In Interviews, Author Doesn't Credit Reporters Who Broke Fast and Furious (Pavlich Responds)

A Breitbart review of Katie Pavlich's book on Fast and Furious heaps more injustice on the mounds already piling up around the ATF gunwalking program.

Few journalists have devoted as much time reporting on Fast and Furious as Pavlich. As the news editor of Townhall, she has asked questions the mainstream media ignored. Now her book pieces the story together for a complete picture of how a government-run operation turned deadly.

Kudos to 23-year old Katie for capitalizing on the hard work of three guys who not only have been on this since day one but who actually broke the story in late December of 2010.

No hard feelings and who cares who actually gets the credit if in the end there's justice for the murdered souls of the Obama administration's number one scandal. I'm sure Mike Vanderboegh, Dave Workman and David Codrea, being the three exceptional investigative journalists they are would agree.

But there's something smarmy about Pavlich's latest Fox interviews. She didn't even mention the information which she compiled was due to the heavy lifting of others. Not to acknowledge that in each and every interview says a lot about Ms. Pavlich.

Meanwhile, David Codrea of the Examiner gives us the latest update on exclusive documents received by Mike Vanderboegh. Talk about dedicated Patriots. These trench warriors may not be one of the top 5 "hottest" conservative journalists but their dedication to their country in digging for the truth of the gunwalking murders can't be matched. 

From the Examiner:

Another significant piece of information contained in the report, yet so far largely unexplored by major media: The participation in the contact interview with Celis-Acosta by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Layne France, a person first called to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers following revelation of a February 3, 2011 letter from ATF Agent Gary Styer that supported allegations by whistleblowing Agent John Dodson and refuted since-withdrawn denials of "gunwalking" by Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich.

The participation of SA France] provides direct documentary evidence of group participation outside of Justice, in this case Homeland Security," this correspondent wrote, "and should provide an entirely new avenue to explore in terms of authorizations, reports and memos/communications."

The problem with that expectation was, most major media have no intention of exploring any avenue that leads to Washington. It tells us all we need to know that a severely ill man in chronic pain, trying to recover from life-threatening surgery and its complications, including a massive infection, is doing more from his bed in ICU as he drifts in and out of sleep than most of the major "Authorized Journalist" networks and newspapers combined.

I haven't read Katie's book so I don't know if she's given these unsung heroes their due in print. I know it probably doesn't matter to them, that's how heroes and real freedom fighters are. They work quietly while others get the glory. After a 16-month congressional investigation yielding no contempt or criminal charges, the first journalists on the case know Gunwalker is not even out of the prologue stage.

I spoke with Mike V last summer.

After I hung up the phone it dawned on me he was a fearless, selfless American who was not only committed to seeing mass murderers brought to justice but who also didn't give a care if anybody knew his name.

Still, it would have been nice if Pavlich had given credit where credit was due.

Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report


Katie Pavlich responds:

This is in response to Catharine Evans' story in today's American Thinker. I do in fact give Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea extensive credit in the book for their efforts and also gave them credit for breaking the story before anyone else in a speech yesterday. I am aware Catharine admitted she hadn't yet read the book, but regardless, see pages 69-70, 73-74 and 193. Not only do I give them their due credit, I also cite theirwork throughout the book.

As Catharine mentions, "No hard feelings and who cares who actually gets the credit if in the end there's justice for the murdered souls of the Obama administration's number one scandal." In the television world, the most important thing to do in a short period of time is to get the main points across about this lethal scandal, hence the reason I gave both Codrea and Vanderboegh credit in the book.

I would also like to add that I greatly appreciate and respect their work.

Thank you,

Katie Pavlich



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