|Fast and Furious, Solyndra, LightSquared|
Big Time Scandals by Obama Administration Too Small for Investigation by Mainstream Media?By Jerry McConnell Saturday, October 1, 2011
Since Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, there have been several major scandals in which his Administration has been involved, principally, Operation Fast and Furious; the government-sponsored sale of guns to small-time gun sellers along our border with Mexico; the failed ‘Stimulus’ loan of multi-millions to Solyndra and LightSquared, two small businesses that were Obama preferred for loans. All three of these Obama Administration ventures were major failures involving scandalous behavior.
Surely you must have heard about them through the mainstream media consisting of the major news organizations of TV and major daily newspapers. You haven’t? It’s understandable because the mainstream media does not like to print any incidence of negativity or undesirable behavior on the part of any Obama Administration or government personnel and has been noticeably silent on the reporting of these scandals.
As part of the cover-up, those media organizations including the major daily newspapers such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post and other major cities leading newspapers along with the major TV networks ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC have reported so little information and so very infrequently so as to be almost non-existent, or a scandal in itself on lack of reporting these government scandals.
Is that what our country’s communications are becoming; a non-existent, undependable, one-sided bunch of slugs who won’t get off their duffs to report thoroughly and clearly on major government scandals? Is the entire communications arm of our country becoming beholden to Obama and his scandal-ridden administration peopled by socialist communists who break our laws with impunity and without fear of prosecution in our mainstream media or courts? Where will that take us if allowed to continue?
To cite a statistic on how seriously flawed this Obama-led government is becoming, the Heritage Foundation on September 25, 2011, reported that except for “some recent reports from CBS News and the Los Angeles Times, and earlier reporting by ABC News, the mainstream media has largely ignored the stories.” That is an extreme negative attitude for the media and unprecedented for our country’s information sources.
The Heritage also reported that “the White House press corps has not bothered to ask the President or press secretary Jay Carney about the scandal since July 5 - that’s 78 days, and over 40 press briefings, without one single related question.” (Emphasis added.) Does that sound like the major media has the interests of the people of the United States at heart or the continuing efforts of covering up for Obama? You decide.
The gun-handling fiasco known as Operation Fast and Furious, saw that well over one thousand of the guns went missing and ultimately wound up in Mexico where one of our border patrol agents was shot and killed, later investigation of which proved the weapon used was one of the guns that was part of the failed government gun deal.
Around 1,500 of the guns went unaccounted for, about two-thirds of those guns ended up in Mexico, with which our border patrol agent was shot and killed and 57 Fast and Furious weapons have been connected to at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S.
The other Obama Administration scandals involve his efforts to provide “stimulus” spending to create more jobs in 2009 with an $800 billion upwards to $1 trillion tax dollars spent. Well, the money was spent but the jobs didn’t materialize due to the possibly illegal handling of the money to sources for purposes other than jobs creation such as political “payback” gifts to corrupt union leader bosses.
Solyndra is a company that did get money, a $535 million loan guarantee to create ‘green’ jobs; today it is bankrupt and plans on the layoffs of over 1,000 employees. The FBI is conducting an investigation of that company. Then, as Heritage continues, “there’s the story of LightSquared, a wireless start-up company backed by billionaire Democratic donor Philip Falcone. The Daily Beast reports that military officials fear that the company’s technology could interfere with GPS signals-and that two U.S. officials allege the White House tried to influence their [congressional] testimony to rush key testing, to LightSquare’s benefit.”
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that his committee plans to investigate government loans to private companies made by the Obama Administration, according to The Hill. Now, Solyndra’s chief executive and chief financial officer have invoked their Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions at the hearings
Also in the Heritage Foundation report it was stated that “A cross-border gun-running scandal, deaths in the United States and Mexico, staff removals and resignations, secret audio recordings, complaints from foreign officials, hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, bankruptcy, an FBI raid, campaign donors, and allegations of inappropriate White House influence in congressional testimony; and the just reported suicide of ATF agent Jeff Ryan of the LA Field Division. There are serious questions coming out of Washington. It’s time for the media to start demanding answers.”
The mainstream media was very quick to investigate and demand the resignation of a GOP politician for simply sending emails to an underage Congressional Page with no evidence of any contact whatsoever; but a full-fledged taxpayer rip-off scandal by a liberal Democrat president’s administration doesn’t even rate a second thought for investigative purposes. Double standards anyone?
The end of this Administration can’t come soon enough.