The New York Times – the newspaper that once employed Jayson Blair – today appears determined to not retract allegations made in what many believe was an error-filled hit piece on Congressman Darrell Issa, the man leading the House investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
Through the week, Washington gun rights activists have been following the unfolding controversy, which is actually something of a sideshow to the larger controversy Issa is investigating: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ botched gun trafficking sting that put about 2,000 guns into the hands of criminals here and in Mexico, and has accounted for deaths on both sides of the border.
Today the Daily Caller weighed in after Issa’s office yesterday demanded a retraction. Issa’s office provided the New York Times with a detailed explanation of what it considers factual errors in the story, written by reporter Eric Lichtblau. This column discussed the Times story on Issa, and another blog had this to say. Even blogger Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars is weighing in.
Suspicion is growing in the gun rights community that the Times story was aimed at discrediting Issa, focusing public attention on him and drawing it away from his Fast and Furious probe because of embarrassing revelations that taint the Obama administration. The newspaper has blasted Fast and Furious, but never appears to have strayed far from its penchant for demanding tougher gun laws. Even when it editorially criticized the ATF for the gunrunning fiasco, it also saved space to make a smarmy remark about Issa:
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