This brings to mind my favorite Ghandi quote: "First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then... YOU WIN".
As you can see, Bitcoin has advanced to the "THEN THEY FIGHT YOU" stage. Bitcoin is a genuine threat to the Banksters because it ELIMINATES THE MIDDLE-MAN which is what the Banksters are.
The headline could have been... "BITCOIN SAVES YOU MOST OF THE 3% COMMISSION THE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES TAKE FROM EVERYTHING YOU BUY" but it isn't. I bet you've never heard that simple story of the legitimate benefit of Bitcoin offers. Instead you hear about drug-dealing, fraud, danger, government arrests, etc. Just another data point confirming that all major-media stories are slanted to preserve the status-quo.
The real threat is that Bitcoin transactions are "anonymous" taking away the government's visibility into transactions that is a key part of their ability to TAX transactions (sales tax, income tax...).
I think the Empire is just beginning to Strike Back. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.