Weak mainstream media coverage of Fast and Furious

Today such glaring hypocrisy in most major media outlets is not only dishonest and disingenuous, it is an insult to genuine journalism. Photo: Brian Terry - AP photo

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012 — Many Americans are just waking up to the facts of Fast and Furious, the ATF’s gun walking operation that has become more than a nagging embarrassment for the Obama Administration.

Which begs that we ask one very important question: Why are the American people only now becoming aware of something that has been going on for almost two years. Why has it taken two years for the main stream media to really question, to drill for the answers to an event that took the lives of hundreds of Mexican nationals and American border patrol agent Brian Terry. 

Fast and Furious is an issue “to big to ignore” however the “party line” that begins on Pennsylvania Avenue has obfuscated the release of information as there is also “only so much information the American people can absorb at one time.”

Unfortunately, the Party line does not ring true in when comparing the murder and subsequent coverage involving the Treyvon Martin shooting.

Brian Terry, an ex-Marine serving his country as a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot in the back on December 14, 2010.   CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson was the lone journalist to run with the story, even as she a story coverd in the Communities by writer Peter Bella (Read: Fast and Furious: CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson fights coverup that killed Brian Terry

However, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have committed what Catholics would call the sin of omission- they failed in their coverage of this intense drama.

How many Americans could say they were only now learning of what happened when Treyvon Martin was shot. That death quickly became a national and international headline.

The disparity of coverage of these two deaths is quite glaring.

One can ask the media why one murder held weight over another. For example, when Treyvon Martin was shot the media jumped all over the incident. Americans were given no rest over the various news outlets covering the issue, covering Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson on scene, how it was racially motivated, how Obama weighed in on it and on into a frenzy of media coverage over the boy’s death. 

But when it came to Brian Terry the coverage seems scarce. A Google News search for Brian Terry results in 39,700 news articles.  Trayvon Martin? More than twice that many with 107,000 response.

So who was Brian Terry? He was a man who cared enough about his country to put on a uniform. He was a man who was simply doing his job in an effort to protect everyday, ordinary Americans. He was a man who was buried after dying in the line of duty. He was a man whose story should have been told by the major news networks at the time it happened.

He was an American killed on U.S. soil by foreign nationals who were patrolling the American side of the border. It doesn’t take too much intelligence to recognize the outrageous disparity in coverage.

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry (Associated Press)

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry (Associated Press)


Another question to ask is why?

As the narrative of Fast and Furious unravels on a larger public stage, some Americans are a bit confused over why they are just learning of the death of Brian Terry, and the circumstances of Fast and Furious now.

The exact same media outlets who chose to ignore the story, are spinning an assortment of “CYA” stories from it was just an obscure story from Arizona of little concern to the American people, to it’s just old news being rehashed in an election year with the Republicans are trying to use it to their advantage.

Who decided the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent was an obscure story that didn’t matter much to the American people? Why are so many Americans clueless about the details of the Brian Terry murder?

A few of those inconvenient details that Americans are clueless about is the fact that around 300 Mexican civilians were killed with the guns the ATF “top-guns” unleashed upon the Mexican public. But, we are told by the major media that such issues don’t really matter to the American people.

Is the Party Line ringing true?

On the one hand, the NBC “News,” was caught doctoring the tapes during their Treyvon Martin coverage, as they seemingly want the public to care about his death so badly. To demand justice!

Why does Martin matter and Terry does not? New York Times’ motto says it all: “All the news that fit to print.” What is means now is that if genuine news does not fit into their politically correct viewpoint of the world, it is not fit to print. Why stifle the truth?

What happened to the “free press” in the Land of the Free? Have the major media organs been re-invented into corporations that heve become sort of “Official News Agencies” of the state?

Today such glaring hypocrisy in most major media corporations is not only dishonest and disingenuous, it is downright disgusting and an insult to genuine journalism. More than that, it is an insult to the American people.

Benjamin Franklin is screaming from his grave.  The Free Press? A question that should not be asked.

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Dennis Jamison
Dennis Jamison
Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member  at West Valley College in California.  He also currently writes a column on history and one on American freedom for the Communities at the Washington Times.


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