November 2008 was the liberal, main-stream media’s crowning glory as they were complicit in hoisting an unknown, untested, inexperienced person upon the American people. The information about Obama’s past was out there, but was not covered in the lame-stream media who were too busy and too left-leaning to offer a balanced view of Senator Obama. Ultimately it is the fault of the American voters who cast their ballots for Obama/Biden and relied on the media’s fairy tale about the first black president. Not only was the press fawning over Obama, but they threw former favorite Hillary under the bus to support Barack and pushed very hard for Republican “maverick” John McCain to be the GOP nominee. McCain was the candidate long before I even had the chance to cast my primary vote.
The irony may be that the dead tree media may have gotten their man into the Oval Office at the expense of their own survival. I find that there are a lot of people like me who will never rely on any reports that they produce. Alternative sites like I Hate The Media, NewsBusters, and Breitbart have carved a strong niche as purveyors of news and filling the role of watchdogs of the Obama-mania-media. Perhaps the biggest scandal for Obama is a program called “Operation Fast and Furious” where the feds were initially, under Bush, trying to trace the flow of weapons from the United States into Mexico. Sounds like a decent idea and in today’s paper an Associated Press article discussed the Operation,
“Under the policy, federal firearms licensees in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico must report purchases of two or more of some types of rifles by the same person in a five-day span. The requirement applies to purchases of semi-automatic rifles that have detachable magazines and a caliber of greater than .22…Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the reporting measure will improve the ATF’s ability to disrupt illegal weapons trafficking networks that funnel firearms to criminal organizations. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the policy “is exactly what ATF agents on the ground told Congress — that reporting multiple sales of military-grade assault weapons is a crucial tool to identify and disrupt Mexican drug cartels engaged in gun trafficking.”
The unbelieveable part is that Eric Holder’s Justice Department just made an annoucement about the Operation which prompted the story. That’s typical. The horrible part is that the story COMPLETELY IGNORES the fact that this operation has been under intense congressional scrutiny since several ATF officers have put their careers at risk to expose Operation Fast and Furious. The Operation was put on steriods under Holder/Obama and gun shop owners were “encouraged” to break the law and sell weapons to straw buyers that were then allowed to go to Mexico where the ATF allegedly would track them. The first part worked well, but the second part failed miserably and at least two border control agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens were killed using these weapons. It gets better as recent indications are that millions of dollars in Stimulus money were given to this Operation.
The investigation is being led by Republican Representative Darrell Issa. The AP puff piece comes on the heel of news reported by Powerline SIX DAYS AGO that embattled ATF head Kenneth Melson, “and the Obama administration’s intended fall guy in the scandal, broke ranks with his superiors. Without their knowledge, he gave an interview to Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, accompanied only by his personal attorney. While a transcript of that interview is not yet public, it is clear that he blew the whistle on senior officials in the Justice Department.” How corrupt, inept, partisan, lazy does AP have to be to completely ignore the scandal rocking the Obama Administration and his Attorney General Eric Holder? The Powerline article and Issa’s letter to the Justice Department are quite startling.
This should be Obama’s “Watergate,” but “news” outlets like the AP will do their best to shield him. Since ATF head Melson is not going quietly another, higher head may have to roll to save Barack. From daily conference calls between ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, to the Journolist liberal media group, to Rathergate there is clear and convincing evidence of media bias toward liberals and Obama.