Apologists Resort to Talking Point Ridicule, Attacks as Contempt Vote Looms

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Apologists Resort to Talking Point Ridicule, Attacks as Contempt Vote Looms

USA –-(Ammoland.com)-

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrel Issa is “attention-seeking” and “intent on promoting a Constitutional crisis,” The Sacramento Bee charges in an editorial published today. Further, the paper’s editorial calls the investigation into Fast and Furious “gunwalking” a “sideshow,” and says the House of Representatives is “wast[ing] its time” with a contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder for his refusal to comply with a document subpoena.

That The Bee has done pretty much zero original reporting on a government criminal enterprise that’s been described as “Watergate with toe tags” is irrelevant. Whether any of the investigative reporters on its payroll have spoken to any whistleblowers in the know about the operation is also a closely guarded secret that, regardless, has no bearing on its mission, which is incontestably to defend the administration at all costs using whatever tools at hand to sway public opinion, that is, to propagandize on behalf of the political machine they hold allegiance to.

The “sideshow” analogy is curious, but hardly a coincidence. The Brady Campaign put out another of their “people are dead-send us money” solicitations a week ago characterizing the Fast and Furious investigation as “the circus in Washington,” and charging the “scandal… was cooked up on a right-wing blog.”

They’re referring, of course, to Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, the citizen journalist who first reported on allegations presented on CleanUpATF (a website run by agents trying to expose agency corruption) that “more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Tucson and Phoenix cases …“walked” to Mexico. Appears that ATF may be one of the largest suppliers of assault rifles to the Mexican cartels! One of these rifles is rumored to have been linked to the recent killing of a Border Patrol Officer in Nogales, AZ.”

The corroboration of these charges, the fact that the Justice Department lied to Congress about them and has stonewalled official inquiries, the numerous other groundbreaking reports presented at Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner, along with countless pleas for “Authorized Journalists” to involve themselves in the serious business of investigating and reporting the truth is amply documented for any who would simply look. That, with a few notable exceptions, the mainstream press substituted watchdog collars for cheerleader outfits is being continually borne out before our eyes, as others have picked up on and promulgated the Brady’s “blame Mike Vanderboegh” meme, notably Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, who evidently believes one-sided, dismissive snark and ridicule substitute for responsible and informed commentary, and David Horsey of The Los Angeles Times, who tells his readers “Darrell Issa buys into gun nut delusions.”

These are actually good developments, as they illustrate for all capable of rational evaluation to see first-hand the paucity of legitimate arguments and the true desperation of the administration’s media promoters if they must resort to ginning up “Vanderphobia” as their best counter-offensive strategy. That also has the unintended consequence of further spreading Vanderboegh’s name—and thus his opportunities to influence the public discourse with originally sourced reports readers will find nowhere else.

The family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry recently established a foundation in his name with an express purpose of “encouraging the truth and seeking the facts of what lead up to Brian’s death and to hold all those involved in ‘walking guns’ accountable by promoting a message of justice, responsibility, and accountability within the federal government.”

Investigation detractors have created for themselves the unenviable responsibility to explain to concerned survivors how requiring the Justice Department to respond to a subpoena for documents related to its unvarnished lying to Congress is a sideshow, a circus, and the paranoid delusions of a gun nut blogger.


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 www.DavidCodrea.com.

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David Hendrick Behrens

All Leftists Liberals act as if Fast and Furious is a unimportant joke, they don't care and have no concern for it being illegal and a traitorous act, allowing drug cartels criminals, to walk 1600 plus semi-auto guns into mexico. Those leftists liberals, won't admit that the DOJ and BATF knowningly was doing business with terrorists, that did ambush and murder Agent Brian Terry and did kill, hundreds of mexican civilians with all those guns they could keep and used.