The Republic's Dennis Wagner attempted a comprehensive summary of Fast and Furious last Sunday. That's a pretty tough job. There's enough material out there to fill a few books and Republic readers have never heard of most of it.
You will recall that the Republic systematically ignored Fast and Furious for months. The story appeared on national blogs earlier this year and by mid May, the national media started to take notice. On May 19th I was the first news source that pointed out the local angle to what was then becoming a major story...at least it was a major story in the Blogosphere. The mainstream media spent the year playing catch up. The Republic didn't even bother with that.
After I wrote about the story, the Republic waited four months to write a Fast and Furious story--this despite the fact that the guns were purchased in Glendale, the operation was run out of the Phoenix ATF office and Officer Terry was killed in Arizona.
Wagner quoted a reference to this quote.'Don't attribute malice to incompetence,'
Malice or incompetence, that's a question I often ask about the Republic. I generally conclude malice. The Republic knew about the Fast and Furious story but the story reflected badly on the Obama administration as well as Napolitano protege Dennis Burke. The Republic chose to ignore the story and hope that it went away. During the time that they were ignoring the story, I used it as an example of how your news is carefully scripted.
On June 10th, I predicted that Dennis Burke would be fired for his role in Fast and Furious. He was forced out on August 30th. Yet the Republic didn't write its first full Fast and Furious story in late September.
Here's a post script that I wrote after the Burke firing. It's even more true now than it was then.
Newspapers used to be the gatekeepers. What they didn't write, didn't happen. Those days are long gone. Now the newspapers ignore events, but the public finds out about the events through alternative sources and then eventually the newspaper is unable to maintain the blackout. The Burke story is a great example of that phenomenon.
Newspapers lose credibility every time they try to bury a story and it blows up in their face. Soon they will be gone and the world will be a better place.