Classic

07 April 2009

War correspondent Matt Sanchez emailed saying he authored this FOX story.

Mr. Sanchez also wrote:

"You're looking at this from a rational, dispassionate, journalistic point of view--that's a mistake.  I wrote that article on Mexico and I had one side calling me a traitor (Sanchez denouncing Mexico) another side claiming I was slandering gun dealers and insisting I was a New York liberal.  You just can't win in this one.  Stick to the facts."

Now that is classic!  Matt Sanchez, traitor and New York liberal.  (Not in his current incarnation.)

This bio describes Mr. Sanchez more accurately:

"Matt Sanchez is a journalist and war correspondent who writes on military and technology issues for Foxnews.com.  Matt has traveled extensively throughout both Iraq and Afghanistan and has embedded with over 50 military units including the Iraqi and Afghan armies.  A former Marine, Sanchez is one of a handful of journalist embeds who has served in the military.  Sanchez was credited with debunking the Baghdad Diarist, Scott Beauchamp. Matt Sanchez currently appears in the French language program Kiosque,  and is a frequent contributor to the Foxnews Strategy Room."

 

[Correction Notice: The link in this story was incorrectly linked to a different article. Link corrected 10 April 2009.]

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# Ranger G 2009-04-07 04:29
Mike, by and large I think you've come down squarely on clarity and objectivity, and that's what we need on this Mexico issue. The Reynosa siezure--assumi ng that the linked article is accurate--shows both sides of the issue: on one hand, guns do flow in some quantity from U.S. dealers via straw buyers to Mexico. But hand grenades don't--especial ly South Korean hand grenades. And if they have access to that type of ordnance, then I suspect that using firearms procured via U.S. retail is not at all essential to the cartels--its either a convenience, or the way less powerful groups get their firearms.

Practically speaking, I'd think the "straw buyer" practice will go away in a hurry, as it is too easy to set up a sting and follow the guns to the users. Once serious effort is put on watching US exports down to Mexico, that avenue will dry up. So I applaud adding the agents to the border to shut down the practice--and at the same time say, "absolutely right, Obama will milk every angle on this to shut down private firearm ownership in the U.S." Do be careful that you are absolutely accurate, and are meticulous about context with this--the right to bear arms is one of the few rights that separates a free country and a free people from the socialistic/com munistic regimes.

I think it would also be helpful for you to comment on your exposure to some other societies and contrast, say Israel with its incredible number of small arms in the general populace, with Iraq which also has similar levels of firearms in private hands, with Mexico, where firearms are all but banned. Put another way, could a drug cartel operate in Tel Aviv the way it does in Tijuana?N

Good luck with this one, Mike.
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# MAC 2009-04-08 12:03
THANKS, MICHAEL, FOR THE PHOTO AND FWD. MORE LIGHT IS SHED. AS TO THEIR REMARK ABOUT OBAMA MILKING EVERY ANGLE TO FURTHER HIS GUN CONFISCATION ISSUE, IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE. HE PROMISED AS MUCH IN ONE OF HIS EARLY CAMPAIGN SPEECHES.

GOOD LUCK, AND STAY LOOSE,

MAC
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# senorlechero 2009-04-08 14:03
This garbage is not worth reporting on, but that's what Michael Yon does from time to time. It's such a distraction from the good work he does. Matt Sanchez does the exact thing he accuses FOX news of doing, yet gives even less backup for his report.

The "Mexico guns from the US" story is so suspect on it's face that without absolute proof for his position, Sanchez never should have made the claim, and Michael never should have put it here.

There are hundreds of negative comments here...comments that make valid points, and very few positive comments in support of Michael...comme nts that amount to "Yon is great, stop being mean to him"

You'd think that after a few years of pointing out the weakness of the US position on Iraq he would know when to end his own weak position.
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# Tomcatshanger 2009-04-09 17:22
Look, this isn't Rocket Surgery here. Reporting the facts means getting things right from time to time. When you can't even publish the correct link to the article someone you hold up as an example published, it's real hard to believe you bothered to research ANYTHING else that you publish about the situation you are thousands of miles from.

Matt Sanchez is not credited on the Fox story. Are you saying William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott did not give credit where it was due?

Or are you saying Mr. Sanchez should get credit on the My San Antonio story by Todd Bensman?

In fact, after a google search it appears that Mr Sanchez did not publish either of the articles you linked to previously, but he published this one on Foxnews.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,487911,00.html

If you are interested in the facts, you should stop publishing stories from others that editorializes that the untraced guns also came from the US. That's not fact, that's hearsay, opinion, or personal bias showing through.

I have no idea why you seemingly want the Mexican problem to be US Guns, but that sure is the appearance you are pushing.
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# Tomcatshanger 2009-04-09 17:26
Look, this isn't Rocket Surgery here. Reporting the facts means getting things right from time to time. When you can't even publish the correct link to the article someone you hold up as an example published, it's real hard to believe you bothered to research ANYTHING else that you publish about the situation you are thousands of miles from.

Matt Sanchez is not credited on the Fox story. Are you saying William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott did not give credit where it was due?

Or are you saying Mr. Sanchez should get credit on the My San Antonio story by Todd Bensman?

In fact, after a google search it appears that Mr Sanchez did not publish either of the articles you linked to previously, but he published this one on Foxnews.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,487911,00.html

If you are interested in the facts, you should stop publishing stories from others that editorializes that the untraced guns also came from the US. That's not fact, that's hearsay, opinion, or personal bias showing through.

I have no idea why you seemingly want the Mexican problem to be US Guns, but that sure is the appearance you are pushing.
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# Pam formerly of Freno, CA--now 9mi east of Placerville 2009-04-11 18:33
Beautiful ethereal pix. Thank you for my beautiful new wallpaper. As much as I believe you could bring truth and focus to the southern border, I fear for your life there more than anywhere in the middle east. I don't know Michael. My husband worked for INS for 20 years, it's duplicitious, deadly, and a snake pit and then there is MS13. But you're right. We need to close the border. God bless you for your willingness to consider doing Paul Revere's ride AGAIN! Be well, stay safe and if you go to Mexico TRUST NO ONE! Donation at the beginning of next month. Have your read Legacy and Tyranny by Mark Levine? EXCELLENT BOOK. Want me to send it to you? Send me an address or should I just send it to you address on the blog?
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