Steven Brill has weighed in with a blog post in the Columbia Journalism Review. The Conclusion:
Someone needs to wade through all of this. And until that happens, for my money the Fortune piece is credible enough that the rest of the press needs, despite Holder’s own hapless admission, to stop referring to the charge of Fast and Furious gun walking and the deliberate planting of guns with Mexican drug gangsters as a fact. [emphasis added].
Which is one of the largest questions raised by Eban's article. Who is that SOMEBODY?
Unfortunately, the reporting staffs of our large daily newspapers have been gutted. Print journalism is on life support.
So we are left with one investigative journalist at CBS framing the issue and successfully whipping segments of the public into a fury.
And, after this became the basis for charging the US Attorney General with contempt of congress, a lone journalist (albeit one with the backing of Conde Nast) to provide a radically alternative view.