This morning bloggers who have written extensively on the 'Project Gunwalker' scandal--also known as 'Operation Fast and Furious'--had an email waiting for them from U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa, R-California, inviting them to participate in a conference call on the investigation into the scandal. In issuing the invitation, Issa went around the mainstream media, discarding them in fact, in order to go directly to the ones who have faithfully investigated and reported the facts concerning this case.
Issa's decision marks a watershed event, signaling that the era of big media domination of the news is over.
Although Issa did not say so directly, the news conference with bloggers is symbolic of deep frustration. The mainstream media's handling of the scandal has been less than thorough to say the least. Most have ignored it outright. The rest have treated the story as a minor occurrence during which 'a sting operation went awry due to the misguided actions of rogue ATF agents.'