Michael's Dispatches



10 April 2009

A reader correctly pointed out that I mis-linked a story.  In fact, we seem to have swapped links during the editing process.  Going into our 5th year, this appears to be the first time this has happened, and we greatly appreciate that a reader pointed out the error in the dispatch titled: Classic

There were no actual misquotes or misrepresentations, just an address incorrectly hyperlinked to a related story.  Still, that is too much, and the reader feedback is greatly appreciated.

It is important to add that some websites are running fast and furious with misquotes of my words.  They misquote, through sloth or intention, and build a case from there.  Nowhere have I said that rocket launchers and machineguns are being legally purchased in the United States and being shipped abroad.  I offer a $10 reward for the first person who finds such a quote from me.  I would also ask that all those who made such assertions, erroneously, send me $10 when they fail to find the quotes.

Insofar as my mislink:

The story that was actually linked: The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S.

Should have been this story, by Matt Sanchez:

Mexican Drug Cartels Armed to the Hilt, Threatening National Security

Wednesday, February 04, 2009  
By Matt Sanchez

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    JohnF · 12 years ago
    Michael, my problem with what you've written doesn't lie in the details, it lies in the fact that you are repeating the propaganda that is being unleashed for one purpose. That purpose is to soften the American public for the further unconstitutional (read illegal) restrictions on firearm and ammunition ownership, transfer, and carrying in the US. You are providing a forum for the propaganda without applying your usual critical thinking skills. And in almost the same breath, you express something like a moral equivalence between the government's unconstitutional (read illegal, or maybe treasonous) behaviour towards citizens who are doing nothing more than engaging in a God-given right, and between individuals who want nothing more than the government to leave them and their guns the hell alone. That would be like saying, "I don't trust Al Qaeda, but I don't trust the US military either, so I will listen to both sides and see if we can come to a reasonable compromise." I expected better from you Michael.
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    senorlechero · 12 years ago
    I'm sure there are some who have misquoted you Mr. Yon, but the problem isn't what you've said, it's what you are alluding to and promoting. When you promote the idea (aggressively I might add) that 90% of the weapons the drug cartels in Mexico are using come from the U.S. you invite the common sense response...."BS!" We all know that full auto weapons, rocket launchers, and grenades most likely do NOT come from the US. The vast majority of weapons seized in raids are not traces, and it has been pointed out that the most likely reason for that is that those weapons obviously are not traceable to the US.

    The longer you continue promoting your biased views on this issue the more readers will drop their respect for you. I'm nearly there. If you can be so off base on some issues it's difficult for me to believe your credibility is there when reporting on the war.

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