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Washington [com]Post rushes to press with a lie

Whatever happened to those multiple levels of fact checking?

First the lie (via an anonymous source):

Critic of ATF gun-trafficking [Rep Darrel Issa] program raised no objection when briefed last year

By Jerry Markon and Sari Horwitz | The Washington Post

A chief Republican critic of a controversial U.S. anti-gun-trafficking operation was briefed on ATF's "Fast and Furious" program last year and did not express any opposition, sources familiar with the classified briefing said Tuesday.

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for top Justice Department officials to be held accountable for the now-defunct operation, was given highly specific information about it at an April 2010 briefing, the sources said. Members of his staff also attended the session, which Issa and two other Republican congressmen had requested.

Emphasis added.

Note that the "sources" are not named.

Now the fscking (via a named source):

Issa camp says Washington Post wrong on Gunrunner story

By Matthew Boyle | The Daily Caller

A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told The Daily Caller that the Washington Post is the only news organization to bite on new misleading sentiments from the Justice Department.

A Wednesday Washington Post story used anonymous Justice Department sources to bash Issa's investigation into Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious.

The anonymous sources claimed that Issa attended a classified April 2010 briefing for members of Congress and their staffers about the programs that have allowed American guns into Mexican drug cartels' hands.

Issa spokesman Frederick Hill told The Daily Caller the Post is the first newspaper to run these DOJ claims, but not the first one the Justice Department went to with them.

"We have had people who have contacted us before the Washington Post," Hill said. "They told us people in the Justice Department were trying to push this story and I think a number of publications didn't think it was credible or, for whatever reason, decided not to run it."

I've not had much to say about Operation Fast and Furious (aka Gunwalker) up to this point,   largely because I am inclined to believe the worst of this [mis]Administration.  Nor would I ever be accused of being a fan of the BATFE.  I am thus inclined to believe the worst of the BATFE, the Justice Department, and the current Executive Branch political appointees in general.  As such, the whole stinking mess hits most of my hot buttons and plays on my contempt for the lawlessness of 0bama and his flunkies.

The Washington [com]Post obviously has the mirror image of my issues, but is demonstrably less concerned about being blinded by its prejudices.

How many times must the LSM shoot off various portions of their anatomy before they realize that not only does it hurt, but that the loss of credibility also hurts their corporate profitability as their consumers look elsewhere for reliable news?

Hat Tip: The Captain's Journal who comments:

...If someone at the Justice Department, even with legitimate e-mail, phone number, title and name, had told me that Representative Issa had been briefed on Gunrunner in April of 2010 and said nothing about the approach, I would have rejected this source immediately and with prejudice if they had demanded to remain anonymous.

Let me be clear.  Even if this report was correct, it doesn't exonerate the ATF from wrongdoing.  As I have pointed out before, "isn't okay for the ATF to violate the National Firearms Act or the Arms Export Control Act if I must live within its stipulations."  But since the report has no name attached to it, let me offer some counsel to this supposed anonymous source at the Justice Department. 

Have some balls.  I don't use a pseudonym.  I put my name on everything I write, and I back it up or retract it.  If you want to be taken seriously, don't go around whispering secrets to the media.  Step forward, bring your evidence, and stand by your account.  Otherwise, you're just a coward.  As for the Washington Post, it really looks awful for you to be in bed with cowards.

Doesn't it just?

Via: Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds

UPDATE below the fold
Bob Owens of PJM returns to the fray:

'Gunwalker' Goes Pravda: White House Unleashes MSM

The Post prints an attack on Issa that no other paper saw fit to run: an anonymous hit job concocted by the Obama administration. And The Times finally talks Gunwalker ... by attacking the GOP. With a debunked lie.

by Bob Owens | PJM

To date, Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley have led the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious: a multi-agency scheme that allowed known straw purchasers to buy an estimated 2,000 firearms and to smuggle them into Mexico, into the hands of the narco-terrorists of Mexican cartels. An estimated 150 Mexican police officers and soldiers have been killed by the weapons.

Issa and Grassley have been operating in a near vacuum, with very little coverage from the media. This is stunning considering the scope of the plot, which seems to have originated at the highest levels of government. But on Tuesday, two of the largest and most influential news organizations finally saw fit to address the matter head-on.

By targeting the messenger.

Be sure to read the whole thing.


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Comments (23)

Just another fool trying to... (Below threshold)

Just another fool trying to cover Barry's treasonous backside.

As goes the NY Times, so go... (Below threshold)

As goes the NY Times, so goes WashPo.

That story is unbelievably weak.
Whether Issa was briefed or not, it's the information coming out in the hearings that's explosive. Issa is doing his job. WashPo is running interference for the Obama administration and doing what our trolls here do - Hey, look over there instead.

As to Rodney's question: "Whatever happened to those multiple levels of fact checking?"
My first thought was: Palin is not involved.

Amazing what "anonymous" so... (Below threshold)

Amazing what "anonymous" sources can reveal.

They want us to believe tha... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

They want us to believe that Issa got all the information and said nothing about it . . . but now DOJ is refusing to supply him with the same information he already has?

Obama, Holder, and the rest of this criminal regime must go.

of course it's an anonymous... (Below threshold)
jim m:

of course it's an anonymous source. Why would anyone want to openly participate in a coverup that could land them in prison?

What's amazing is that the bogus assertions are getting called out so fast. I think the MSM is tiring of covering for the most ineptly corrupt administration ever.

Hmm... Issa knew all... (Below threshold)

Issa knew all about it a year ago - but Holder didn't? LOL. Isn't that like "there never were any death panels in that bill and besides we got rid of them."

...liberalism is a mental disorder...

"The Smartest Administratio... (Below threshold)

"The Smartest Administration, evah!" evidently learned nothing from Watergate.

Issa may have been briefed ... (Below threshold)

Issa may have been briefed on the "Fast and Furious" program a year ago, but if he was, what exactly was he told? I'm pretty sure it would have been quite different from what he is finding out about today.

By the way, where is Art W to declare Issa is guilty by mere power of the accusation.

I kind of reminds me of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill affair. I think it was Ted Kennedy who stated that Thomas should withdraw solely on the basis of the seriousness of the allegations against him, not the actual guilt thereof. Issa should do the same!

Most unethically transparen... (Below threshold)

Most unethically transparent administration evah!

As anyone who's held any so... (Below threshold)

As anyone who's held any sort of security clearance knows - there's various levels of access allowed depending on your need to know. And if someone decides you don't need to know - you don't get the info.

So - was Issa briefed? Quite likely. Did he have a 'need to know' about all the messy details? If someone decided he didn't - then the info would have been left out.

This is procedural nitpicking, I realize - but it's pretty important. Just because you're briefed doesn't mean you've gotten the whole story, especially with classifed projects.

Confidentiality agreement, ... (Below threshold)

Confidentiality agreement, he signed it...

Obviously the rats in DoJ don't really think before they push BS like this out there.

Pure Alinsky ... attack th... (Below threshold)

Pure Alinsky ... attack the messenger ...

Like the rest of the MSM, t... (Below threshold)

Like the rest of the MSM, the WaPo is in bed with the Hussein Regime. COWARDS would be a significant step UP!!!!

Soon, cowards will be all t... (Below threshold)

Soon, cowards will be all they have (Left)!

"Soon, cowards will be all ... (Below threshold)

"Soon, cowards will be all they have (Left)!"

A word to the wise... They're already there!

I would have been here soon... (Below threshold)

I would have been here sooner but I had a dental appointment. One of the reasons I come here is you guys always have excellent commemts. Jim Addison/ Kathy your comments ring so true...sounds like something GrandFan would say. Then I start thinking about Wart and engineer beats me to it. Damn dentist.

If Issa was informed last y... (Below threshold)

If Issa was informed last yr. then so was the committee chair. He is a Democrat so it was up to him to do something about this. Btw he is still on the committee. I don't remember his name but he tried to stop this investigation.

Yes this sound like another... (Below threshold)

Yes this sound like another attempt by the LSM to cover Obama’s butt. However I don’t think they thought it through. If Congress was brief on this operations wouldn’t it make sense that top Administration officials were brief and probably with much greater detail.Authorization would have came though the executive branch too.

They aren't reporters, they... (Below threshold)
Sarah the Impaler:

They aren't reporters, they are surrogate droids for the Marxist in chief!

So WaPo citing anonymous so... (Below threshold)

So WaPo citing anonymous sources to report on Issa is suspect, but Issa citing anonymous sources to report on the Justice Department is instantly believable?

John,In what way i... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:


In what way is Issa, who is conducting a formal Congressional investigation and is taking sworn testimony, "citing anonymous sources."

Furthermore, the linked article in the UPDATE/Extended Entry clearly shows that the White House was shopping this story around (confirmed by multiple sources) and only the WaPo bit.

Leaving office will not hel... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

Leaving office will not help these traitors.

In what way is Issa, who... (Below threshold)

In what way is Issa, who is conducting a formal Congressional investigation and is taking sworn testimony, "citing anonymous sources."

From your own citation: ""We have had people who have contacted us before the Washington Post," Hill said. "They told us people in the Justice Department were trying to push this story..."

So Hill cites "people" as his source.

Furthermore, the linked article in the UPDATE/Extended Entry clearly shows that the White House was shopping this story around (confirmed by multiple sources)

Clearly shows? You say "confirmed by multiple sources". Who are these sources if not anonymous? Your linked article only cites "According to a well-placed source". The only thing this "clearly shows" is that they too are citing anonymous sources.






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