On Friday the Department of Justice indulged a favorite Washington practice, one meant to hide the truth from the American people even while submitting the same info to public scrutiny. It is called the Friday evening document dump and this one tends to show that the DOJ did lie about what it knew of Fast and Furious. And in a second story we find that the Drug Enforcement Agency (SEA) appears to have helped Mexican narco-terrorists launder their money in another failed “tracking” program.
The Friday evening document dump is a favorite practice because the government knows that when it dumps piles of documents into public view on Friday evening the media will pretty much ignore it as reporters have gone home for the evening and weekend editors and lite human interest stories are geared up for weekend publishing (and viewing on TV). The Old Media establishment usually just goes home on Friday at 5PM and serious stories are not often worked on over the weekend. So, the government can comply with its charge toward transparency but has the luxury of knowing that it can dump a bunch of sensitive, maybe even damaging documents into public view after 5PM on Friday and by the time Monday rolls around the Old Media will have moved on paying Friday’s documents little mind.
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