
government may bear responsibility for at least 200 murders committed with
“walked” firearms, in what Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales describes
as a “betrayal
of her country by the Obama administration.

Are there legal ramifications? Perhaps. According to Title 18, 2331 of the
U.S. Code, Operation Fast and Furious may amount to international
terrorism
, which carries with it stiff penalties for conspiracies
that result in homicide
. The Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
(RICO) Act — which was originally used
to prosecute the mafia — and the Arms Export
Control Act
(AECA) may also fit, as may assorted state and federal charges.
Charges may also result from two investigations launched by Mexican authorities,
and Mexico could conceivably file charges with the International Criminal
Court.

This is objectively the most important political and legal story in America
right now.

But despite the revelations from of documents and testimony obtained by the
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and repeated calls for full
disclosure from senators and congressmen, mainstream media organizations have
done everything in their power to bury the scandal. This can only be viewed as a
partisan media’s attempt to protect a criminal executive branch.

Let’s play “if Bush did it.”

If thousands of firearms had been provided to the Sinaloa cocaine cartel by
the Justice Department; and if those guns had been blamed for not one or two,
but hundreds of murders by Mexico’s lead prosecutor, would there not be
wall-to-wall front page coverage every day on the pages of the New York
Times
… if Bush were still president?

Under Bush, the MSM did provide blanket coverage for the warrantless
wiretapping program — which was deemed legal by the courts and caused no
deaths.

If circumstantial evidence, political speeches, and talking points from
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and
President Bush all suggested that the solitary goal of a gunwalking conspiracy
was to put American weapons in the hands of criminals in hopes they would
commit violent crimes in order to undermine the Constitution and Bill of
Rights
… the Washington Post columnists would call for
impeachment and criminal prosecution each day.

Recall how they breathlessly reported the minute details and speculations of
the Valerie Plame affair, which had much smaller stakes.

Instead, both the New York Times and Washington
Post have responded to Gunwalker with attempted character
assassinations of Congressman Darrell Issa, the lead investigator.

The Post ran a desperate
hit piece
on Issa, a story turned down by at least two other news
organizations and left-wing blog Talking Points Memo for being too thinly
sourced. They gave the byline to a reporter returning from a plagiarism
suspension.

After that failed to stop Issa, the New York Times produced
a hit piece so rife with errors that it amounted
to fiction
.

Among the MSM, only Richard Serrano of the Los Angeles
Times, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, and William Lajeunesse of Fox News
have faithfully reported on the story.

Nobody died in the Watergate break-ins, but the Washington Post’s
dogged coverage of the story created a reputation that the now clearly partisan
newsletter coasts upon to this day. The New York Times spent untold
man-hours and and money exposing the FISA warrantless wiretapping program — to
the detriment of the nation’s national security — even though no laws were
broken by the wiretaps.

Yet perhaps hundreds have died as a result of this administration’s
conspiracy to supply weapons to a narco-terrorist organization, and the crack
ABC News investigative team at the Blotter can’t be bothered. 60
Minutes
is more enthralled by the murder
of an American Nazi
than the Obama adminstration’s Reichstag fire. CNN may
as well be protecting
Saddam again
. Need we mention PBS or MSNBC?

The Gunwalker conspiracy is the kind of story that journalists dream of
breaking
their entire careers. It is now in the palms of their hands: a
story in which they can make a difference, take down the evil and corrupt, and
ensure justice is served.

Instead of reporting, however, they are complicit. They have chosen to
acquiesce to a clear and obvious evil, an aberration of our most basic values.
They are no longer watchdogs, but docile sheep.

More news organizations are shrinking, merging, and consolidating as they
face a decrease in circulation and credibility. When they die, point back to
this moment in time, and write as their epitaph:

The could have lived, but chose death.

Unlike those they allow this government to terrorize and murder with
impunity.

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