The Department of Justice and Media Matters corresponded and coordinated on stories about Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” going so far as to disparage the citizen journalist who initially broke the story, Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller reported today, citing emails obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to determine the extent of cooperation between the government and the “progressive” advocacy group.
“The emails…often show department public affairs chief Tracy Schmaler communicating with Media Matters bloggers,” Fox News reported in a follow-up story noting the arrangement targeted administration critics. “Sometimes, the emails were in response to inquiries. Other times, Schmaler was pitching ideas, according to the Caller.”
“Nice to know the Gunwalker criminals are paying attention,” Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars observed in his response to the story, which included emails where Media Matters’ Matt Gertz told DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler that Vanderboegh was “three inches away from being an insurrectionist.”
“The revelation comes as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is preparing to hear from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz about his report on the gun walking scandal launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman noted.
Schmaler, regular Gun Rights Examiner readers will recall, is the DOJ official who dismissed as “spurious” and “frivolous” the complaint filed with the DC Bar Association by Vanderboegh and this correspondent over Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt of Congress citation for his refusal to produce subpoenaed Fast and Furious documents.
The War on Guns blog also posted an email sent to Vanderboegh and an undisclosed group of advisers in April inquiring about the feasibility of filing an FOIA to determine the extent of Justice Department/Media Matters coordination, but that was never followed up on. That makes the Caller’s effort an important actualization demonstrating what their editor Tucker Carlson called “moment-to-moment coordination” between the administration and its ideological amplifier representing itself to be independent media that matters.
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