A new book by one of the few truly tenacious reporters left in Washington harpoons President Obama and his much-taunted vow to create the "most transparent administration ever," cataloguing a whiny, thin-skinned press operation inside the White House and the ongoing cover-up of the president's fusterclucks by the mainstream media.
Ex-CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson unloads on press flacks and network honchos in her new book "Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington," reviewed in Sunday's New York Post. Some of the stories from inside the White House are just as you'd imagine them.
When Attkisson asked for details about what the U.S. military did during the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said to her, "I give up, Sharyl... I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess."
And when another White House lackey, Eric Schultz, grew annoyed by her questions on the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal that prompted Congress to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, he screamed: “Goddammit, Sharyl! The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!"
Attkisson eventually left CBS and is now a contributor to The Daily Signal, a media channel for conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. But she tells amazing stories about how the network all but gave up on investigative news, and how the latest anchor for the nightly news, Scott Pelley, couldn't care less.
The Post said:
When Attkisson had an exclusive, on-camera interview lined up with Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the YouTube filmmaker Hillary Clinton blamed for the Benghazi attacks, CBS News president [David] Rhodes nixed the idea: 'That’s kind of old news, isn’t it?' he said.
Coincidentally (or not), Rhodes's brother Ben is Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications in, you guessed it, the Obama White House.
Another time, she did a small story on school lunch fraud, but it was killed by higher ups, she thinks because of first lady Michelle Obama's association with such programs.
Then, the network went after her with a "whisper campaign."
“If I offered a story on pretty much any legitimate controversy involving government, instead of being considered a good journalistic watchdog, I was anti-Obama.”
On Benghazi -- a topic with dozens of still-unanswered questions -- the White House, "with the full cooperation of the media, has successfully turned 'Benghazi' into a word associated with nutters, like 'Roswell' or 'grassy knoll,' but Attkisson notes that 'the truth is that most of the damaging information came from Obama administration insiders. From government documents. From sources who were outraged by their own government’s behavior and what they viewed as a coverup,' " the Post wrote.
Atkisson also says one of her bosses made a rule in which conservatives were labeled as such in on-air reports, but liberals and left-wing analysts were not.
In another wonderful section, Attkisson muses about the national media and its ties to Obamacare.
'Many in the media,' she writes, 'are wrestling with their own souls: They know that ObamaCare is in serious trouble, but they’re conflicted about reporting that. Some worry that the news coverage will hurt a cause that they personally believe in. They’re all too eager to dismiss damaging documentary evidence while embracing, sometimes unquestioningly, the Obama administration's ever-evolving and unproven explanations.'
Read the full story here.