If one was to depend on the mainstream media or big media to know that Andrew Traver had been nominated by President Obama to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, you’d be out of luck.
Only two of the 25 largest newspapers in the country have any mention of the Traver nomination. The New York Times had a report on Nov. 15th and originally spelled Traver as “Taver”. They didn’t give much info other than that Traver is the SAC for the Chicago Field Division and that his confirmation would probably be opposed.
Al Kamen had a brief mention of Traver in his In The Loop column yesterday. Kamen’s column was where Traver’s nomination was first floated as a trial balloon back in August. He had this to say about it:
As we mentioned back on Aug. 4, if approved, Traver would be the first-ever Senate-confirmed ATF director. The position had been filled (at the Treasury Department and more recently at Justice) without Senate input. Since the job became Senate-confirmable in 2006, it seems, no one has made it past the watchful eyes of the gun lobby.
Hard to imagine Traver will be approved by the new Senate.
The only mention of Traver’s nomination in the Chicago area was on the WLS-TV, the ABC affiliate. Even then all they did was reprint the relevant parts of the press release from the White House announcing the nomination. No other newspaper or TV/radio station has any mention of Traver on their websites and that includes both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
So what about the major broadcast and cable networks? Nothing. No ABC, NBC, or CBS. No CNN, Fox, or MSNBC.
One must wonder why Andrew Traver is being treated as such a stealth candidate in the media. Is it because his appointment only matters to the gun culture and the anti-gun rights forces and for the rest of the world it is considered ho-hum news? Or is it because the intent is to sneak Traver through the confirmation process?
Sebastian at Snow Flakes in Hell is of the opinion that Obama is just waiting until Congress goes into recess to make this a recess appointment which wouldn’t require the advice and consent of the Senate. Traver would hold the office until the end of the next Congress or until the 112th Congress ends in 2012. We’ll just have to wait a few more days and see.
UPDATE: David Codrea agrees with Sebastian on the possibility of a recess appointment for Traver. He goes over the details in his National Gun Rights Examiner column.
UPDATE II: Welcome Instapundit readers and thanks to Glenn for the Instalanche!
Here are links to my earlier posts on Andrew Traver.
Feel free to post any or all of these blog entries on your favorite forum. Since the Big Media isn’t going to publicize the nomination, it will take an Army of Davids to do it instead. All I ask is that you include a link back to the original.