Thursday, June 28, 2012

Grassley Eviscerates Fortune Magazine Claims

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) doesn't think much of the Fortune Magazine article by Katherine Eban. He released a memo to reporters and editors today that savages it. Given that Sen. Grassley was the first person in Congress to take Project Gunwalker seriously, he is more than a little pissed off at this 11th-hour "Empire Strikes Back" attempt to denigrate the investigation.


To: Reporters and Editors
Re: Fortune magazine piece on Fast and Furious
Da: Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Fortune magazine piece on Operation Fast and Furious is problematic in several respects. Sen. Chuck Grassley began investigating the circumstances of the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry 18 months ago after whistleblowers came to him with concerns. The following statement is from Grassley’s office. Supporting documents are available here.

“The Fortune piece conspicuously ignores the most important fact in this case: ATF encouraged cooperating dealers to sell guns to known traffickers. That fact is key to understanding how ATF made a strategic choice to track the guns instead of stop them. The central claim of the article, that there was nothing ATF could have done to stop the illegal sales, is simply incompatible with the evidence. If it is true that ATF could not interdict and seize weapons due to legal hurdles beyond its control, then ATF had no business telling gun dealers to go ahead with the sales.

“The Fortune article asks the reader to believe that sworn statements by whistleblowers who put their careers on the line to expose the truth for Brian Terry’s family are merely conspiratorial fabrications for the sole purpose of getting back at their boss. It asks the reader to believe that the ATF Director, the Attorney General, the White House, and Congress all fell victim to the fabrication and completely misinterpreted or misunderstood the thousands of pages of documents that corroborate the whistleblower allegations. The Justice Department retracted its previous denials of those allegations last December 2. If the Fortune article is accurate, the Justice Department’s December 2 retraction would itself be a false capitulation under political pressure aimed at protecting senior DOJ officials at the expense of ATF field office personnel in Arizona.

“The Fortune article inexplicably credits the self-serving statements of the supervisors in Arizona responsible for overseeing Fast and Furious. There is no explanation as to why, given their obvious motive to claim there was no gun-walking to save themselves from criticism and punishment. That’s why the written records, the interviews on the record, and obtaining and weighing all evidence is so important. We can only draw fair, informed conclusions from the facts.”

Fortune is a business magazine and ought to concentrate on business issues. Any credibility they may have had on business issues is now suspect in my opinion. If they are willing to put their name and reputation on Eban's piece of junk research, what does that say about anything else they publish?


  1. The supporting documents Sen. Grassley provided tear the Fortune libel to shreds all by themselves.

  2. Reliance on two of the named conspirators in Gunwalker - and most likely two unnamed PR hacks who have driven most of the false story - does not give Fortune the type of vetting one comes to expect from such a fine magazine. Almost all of the facts stated are in contrast to leaked documents. The timing of the article (give the Dem opponents some ammo) is suspect and that's why I think the unnamed PR hacks are involved.

  3. During yesterday's contempt coverage on C-Span,a caller from California excitedly referenced the Fortune article,saying how much she had learned from it.She simply could not understand how the Republicans could get away with lying about Holder. The C-span commentator helpfully informed we the viewers that we could find a link to said article on the C-span website,and sure 'nuff,it's there. Unreal...