Fast and Furious Media Bias
Dan Gainor says NBC swallows pride and a lot of crow to report on Fast and Furious scandal
- Duration 9:36
- Date Jun 15, 2012
Dan Gainor says NBC swallows pride and a lot of crow to report on Fast and Furious scandal
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The fast and furious scandal.
Has now hit.
Some of the members of the mainstream media that have not been -- covering it now remember it's been over a year since we learned of the death of the patrol border but the Border Patrol agent.
And we know that there was a gun running operation.
On the other side of the border in Mexico and that one of those guns supplied by our US.
Guys ended up at the crime scene or the death scene of that Border Patrol agents a lot of questions as to just how safe this operation was.
Who knew about it who was in charge and in the hot seat as you know from this week's testimony on the hill.
His attorney general Eric Holder.
Well -- mainstream media haven't really covering -- until now.
There's a guy like follow on Twitter name Dan Gaynor I'm not the only one who follows him he used to be -- the -- program quite often.
And he is the vice president of business and culture Media Research Center he looks at all things in the media he's gonna join us now via satellite from.
DC -- always good to see you thanks for being on the program.
Thank you -- -- always good to see we have found that seeing you does yet.
I doubt we'll be right you can't -- -- I can see you look.
You wrote an opinion piece which people -- on foxnews.com if they click on the opinion -- they can click over and you said -- One of the alphabet networks.
Is swallowing its pride and a whole lot of pro this week to report on fast and furious tell me about those.
Well this is fast and furious if you're conservative is a big deal you know all about it you know.
That this story all you are concerned it conservative as -- -- because because there -- good news networks.
With the exception of CBS have basically not told anybody about this.
This debate this issue has been going on for a year.
And if you watch CBS -- rockets and has done a wonderful dot literally an award winning job covering this.
And that if you watch ABC or NBC they've had almost live coverage and fact for a year.
NBC didn't cover this story whatsoever.
They finally the -- -- this week in coverage but they didn't want to.
This -- I know from your article.
-- you don't I don't want people to get the impression that you do a whole lot of mudslinging here because that's not really what this is about what you're looking at is just to covered what and win.
And you're saying that NBC.
-- finally stepped up to the plate to cover the story which at the very heart of it.
If the death of -- US Border Patrol agent and that -- you are critical of how they did -- it wasn't enough just to cover why.
Now because because.
I mean you should cover it can imagine how many years worth of news information that you've got it that you catch up on.
And of course -- there's no way they're gonna do that in no way they're gonna fact that we do it so they spin it as just you know it.
As another political thing.
And Al -- if you look at this this has been the theme of all the media outlets exception -- -- -- you've got PBS or NPR doing it this way you've got.
Print outlets doing this even some of the online political outlets doing this.
CBS has stood you've stood -- really.
I it is a network how often criticized for a lot of things but they have done a wonderful job.
Covering this story.
Is it Chirac as soon.
-- deserves props because it's hard to get a story that makes a democratic president a democratic administration.
Look bad it's hard to get that on network didn't.
You know what some people are probably scratching their heads at this point and think oh my gosh is this guy's just picking on the other network is that you know.
But but that's what this is about you say conservatives are concerned that there are a whole lot of people who are concerned about this particular issue.
Fast and furious on what what does happen.
What is it that's been missing that you say that we're just not getting out there and CBS's in his -- fox has been covering -- at CBS as well as putting it out there.
-- mean first of all you have you have eight a scandal here where the attorney general of the United States -- in 1995.
That we need to basically demonize guns we need we -- we need.
To propaganda -- about guns to change when people think about it and then when he's attorney general.
It sets up this plan to rescind it guns illegally.
To Mexico -- the -- that they do everything but FedEx that the Mexican drug lords.
In theory there were going to -- In theory in practice they they -- a couple thousand guns and they pay attention to where they went.
They killed and wounded who knows how many Mexicans.
And and an American border agent.
So and that I mean if if the essence of bias Harris is.
When you look at a story you try to picture -- that would be covered if that that the players were were different.
If instead of it being the holder if this had been did you know the Bush Administration.
Didn't the media -- put this on the front page network news shows would have -- with this with -- that.
Well it's kind of hard to have a crystal ball to see what would've happened but I see the point that you're making -- mean arguably we can't say what.
Would have happened we can only look at history as a guide let me ask you this what was the tipping point to get NBC to cover -- Well this isn't -- -- Eric Holder once again it was called the Capitol Hill.
And congress was making big noises about.
They wanted a whole lot of documents that his department was holding and they were as of as of the twentieth next week.
They were actually going to have you know it it hearings about the holding him in content.
Mail today and this is actually the news today.
Holder has come out and said that there will be another release of documents that congress wants.
It's unclear if this will be enough for congress -- they they they still they wanted a lot more documents but he is the threat of -- content.
Has clearly brought him to -- -- somewhat.
And so that's what NBC was covering that -- here.
I was watching part of a news conference the other day.
-- and I -- it was Norah O'Donnell from NBC who asked the question.
You know just in terms of investigations that also an -- stepping away now from fast and furious -- something else going on that affects.
AG Eric Holder announced the leaks.
The national security links.
And I think it was Norah O'Donnell from NBC who asked the question what are you hearing a loud cries for -- more than just appoint these two -- you've chosen to look into this.
Are you hearing -- cries for an independent counsel.
Well and -- you -- -- in another era that the media love the celebrate Watergate.
And win when a government would do something like that would basically -- its own to investigate something -- done -- and you're very likely.
You're wrong -- possibly criminal.
They they would be calls that this was a cover up.
And that's but that's a Watergate -- term and you don't hear that you know much anymore when when they're Democrats in the White House.
You can't have the government effectively investigate itself when you're talking about a leak investigation.
But you're right -- you I think -- does doing this for some time -- leaks happen in leaks are they did or did journalists.
They -- when when leaks happened that involve national security.
And you'll put government programs that it did so that protect us at risk.
Well -- something is the look and say who's doing that you look at the -- times story about these leaks the stories.
Consistently paint Obama in a positive light.
See other people were leaking this are Obama.
Allies or confidant well we don't look.
We -- -- -- written are solely at least who likes him because that's the release are characterized.
What we don't know that but we do know that there are a number of members.
Congress you now have.
Instead we needed in the -- and independent counsel to look at this.
We need to know where this leaks are coming from I wanna walk it back now to throw quickly to fast and -- on -- live track.
She ever need is writing the networks -- not cover the left unfavorably as a whole because it doesn't reflect their values especially since they -- usually owned by liberally biased corporations.
I'll give you the last word on that and we'll take a break.
Well anyway it turned -- right I made at least in part I mean it that is sort of the corporations it's the people who do it I don't every study across the board.
About media people shows and even you look at -- studies which is -- liberal organization itself shows that.
Media people are consistently -- more liberal and vote more democratic than the average population the American populace was 42% self identified as conservative.
Media -- -- major news outlets vote 521 Democrat.
I will quickly from the live chat Chris givens -- writes I can't believe it left networks didn't even cover fast and furious from the perspective.
Of the right being wrong just to pursue the truth it is an interesting perspective that he points out.
But that would admit they would had -- then highlight the scandal.
So as it is it's a lot easier to just brush it under the rug.
Are right day day are always good to have you on the program and get your point of view if you want more of his opinion go to our opinion page.
On foxnews.com click on the tab on the front home -- and you can read more Dan thank you so much for being with us this morning.
Thank those who thought -- all right let's take a quick break we'll be right back.