You don’t say: Media Matters defends Eric Holder

posted at 6:08 pm on December 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Poor, much-maligned Eric Holder. He should be able to implicitly approve an ultimately lethal operation without anybody ever asking questions about it. Luckily for him, the tax-exempt “watchdog” group Media Matters agrees with him.

You know the story so far: The Attorney General received memos that clearly outlined the controversial tactics employed in Operation Fast and Furious, a program to funnel firearms to straw purchasers in a purported attempt to track the weapons from the hands of the straw purchasers and into the hands of the leaders of Mexican drug cartels. The program’s credibility was called into question because the bureau in charge of the operation completely lost track of a sizable number of weapons — and because some of those weapons began to show up at the scenes of violent crimes in the U.S. and in Mexico, including at the site of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death has been a cause of no great concern to Holder, who for ages refused to apologize for the part he played in Terry’s killing. Since the Attorney General’s presumed knowledge of OF&F has come to light, congressional Republicans have begun to call for Holder’s resignation. Daily Caller reporter Matthew Boyle has steadfastly pursued the beat, routinely calling congressional offices for reaction to the scandal — and has consequently been the first to learn of this or that congressman’s call for the AG’s ouster.

But, to hear Eric Holder and Media Matters tell the story, Boyle preempted the congressional investigators who broke open the scandal in the first place and completely instigated the calls for Holder’s resignation. Here’s Media Matters’ take on the topic:

And so Boyle has apparently spent much of the last month calling around to Republican politicians and asking them whether they think Holder should resign. That’s creating a story, not reporting one.

And of course, since Boyle is a hack, the tone of these stories indicates a steady drumbeat of doom. One of his first stories in the series, in which he found four spokespeople for GOP members willing to commit their bosses to Boyle’s cause, declared that this indicated that Holder’s “tenure in the Obama administration may be coming to an end” as “resignation calls double overnight.”

Since that October 28 piece, Boyle has written no fewer than 23 articles which reference calls for Holder’s resignation in the headline. He has found newsworthy comments from a single obscure member of Congress, from Republican presidentialcandidates, from Sarah Palin, from a “possible” Republican Senate primary challenger, and from the president of the NRA, among others.

And here’s Big Journalism’s Mary Chastain with a quick rebuttal:

Mr. Gertz claims Mr. Holder is right about The Daily Caller being behind all the calls for Mr. Holder’s resignation. Interesting, but Holder should be pointing the finger at himself. If he and the Department of Justice didn’t allow guns to walk they wouldn’t be in this mess and have blood on their hands. God forbid Matthew Boyle, Katie Pavlich, and Sharyl Attkisson do their jobs. …

Oh MMfA, it’s not the media’s fault so many are calling for Holder to resign. Didn’t they see Perry pen his own op-ed for The Washington Times? How about the November 15th press conference the congressmen held to talk about Holder resigning? I also love how Mr. Gertz calls them “low level” Republicans. Mr. Issa is low level? How about Mr. Walsh? Mr. Mica? Mr. Allen West? Mrs. Bachmann?

Mr. Gertz could you please point out any misinformation in any of Matthew Boyle’s articles about Operation Fast & Furious? Could you also explain to me how reporting on Operation Fast & Furious moves forward the conservative agenda? Could you also explain why Mr. Boyle is wrong for calling and reporting congressmen demanding Mr. Holder to resign?

Let’s be clear here: If, before the details of the OF&F scandal became public, Matthew Boyle had called up political officials to ask “Do you think Eric Holder should resign?” for no apparent reason, that would have been “creating a story.” To call relevant political officials to ask for reaction to major news is a basic way to flesh out a story. Nothing sketchy at all about Boyle calling members of the Committee that investigated the OF&F scandal in the first place to say, “What now? Now that you know all these details about the operation, what do you think should happen — to Holder and to everyone who allowed this operation to move forward?”

Let Holder defend Fast and Furious first — and then I’ll understand better why it’s wrong to actively wonder whether anybody in the federal government thinks he should be held accountable for it.


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BREAKING NEWS on Fast and Furious: Obama Knew in May 2010?
http://biggovernment.com/awrhawkins/2011/12/01/breaking-news-on-fast-and-furious-obama-knew-in-may-2010/#more-383580

Fast forward one year, and White House logs show that then-Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler met personally with Obama four times between May 7 and May 19, 2010.

Just in case Grindler’s name doesn’t set off sirens in your mind, he had received an in depth briefing on Fast and Furious on March 12, 2010.

So what do you figure he and Obama talked about when they met four times in May 2010?

Perhaps a better question is—do you think there’s any way they didn’t talk about Fast and Furious?

Even the LA Times admits Fast and Furious was at its height then, so I really don’t think Obama and Grindler used their meetings to plan Obama’s next vacation. Rather, I think Obama may have known about Fast and Furious nearly a year before he admits.

FBI Criminal Informant Complicit in Brian Terry’s Death (PJM Exclusive)

http://pjmedia.com/blog/fbi-criminal-informant-complicit-in-brian-terrys-death-pjm-exclusive/

Galt2009 on December 1, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Let’s face it, the cover up is/was always worse than the crime. History continues to repeat it’self.

Johnnyreb on December 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

CYA….Progressive Style!!

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Look, sometimes I think Newsbusters is a bit petty–what the hell do I care if Robin Roberts does a puff interview with the First Lady or if Nickelodeon cartoons feature a lot of flatulence?–but my gosh, it is so much better than Media Matters that it’s astonishing to compare them. When some leftie at MSNBC says somthing outrageous, Newsbusters reports it, comments, and that’s it. They don’t have a big space on the right margin of the website that says “Drop MSNBC” that clicking on leads you to a form letter you’re supposed to send to advertisers to yell at them for hawking their goods and services on Chris Matthews’s program.

But as any of you know who have checked out Media Matters, that is EXACTLY what they do in response to Fox News. There the “Drop Fox” box sits, providing the form letter to send advertisers because I guess they figure the typical 22 year old liberal is too busy texting to bother taking the time to explicate his own original thoughts.

radjah shelduck on December 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I think Holder and Obama should seal all the records on the Brian Terry murder to stop all this nonsense. What’s that you say?

a capella on December 1, 2011 at 6:21 PM

This has been a story since last January; just because Obama’s Socialist National Media doesn’t wish to cover it doesn’t make it any less tragic to the victims of Fast N Furious (Walkergate).

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Speaking of Fast and Furious………………Darrell Issa’s Office!

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canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Let’s face it, the cover up is/was always worse than the crime. History continues to repeat it’self.

Johnnyreb on December 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

You’re saying the coverup in this case is worse than a murdered BP agent? Really?

chewmeister on December 1, 2011 at 6:29 PM

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Bill Ayers back in business?

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

radjah shelduck on December 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Comparing the quality of Newsbusters to that of MM is like comparing 12 year old Scotch to something Granny distilled out back behind the cement pond.

Del Dolemonte on December 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

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canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Let’s connect the dots, shall we?

On the one hand we have National Statists like Andy Stern who pine for the glories of Communism – and it’s attendant trampling of human rights and free-speech.

And we have free speech suppression organs like Media matters also on the Left.

Clearly we a National Statist Left that does not care or recognize basic human rights like free-speech and the right of self defense.

Any of you leftists out there care to argue with me on that?

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 6:35 PM

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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Bill Ayers back in business?

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Chip:Lol..ahem,I do wonder,who has an axe to grind,with Issa!

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM

You’re saying the coverup in this case is worse than a murdered BP agent? Really?

chewmeister on December 1, 2011 at 6:29 PM

No, you said that, not me. Please do not put words in my mouth. Thanks.

Johnnyreb on December 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Let Holder defend Fast and Furious first — and then I’ll understand better why it’s wrong to actively wonder whether anybody in the federal government thinks he should be held accountable for it.

Holder puts fingers in ears and says: LALALALALALALALALALALALA !!!

This tepid little unqualified/corrupt/incompetent buffoon will hang-in by his manicured little fingernails as long as he can.

He’s looking increasingly pitiful and desperate, and I’m a little surprised that our Jug-Eared Leader hasn’t tossed him under that bus yet.

Holder is quickly becomming a known liability……the poster-boy for the Agenda-Driven liberal political hack…..an ideological boot-licker if you will.

Tim_CA on December 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Bill Ayers back in business?

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Chip:Lol..ahem,I do wonder,who has an axe to grind,with Issa!

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw that.

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

How is that possible?

Cindy Munford on December 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Eric Holder should NOT resign.

Eric Holder should be rounded up and incarcerated for the rest of his life, for what he’s done.

And Barack Obozo should be his cellmate.

KMC1 on December 1, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I must bring in the big IF.If this was a Republican the congressional hearings would be televised 24/7 on CNN and the impeachment would be voted on already.

docflash on December 1, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Remember when Eric Holder said Americans were “cowards?”

Well, Eric, what are you?

Come clean or go home.

coldwarrior on December 1, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Let’s connect the dots, shall we?

On the one hand we have National Statists like Andy Stern who pine for the glories of Communism – and it’s attendant trampling of human rights and free-speech.

And we have free speech suppression organs like Media matters also on the Left.

Clearly we a National Statist Left that does not care or recognize basic human rights like free-speech and the right of self defense.

Any of you leftists out there care to argue with me on that?

No takers? Rats….

Chip on December 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Now that you know all these details about the operation, what do you think should happen — to Holder and to everyone who allowed this operation to move forward?

Good old fashion tar and feathering followed by a trial for murder.

chemman on December 1, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Media Matters – what an impeccable and ethical source!

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

GarandFan on December 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM

No, you said that, not me. Please do not put words in my mouth. Thanks.

Johnnyreb on December 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Let’s face it, the cover up is/was always worse than the crime. History continues to repeat it’self.

Johnnyreb on December 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

So, how am I putting words in your mouth? This is what you posted. Seems pretty black and white to me. Dolt.

chewmeister on December 1, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Over 200 people are dead, thanks in part to OF&F.

But Eric Holder is the real victim here.

Socratease on December 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Where was Media Matters when the media was non- stop about how Sarah Palin had caused the shooting in Arizona at the beginning of the year, all based on speculation rather than facts as they try to play it now? Of what about the weeks of media judgement on Herman Cain with sketchy details from media sources about the so called sexual harassment allegations? Oh, right, I forgot… They are a paid organization not dedicated to anything but attacking those they don’t agree with.

ptcamn on December 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

So the media and elected democrats circling the wagons for the Obama administration by downplaying or ignoring the criminally corrupt arming of drug cartels, that has resulted in hundreds of deaths, is being used as a defense by MM to defend Holder.

We have already seen this from the White House when they yelled and screamed at a CBS reporter that she should leave this story alone..

…. ““They will tell you that I’m the only reporter–as they told me–that is not reasonable,” she told Ingraham. “They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.”

Nice little circle jerk liberal outlets like MM have going there.
Ignore or defend stories that make Obama look bad, then accuse outlets that are doing the job that they are to ideologically corrupt to do for being on some kind of witch hunt.

I’m sure these intellectual midgets will be yelling racism next.

Baxter Greene on December 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

I take it, the “tax-exempt watchdog group,” has also excused Holder for being Clinton’s little bagboy for bribe collections? Republicans sure did, when it came to confirming this corrupt piece of leftist garbage.

MNHawk on December 2, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Why hasn’t anyone brought this loser up on Perjury charges yet?

easyt65 on December 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM

This may be the exception that proves the rule “the coverup is worse than the crime.” The crime is nothing less than murder.

Dirty Creature on December 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM