“The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors,” David Crary of the Associated Press reported, presenting the news agency’s top 10 stories for the year.
Fair enough. They were huge stories. The other stories selected were all noteworthy in their own ways as well, but there is one more that is remarkable in its absence from inclusion: Fast and Furious.
Officials of the United States government allowed guns to be smuggled across international borders into a sovereign neighboring country—where they were received by murderous cartels, and which resulted in the deaths of American law enforcement officers and untold numbers of Mexican (and U.S.?) citizens—all the while leaving the Mexican government in the dark and stonewalling numerous Congressional inquiries to prevent exposing how high up in the administration approval and direction came from—and that does not make the top 10?
It’s hardly surprising the “Authorized Journalists” don’t want to call attention to “Project Gunwalker.” It’s been documented in this column numerous times over the past year that they have, for the most part, ignored the story altogether. Or, when they have noticed it, they’ve twisted it to shield the administration and/or exploited it to demand those responsible be given even more power to enforce yet more “gun control” laws.
There’s another big story the Fourth Estate Fifth Columnists missed for 2011: Their growing, self-created irrelevance, and how in spite of their deliberate indifference, coupled with agenda-driven manipulation, they are no longer the sole gatekeepers of information.
So leave it to them to put a positive spin on the fact that they’re overwhelmingly distrusted. And welcome to the dawning of the age of the “unauthorized journalist.”
[Thanks to Tom S for calling my attention to the AP Top 10 list]
Another top list
This time, it’s 50.
It seems Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars and I share the “Best Investigative Bloggers” nod for DirectorBlue’s “Fabulous 50 Blog Awards.”
Yeah, I know, it’s not a big affair—like the “Authorized Journalists” put on to congratulate each other over keeping a lid on questioning the Emperor’s new clothes, or steering our perceptions on people or issues they approve and disapprove of, or following the distracting madcap antics of the latest skank-du-jour—and we don’t have to wear ties, and nobody’s going to give us a trophy or let us make an acceptance speech ‘n all. But I’ll take it.
Just got word from Mark Walters that Armed American Radio is just too booked tonight for our regular Gunwalker segment. While I’ll miss talking with him, the fact that there is too much to cover in three hours is a good thing, if you think about it, and nobody’s done more to promote the story to a national radio audience. The show airs from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Eastern.
Click here, then select “Listen Live” for live streaming via the internet, or “Where to Listen” to find a station near you.
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner. Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.
Spead the word
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