Comments: Houston, We Have a Problem

Can an American news agency that knew that Operation Fast and Furious was "walking" thousands of firearms to Mexican drug cartels face criminal and civil charges for their role in covering up the program?

I am compelled to disagree with your premise here. You are implying that if the gunrunner- provided guns were not available that those particular criminals would have been unable to commit their crimes and the law enforcers of Mexico and Agent Terry would still be alive. That is like saying if Banana Republic went out of business, we would all run around naked.

The criminal gangs of Mexico had unrestricted access to firearms before Gunrunner and there is every reason to believe they would have continued to buy as much as they wanted from non-gunrunner sources as they needed.

The only thing Gun Runner did was implicate members of the Obama Administration in violations of US laws.

Since you should not make the claim that the gun sales were responsible for the crimes (murder), without regard to where the guns were bought, you should not then make a further claim that the news media colluded in the crime (murder) by covering up what they knew.

You may make the claim that they colluded in the illegal acts of government agents circumventing US laws.

Note that this is a similar argument that gun control advocates have tried to use against gun dealers and manufacturers claiming people who sell and make guns are responsible for the crimes commtted with those guns.

Posted by Professor Hale at August 12, 2011 12:14 PM

You may make the claim that they colluded in the illegal acts of government agents circumventing US laws.
I thought that's what he did.

There's a reason I started calling them Minitrue in 2009. They're adjuncts of the gov't, telling the stories that will advance their chosen party.

Posted by Veeshir at August 12, 2011 02:11 PM