Bill O’Reilly Perpetuates Fast and Furious ‘Screw Up’ Meme

Operation Fast And Furious Scandal
Operation Fast And Furious Scandal

USA –-( There are threats that Attorney General Eric Holder may be cited for contempt in this case,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said last night in reference to the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scandal. Citing a CBS News Freedom of Information Act request for Department of Justice documents from Holder and his senior staff that resulted in a response consisting of “mostly blank pages,” O’Reilly introduced Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., to explain where the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is on releasing the anticipated citation.

“We are very close to holding Eric Holder in contempt,” Walsh confirmed. “It’s the next step…they’ve been dragging their feet and stonewalling for more than a year. Justice Department is not cooperating with our investigation.”

In the ensuing exchange, O’Reilly asked Walsh about Democrats on the committee, and was told “They appear to be trying to help Holder.”

When Walsh tried to talk about withheld documents, he was interrupted.

“We all know what’s going on,” O’Reilly claimed. CBS News knows, the Factor audience knows… I want to know if there are enough votes on your committee to cite him for contempt. Are there”

“Yes,” Walsh replied.

When asked if there would then be enough votes on the House floor, Walsh said “I would think so.”

“He’s not going to give you the stuff unless you make him,” O’Reilly pressed, adding “I don’t think you can even make him if you get him in the contempt thing, because President Obama’s not going to fire him. He knows he’s going to be protected by the White House. So he can say ‘Go ahead, cite me for contempt, you’re not getting anything’.”

“It’s a screw-up,” O’Reilly maintained when Walsh tried to respond. “And how many times have we seen the feds screw up? Okay, we all understand sometimes law enforcement stuff goes south, pardon the pun…Why the big cover-up? I don’t get it. Do you get it?”

“Why the big cover-up unless there’s something there they’re covering up,” Walsh responded.

“Like what?” O’Reilly challenged. “A bribe? I mean, what could it possibly be?”

As Gun Rights Examiner first reported in early January 2011, “Coming next will be more info on what the agents refer to as the Phoenix ATF office ‘walking across’ ARs and AKs to pad their statistics and especially the one that may have killed the BP agent.”

Contrary to anything the mainstream media and administration apologists are willing to report, this information came not from “conspiracy theorists,” partisan Republicans, or the NRA—it came from an insider source that provided other reliable information that has since been corroborated.

That Bill O’Reilly refuses to even entertain the idea is something else that will hardly surprise readers of this column.

It was not a “botched gun sting.”  One would have to believe in some pretty ridiculous things to buy into that excuse.

About David Codrea

David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at


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