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WashPost's Aaron Blake Tells David Shuster Fast & Furious Is Just 'Process Arguments' That Bore the American People

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Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake was wearing his usual liberal hat when he appeared on the Bill Press radio/Current TV show on Thursday. Guest host David Shuster asked him, "So regarding President Obama asserting executive privilege yesterday, condemning the use of executive privilege five years ago, how big of a political problem is this for him?"

Blake stepped over Obama's inconsitency and dismissed the whole thing as buried in the weeds of "process arguments" the public will tune out (as if government agent Brian Terry's death from American firearms was merely a process argument?):

BLAKE: Well, you know only time's gonna tell on something like this. I think that when you get in the weeds and you’re talking about process arguments like this, I think most of the American people tend to tune it out. I don’t think that the Fast and Furious situation right now really rises up on the radar for most people.

Yes, this is the same liberal operative disguised as a reporter that slammed Republicans as Pelosi "demonizers" and went to Twitter to ask for "outlandish" and incorrect things Newt Gingrich said that he could spread.

Shuster also drew a surprising case of qualms on the executive-privilege claim from Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), trying to demonstrate he's no Joe Biden when it comes up to super-enthusiastically boosting everything Obama does:

SHUSTER: Do you Senator support the Obama Administrations assertion of Executive Privilege?

CHRIS COONS: I'm always uncomfortable when an administration chooses Executive Privilege rather than full disclosure.

So if you want to hear something truly unhinged, you have to go back to the Mike Malloy show. Just as a postscript, let's take a slice of Malloy's latest request for a straitjacket on Wednesday's program:

MALLOY: Republicans want people to die, even their own children. They want as much death as they can possibly bring to this tired old planet. They want things to die, they want the environment to die, they want mountaintops to be blown away and made dead, they want the sea dead they want everything dead because right wingers believe that in making everything dead their crazed Messiah will show up and say, 'You did good! You killed everything, every goddamn thing on earth gets killed, yes yes yes!



#1 F & F. "Process arguments" or "DOJ trying to shield officials?"

Let's recall why Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley, and their respective committees, got involved in this scandal in the first place. Might it be they got involved because it was a disgraceful scandal - not,  to make it a scandal.

From the very beginning - from the moment that the ill-planned and inevitable botched operation was uncovered - those in the national MSM felt the hair on their back stand up, as it was uncovered for all to see that the US Department of Justice, under AG Eric Holder, was involved in suppressing the truth, preventing those willing to go public (and to testify) about the scandal from doing so and were involved in a cover up; however, most in the MSM simply looked away. After all - this is their team.

How soon we forget what a few brave reporters were investigating and reporting on, only one year ago. Unfortunately, they must have received pressure to tone it down - while others, like Brian Williams at NBC nightly news, has never been interested in reporting news that might be uncomfortable for Democrats - and a cover-up in the Holder DOJ certainly seems to fit that mold

A few excerpts follow (my bold):

July 19, 2011 - Los Angeles Times, Richard Serrano - Justice Department trying to shield officials in guns scandal, ATF chief says -- Kenneth Melson, the ATF's acting director, claims Justice Department officials refuse to release a telling internal report on the Fast and Furious operation

Reporting from Washington—

The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees from the Fast and Furious scandal by concealing an internal "smoking gun" report and other documents that acknowledge the role top officials played in the program that allowed firearms to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kenneth E. Melson, the ATF's acting director, also told congressional investigators this month that the affidavits prepared to obtain wiretaps used in the ill-fated operation were inconsistent with Justice Department officials' public statements about the program. Justice Department officials advised him not to raise his concerns with Congress about "institutional problems" with the Fast and Furious operation, Melson said.

"It was very frustrating to all of us," Melson told congressional investigators in a private meeting over the Fourth of July holiday, "and it appears thoroughly to us that the department is really trying to figure out a way to push the information away from their political appointees at the department."

Not only was the department slow to react, Melson said, but Justice Department officials indicated they did not want him to cooperate with Congress.

Melson said the Justice Department repeatedly thwarted his attempts to tell investigators about the failures of Fast and Furious, which was run out of the ATF's Phoenix field office. [..]

That was from the right-wing folks (LOL) at the Los Angeles Times - who always waltz to marching orders from Fox News. Now? Even in their pat, " Q & A - What's F & F all about," they leave out the history. Now, it's all about politics.

As NB has covered in the past --  from the right-wing loony from Fox news subsidiary, CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson, btw, has been busy these past few days tweeting links to her original investigative work - not that Rachael or an anyone else in the MSM will notice.

Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations
December 7, 2011
By Sharyl Attkisson

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

This is the sort of stuff that brings down administrations. No wonder Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News, and so many more, have deliberately prevented coverage of the scandal.

(;~/ gary

#2 Another Maddening Meme that the Bush Administration was also engaging in "Fast & Furious" type operations.

Well, kinda sorta. The Bush Administration's operation, however, had tracking devices on their guns....and they followed them and BUSTED the criminals. IOW, using a classic law enforcement technique, ATF was able to do their jobs by putting people behind bars.....not supplying weapons to criminals willy nilly.

But of course, that distinction is lost on the liberal press in their washing machine spin efforts.

#3 If I may add...

Not to mention the Bush administration effort, called "Wide Receiver", was done with the cooperation of the Mexican government, who was all too happy to see to it that people who broke their laws got to go to the slam as well!

What stopped the operation was the moment the ATF figured out that the bad guys were removing the RF tags, making it impossible to track the weapons.

ALL SORTS of differences abound between "WR" and "F&F". The Left doesn't want to hear it though because to them, Bush is Satan and Nothing Bad EVER Happens On The Left.

"CONSUMED DEMOCRACY RETURNS A SOCIALIST REGIME" - Slayer, "Fictional Reality", from Divine Intervention (1994)

#4 Everyone should see this video

Bill Whittle on "Fast and Furious" :

#5 Even more boring

is reading the Washington Post. Actually WaPo should be next to the Hollywood tabloids. Actually the Hollywood tabloids have more factual information that WaPo.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” – Marcus Aurelius

#6 Just One More Leftwing Double Standard

This only applies when the Left is in power. Otherwise, they scream bloody murder about any little appearance of conflict of interest.

To more fully comprehend the Left, one must read “Leftism As Psychopathy” by John Ray, M.A., Ph.D. Caution, it might scare you a little bit.

#7 Off Topic - Yet Salient

I predict right here and now that Obama is going to issue an edict via Executive Order that the Supreme Court decision to strike down Obamacare is unconstitutional. He will order HHS to implement Obamacare in full.

Time to draw up articles of impeachment.

To more fully comprehend the Left, one must read “Leftism As Psychopathy” by John Ray, M.A., Ph.D. Caution, it might scare you a little bit.

#8 Keep up the "process argument" meme

If I remember right, that was a similar argument to Kerry throwing someone else's medals over the White House fence instead of his. That was a "process argument" also. That, plus numerous other Kerry "process arguments" cost him 2004. An interesting, if coincident data point is President Obama dropped about 5 points in polling this last week or two. So continue, der Leader, to call them "process arguments". I hope you "executive privilege" your incompetent self, along with truly dangerous people like Eric Holder, right out of office.

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success ... "I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work.

Thomas Alva Edison

#9 Yep, Republicans want people to die! At least their media!

And top of this list is Michael Malloy. Followed by Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller, Sgt Schultz, DonkeyFace Maher, and every other spittle-dripping hack who spouts hate on the radio. So, Malloy, when are you going to comply? Why don't you, Rhodes, Schultz, and Miller put together a "mutual self destruction" pact and go the way of Air America?

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success ... "I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work.

Thomas Alva Edison

#10 I will tell you one scandal

I will tell you one scandal that was boring and made a big deal out of- WATERGATE!

#11 Unrelated to the topic at hand

I was having a Twitter arguement last week with David Shuster about Karl Roves impending indictments......he would not address WHY none were ever handed down.....he's not so much a "journalist" as he is a propaganda artist
Nothing to see here

A Recession is when your neighbor is out of a job. A Depression is when YOU are out of a job.. A recovery is when OBAMA is out of a job Hat tip to Ronald Reagan

#12 Washboard Post caught coordinating with Obama campaign (again)

Once again the Washboard Post coordinates with the White House to get their story out there.

Breitbart has 3 other recent examples of the Post carrying water for Obama.

See the details here.

I posted on this in the OT this morning, but screwed up and the link didn't work.  This one does.

#13 They are cowering in fear,

They are cowering in fear, they really, really want this to go away, too bad the RINO Romney is afraid to address the issue.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#14 "...too bad the RINO Romney is afraid to address the issue."

And that has me furious beyond words.


Vote for the American in November

#15 I'm not bored in the least. I

I'm not bored in the least. I wanna know what happened, that's why I refuse to patronize the woodstein democratic mafia media. The British tabloids will suffice quite nicely in giving us the details of this criminal enterprise. Ain't modern information technology just dandy??


Facts are like kryptonite to the liberal.

#16 Yawn. . .

. . . what a boring story. Two hundred Mexicans and two federal agents dead. What a sleeper of a story. . .

Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment.

#17 a process argument?

How does dead people including a dead border patrol. agent become just a process argument????

#18 Over 300 dead Mexicans is a process?

What are the liberal MSM arguing over? Whether 300 Mexicans even count as human beings?

That's right liberals, Mexicans obviously don't count as human beings, that's why you aren't interested in having Obama and Holder held accountable for supplying the guns to have them killed by their friends, the Drug Cartels. That's liberalism for you, smashing crates of eggs to make that supreme omelette.

#19 Boring process servers

So, F&F is a boring process story that no one cares about or will pay attention to. What other process stories have there been over the years? Um, well there was that Watergate "third-rate burglary" flap. Process, process, process. Boooooring. And there was that Iran-Contra. What a snooze-fest of process. And you know they got Al Capone on the boring process of tax crimes.

What about all those action stories. Guy drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and winds up upside-down in 7 feet of water. A beautiful young non-wife drowns as the guy swims away. No "process" there, just unbreathable water. Boy, that was action-packed, but an even more action-packed event occurred at the very same time. Guess what?

#20 Those Compassionate Democrats

The Democrats are so concerned about Hispanics. First they starved them by diverting corn to ethanol production:

Tortilla prices are going up, causing hardship for the poor in Mexico, apparently because of all the use of ethanol in the U.S.

Now they are murdering them with Fast and Furious guns.

Romney -- start speaking up on all of this.


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