Fast and Furious – what could be the nation's largest scandal in years continues to have developments – yet many print and broadcast press outlets ignore the latest.
A quick background: Fast and Furious began in the first year of the Obama administration in which American weapons were knowingly sold to Mexican drug gangs with the goal of tracing these weapons deep into the core of the Mexican cartels. However, the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) lost track of these weapons once in the hands of the Mexican drug operatives.
On December 14, 2010, the events took a terrible turn when U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a shout with five illegal immigrants. Weapons recovered from the scene were traced to operation Fast and Furious. Brian Terry was an Iraqi war veteran - killed by U.S. guns.
Since the botched operation, 122 Congressman have asked United States Attorney General Eric Holder to resign. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has since grilled Holder, which highlighted just how serious this tragedy was – and questioned why the Justice Department withheld emails.
Yesterday brought a new development. On April 5, 2012 Jaime Avila Jr. pleaded guilty for purchasing two rifles found at the fatal scene in 2010. Smoking gun? Perhaps. But I think it is up to readers, not the media, to decide.
While I do not publicly share tips that come into my website’s tip box, I can say that several question why the mainstream press is not reporting this latest development – and so I checked. ABC News – nothing. NPR – nothing. CNN – nothing. USA Today – nothing. CBS News is reporting. Fox News is reporting it. Surprising? Not really. I could have told you who was covering this and who was not before I even checked.
To the newsroom directors, this IS news. A slain U.S. agent as a result of a botched operation cannot go ignored. As guilty pleas become evident, we will cover the stories you choose to ignore – for the reasons you do so.