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A new take on the whistleblower

July 5, 2012 - Jim Anderson
For the longest time, the right-wing media complained that the mainstream media (apart from CBS News) was ignoring “Fast and Furious,” a mostly failed sting operation conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents in Arizona.

Recently, the mainstream media dipped another toe in the water in the form of a Fortune magazine piece, written by investigative reporter Katherine Eban. (Fortune is a business magazine published by Time Inc.)

Eban concluded that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. She also revealed that so-called whistleblower John Dodson, the ATF agent who started portraying Fast and Furious as a gun-walking operation, may be the only agent who purposely engaged in such a tactic.

The response from the right-wing media?

“Fortune flat out lies about Fast & Furious” trumpeted breitbart.com.

This story is a long ways from being resolved, but it will be interesting to see how it unfolds. CBS, which featured some of the first interviews with Dodson, has yet to follow up after Eban’s Fortune investigation.

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