Friday, February 11, 2011

The story upon the stair. The failure of "authorized journalists" to pick up on Senator Grassley's bitch slap of Eric Holder.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away...

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away.
-- "Antigonish" by Hughes Mearns, 1899.

More than 30 hours since David Codrea and I broke the story of Senator Grassley's resounding bitch slap of Attorney General Eric Holder in the Project Gunwalker scandal and the cover-up of the circumstances of the death of Brian Terry, the "mainstream" media of "authorized journalists" has yet to follow up.

Even the Associated Press, which is probably getting tired of being embarrassed by a couple of mere bloggers, is missing in action.

This is not for lack of trying. Every Project Gunwalker Scandal post I do is emailed out to a list that includes Congresscritters, ATF senior executives (my momma told me never to talk about people behind their backs) and "authorized journalists."

I even called up some reporters yesterday who have previously covered the story, including Pravda's own James V. Grimaldi.

Had he seen the Grassley letter and documents, I asked? Yes, he replied laconically. So, was he going to do a story on them? Well, it seemed, you never could tell. Maybe they would and maybe they wouldn't.

Grimaldi is probably afraid of meeting the ghost of Brian Terry upon the stair and having to explain to him why the circumstances of his death are inconvenient to the Washington Post's meme of the valiant, under-resourced ATF doing battle with venal American gun show promoters and gun store owners who, with NRA membership cards in their back pockets, are handing out RPGs and machine guns to MS-13 killers.

Having to explain the Project Gunwalker Scandal is just . . . not neat. Not neat at all. But of course reporters are never biased. Never. Heaven forfend anybody should get THAT idea.

Except, of course, the ghost of Brian Terry upon the stair, who can no longer speak for himself.


RJIII said...

After watching the Clapper testimony yesterday, it looks as if the Oblabla Administration is full of third graders trying to be big boys. And the puppy papers(that's all they get used for here.)are afraid to admit they F%$#ed up.

Mark Matis said...

For dakota5:
Hey, ABCNNBCBS and their dead-tree fellow travelers have WAY TOO MUCH invested in The One and his toadies to even CONSIDER telling the truth. Not to mention that they are desperately looking for Soros funding to survive this Depression, and they KNOW they won't get any of that if they diss his puppet. You DON'T make fun of the black Charlie McCarthy...

Anonymous said...

Who uses old skool media anymore anyway? I want pertinent news without the porn and "celeb" crap I go to conversative online sources. And when it comes to the crap that the bad guys do or attempt to do it goes through the blogsophere faster than FOX News. "WE ARE EVERYWHERE" includes communication too.

Let's keep doing what we all have been doing with this story. Publish, circulate, alert by every means possible. Especially to our elected officials on every level. That is how we keep pulling the pants off them and exposing their dirty bare asses to the world.

Anonymous said...

Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee has a good editorial up - scroll down to "Murder in the Service of the Obama Agenda"

No mention of Mike or David (until the comments) but he does link the American Thinker article by T.L. Davis.

Regardless of the MSM efforts to keep a lid on, this will go mainstream. Iran Contra ain't got nuthin' on this scandal!


Defender said...

Eight out of ten journalists want our guns gone. After all, crime stories, crime stories, crime stories, with the occasional 85-year-old widow shoots burglar in the ass with her husband's antique revolver, ha ha, just to show "fairness."
They are the enemy, as much as, sorry, even the ATF whistleblowers who describe ATF's mission (but not methods) as righteous.
Shall not be infringed.
But hey, whatever it takes to bring down this unconstitutional agency.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry pickup isn't happening. It speaks volumes regarding our country, that a story like this can't make the news. But then again, perhaps our "free and independent media" are "crafting" a response to the story and sitting on it, until someone else breaks it.

I still have one or two other routes to approach with this. We'll see what happens next week. If not, well I don't have to tell you the implications, and no one else should be under any illusions regarding the circumstances. Sorry, I tend to speak cryptically, what I mean is, that you may assume the worst, be angered by it, and then calm down and do your things.

Anyone in federal service should realize where this leaves them. Locals, should already know where they are in this food chain.

Anonymous said...

With family now calling the Terry investigation a cover-up, the media fails to follow up?

The media has fallen far from what it once was. The phrase "Lapdogs, not watchdogs" comes to mind.

Keep the pressure coming.

Anonymous said...

I live in AZ....where this tragedy happened. Our local 3-TV channel "covered" the story....but skewed the story to seem as if it were merely an "accident" that these guns ended up in the hands of cartels as the result of a sting operation gone bad....

Then, there's Brian Terry's stepmother....I don't know if they selectively edited her comments.....b/c the Grassley letter clearly showed she thinks there's a cover up going on....but on the 3-TV coverage, the audio simply stated that the gun that killed her son was sold in the United States.

Here's the 2 minute "story"....better than nothing I suppose.

Dedicated_Dad said...

It really does appear as if our "MSM" isn't at all interested in telling the truth -- not even close.

I've been thinking on this for several days now, and I'm going to have to suggest a change in tactics.

Let's step back for a minute and THINK BIG-PICTURE: What is it we really NEED, here?

As I see it, we need a "critical-mass" of citizens, pissed off enough about this to force CONgress to ACT. IMMEDIATELY.

Further, this is not a "sound-byte" situation -- in other words it's not something that can be explained in the time available given the average sheeple's attention-span.

Ergo, to EFFECTIVELY communicate this to a large enough group to make something happen, we need the support of someone with a HUGE audience, the time to explain its nuances, and the COURAGE to tackle this.

It seems to me that there are a scant few options -- in fact I can think of only 2, maybe three. All of them have history, and there are reasons for folks to not like them all -- we need to put aside their imperfections and focus on what they can do for us!

As I see it, they are:

(1) Glenn Beck. Nobody's got a bigger TV audience, and his "style" is such that he routinely takes on complex topics such as this. Further, if he were to cover it, in detail, the rest of the "conservative media" would also be all over it within a day or two.

(2) Limbaugh. Nobody's got a bigger RADIO audience. This is a bit more difficult - it's hard to get certain points across over a radio - but I believe it's still viable. Further, his audience tends to be the sort of hyper-involved folk that will MAKE the calls, write the letters and e-mails, and get things DONE.

(3) This one's much harder to swallow, but... Alex Jones. Yeah, I know -- I KNOW -- but... you simply cannot deny the size of his audience, nor their ZEAL in implementing whatever "action plan" he puts out for them. Further, he's the sort of "damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead" type who will grab a bullhorn and **GO** and make a SCENE!

On the 'net, it's pretty much Breitbart. He cannot be beaten for the size of his audience, and again his readers tend to be the type who can follow a story that's a bit more complex.

Drudge may arguably have a larger audience, but he (AFAIK) only posts links -- so we'd better have an easily-understood summary ready to go, detailing every point and linking to the evidence that's available.

Further, REGARDLESS of how we spread the message, we need to give folks a simple (one click, if possible) way to write their Congress/Senate reps to demand the necessary hearings *UNDER OATH*.

I have some ideas, and will post them when I get them fleshed out -- in the meantime I suggest we try to get busy beating on Beck, Limbaugh and Jones, to get them to give this some IN-DEPTH coverage!!


Anonymous said...

How about Drudge Report?

Defender said...

The incestuous relationship between mainstream media and government officials. They quote each other, when they're both wrong.

Mark Matis said...

For Anonymous at 8:52 AM:
I have REPEATEDLY submitted this info to Drudge over the past week, and STILL nothing. He's starting to look as owned as Fox.

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

This seems as good a time and place as any to quote this bit of wisdom:

Q: What’s the difference between the American newspaper industry and a mastodon sinking into a tar pit.?

A: None, really, except that the mastodon probably had the sense not to say “It’s all the bloggers’ fault!” right before it died.

I like it!