Leak Says ATF Gave Info To AP Reporter, AP Claims It Used Unnamed Source, FAKE NEWS?

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Leak Says ATF Gave Info To AP Reporter, AP Claims It Used Unnamed Source, FAKE NEWS?

WASHINGTON. D.C.-(Ammoland.com)- An article by Associated Press Reporter, Michael Balsamo, that ran on the same day that the new proposed ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) regulations on unfinished frames and receivers came down said that his source for his article was an “unnamed Justice Official”, but an internal leak called that claim into question?

The report was one of the first articles published by a press organization covering the new proposed regulation. The reporter claimed to get information from a Senior Justice Official that was not authorized to speak to the press.

An email leaked to AmmoLand News calls into question whether the information came from an unnamed source or if it was a provided, approved and coordinated effort by the ATF Public Affairs Division to get a positive spin at the top of the news cycle, through a so-called “journalist”.

The ATF Public Affairs Division Chief April Langwell’s email leaked to AmmoLand News shows links to the Justice Department’s press release and provides instructions on referring media inquiries from news organizations and points out the.

ATF Public Affairs Division Chief April Langwell
ATF Public Affairs Division Chief April Langwell

The email also confirms that the ATF gave the AP the exclusive and talking points for the article in question. It brings up the question as to why the AP would claim it need to tap an “unknown source” if the ATF was already providing the news agency with exclusive information about the proposed regulations.

A common tactic used in the government and the industry is to ‘leak’ or grant exclusives access to a friendly journalist to beat what could be negative press. The coverage from Balsamo was generally positive towards the proposed rules and talked about unserialized firearms showing up at crime scenes. Mr. Balsamo, whose Twitter banner pictures him with the ATF shooting an AR15 SBR (short-barreled rifle), also calls the making of unserialized guns a loophole even though Americans have produced them since the founding of our country.

So called, Journalist Mike Balsamo getting a backrub from ATF.
Associated Press ‘Journalist’ Mike Balsamo getting a backrub from ATF. This image brings to mind the old saying “I’ll scratch yours, you scratch mine”…

The article also talks about how unfinished firearms and receivers allow prohibited people to possess firearms. Something that is already illegal. Also, it talks about how gang members are using homemade guns but fails to mention that the vast majority of firearms found in possession of criminals are stolen or obtained illegally.

The article also makes the claim on how easy it is to covert a piece of metal into a gun. The author doesn’t seem to have ever completed the long process of constructing a firearm starting from a piece of metal. Speaking to an AmmoLand News source in the ATF that also read the AP article, he states that the writing repeats many of the ATF’s talking points on the new gun parts regulations. However, we have no other evidence that the author used the ATF’s talking points or reached the same conclusion himself.

The leaked email confirms that the ATF gave the AP and reporter Balsamo the exclusive and talking points for the article in question.
The leaked email confirms that the ATF gave the AP the exclusive and talking points for the article in question.

AmmoLand News does not have a copy of the information the ATF provided to the AP, but we have launched several FOIA requests with the ATF and the DOJ to get all communications between the two agencies and the AP. Once we get a response, we will provide an update to our readers.

When contacted for a comment on the type of information provided to the AP, ATF’s April Langwell referred us to the Department of Justice. AP reporter Mike Balsamo was contacted via email and Twitter. He referred AmmoLand News to Lauren Easton with AP Corporate Communications. Ms. Easton stated the AP would not answer our questions regarding potential fake news being generated by their organization.



About John Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, or at www.crumpy.com.

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Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
5 months ago

Yet more proof – as IF we even needed any more – that there is no free press in America, beyond a couple of small outlets like Epoch Times and Gateway Pundit.

When everything that purports to be MSM, journalism or media all work in lockstep to serve one political alignment (the Left); let’s just callit what it REALLY is… the Commiecrat Ministry of Propaganda.

swmft
swmft
5 months ago

it is to the point that first amendment is being used to lie without repercussion, freedom of press. strange attack people using usurped press sounds like fake news gorge Orwell was not wrong just date is off

gregs
gregs
5 months ago

the ap did use an unnamed source, a source they did not name. but if you had to name it it would be the atf.
the so-called media has been working in conjunction with the administrative state to control the sheeple and use that propaganda to assassinate the character of freedom loving citizens

Hazcat
Hazcat
5 months ago

The media is not trust worthy and is just following the orders of the far left government? Color me surprised … NOT.

Last edited 5 months ago by Hazcat
AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
5 months ago

Really? This is normal; Seems the only Fake news is this article that shows ignorance of Journalism and Anonymous Sources

What’s next You will be looking for Bamboo shoots and Rice hulls in ballots?

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
5 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Your brain has been baked by the Arizona sun way too much and you would not know what journalism with truth and integrity looks like . You can press your lips to the BATF and Joe’s backside clown and see if it gives you truth and facts that honors our constitution or your right to bear Arms. Nice try to endorse the Fake news media and the BATFs bullshit and discredit Ammo land but I for one don’t believe the lies of any lefty from Arizona .

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
5 months ago

Montana, you’re wasting time and energy trying to lecture this commie POS. Leftists are ineducable, KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov explained this a few decades ago.
The only thing these leftists are good for is helicopter ballast or firing range backstops.

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Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
5 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Hey commie, shouldn’t you be virtue signaling in the comments section at Daily Kos?

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Topp
Topp
5 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Your comment shows your ignorance by the absurdity of your claim that this should be accepted as “normal journalism”, followed by the typical liberal patronizing condemnation towards anyone “less educated” than yourself. A reputable news organization, one deemed to be a credible source for news, ensure their journalists share the organizations commitment to objectivity in reporting on issues. The reason most people don’t trust the news media is because the AP, and most all news organizations, have abandoned objectivity and now conspire with the left to report on issues with a bias favoring the liberal agenda. Your argument that it’s… Read more »