From the beginning when ATF whistleblowers first reported that their agency had engaged in an illegal program to send guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels, these conscientious agents maintained that the reason for the scheme was so that the Obama Administration could point to 'Gunwalker' or 'Fast and Furious' guns as 'proof' that draconian new gun control laws were needed in the U.S.
In most mainstream media outlets, this rationale has been totally ignored. The New York Times, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR have in one accord described the operation as a 'botched sting operation' intended to catch Mexican drug criminals. Even Fox News and CBS News, the two mainstream networks that have fairly reported on Fast and Furious, have been reticent about describing the scheme as a ruse intentionally implemented for the single purpose of padding gun statistics in Mexico so that the Administration could call for gun bans and highly restrictive firearms laws.
From the CBS News website:However, with a new report filed this evening by CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson, for the first time a major mainstream outlet has dropped the key bombshell in the entire fiasco.