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June 14, 2011

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Operation Fast and Furious can't become a scandal if Fox News is the only media outlet reporting it like a scandal. Fox News reported it thusly:

Instead the operation was a bust, a deadly strategy that left a trail of blood and bodies throughout the Southwest, the scathing congressional report said, concluding that a reckless and irresponsible chain of command ignored repeated warnings the plan would fail.

"You've got people who are dead, you have weapons that are missing and you have an administration that doesn't seem to want to take any accountability for it," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and a member of the House Government Oversight Committee. "There is absolutely no justification, no justification for this. There are people that are going to have to be held accountable."

OTOH the Houston Chronicle story linked by Brendan omitted the impassioned wording in the House Committee report. It called the program "controversial" and merely said:

Weapons from those sales were found at the scene of two separate attacks on U.S. agents, and Congress wants to know if they were used specifically in the deaths of Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata or Customs and Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

If they had quoted the House committee, the Chronicle could have had a knockout story. Evidently, protecting the Obama administration was more important to them.

Being a Californian, I'm especially favorable to Brendan's suggestion of measuring how the release of thousands of felons will impact our crime rate. Since the Supreme Court have assumed the power to set policy in this area, they're the ones who ought to be studying the real-world impact. Unfortunately, they pretended that their decision was purely a legal one, supposedly based on the Constitution, so they'll never do such a study.

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