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    Sharyl Attkisson is an Unreasonable Pit Bull: And My Hero

    Sharyl Attkisson is an Unreasonable Pit Bull: And My Hero


    There just aren’t that many people in the world who will gamble with their entire career in order to stick by the truth – but Sharyl Attkisson is one of those few. In a world of lapdog journalists – doing their overlord’s bidding – Sharyl is the tip of the spear in true investigative journalism.

    In the course of her reporting, she’s been harassed, intimidated, smeared with the most vile of vitriol and been called a “Pit Bull.”… And that’s just her employers – imagine what the people who she exposes as corrupt politicians say?

    It ain’t easy when the career you’ve trained for all your life is on the line, but this pit bull doesn’t care. The truth is the truth and no amount of leftist presence at the top of her industry is going to stop her:

    In her own words:
    Reporters on the ground aren’t necessarily ideological, Attkisson says, but the major network news decisions get made by a handful of New York execs who read the same papers and think the same thoughts.

    Often they dream up stories beforehand and turn the reporters into “casting agents,” told “we need to find someone who will say . . .” that a given policy is good or bad. “We’re asked to create a reality that fits their New York image of what they believe,” she writes.

    Reporting on the many green-energy firms such as Solyndra that went belly-up after burning through hundreds of millions in Washington handouts, Attkisson ran into increasing difficulty getting her stories on the air. A colleague told her about the following exchange: “[The stories] are pretty significant,” said a news exec.

    “Maybe we should be airing some of them on the ‘Evening News?’ ” Replied the program’s chief Pat Shevlin, “What’s the matter, don’t you support green energy?”

    Says Attkisson: That’s like saying you’re anti-medicine if you point out pharmaceutical company fraud.
    In her new book; “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington”, Attkisson let’s it fly and unloads on her fellow “journalists” in television news for carrying water for their ideology – in favor of the truth.

    Hat tip: NY Post:

    Barack Obama works on a speech with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.Photo: Pete Souza/White House

    When the White House didn’t like her reporting, it would make clear where the real power lay. A flack would send a blistering e-mail to her boss, David Rhodes, CBS News’ president — and Rhodes’s brother Ben, a top national security advisor to President Obama.

    The administration, 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.”

    Similarly, though the major media can’t mention the Fast and Furious scandal without a world-weary eyeroll, Attkisson points out that the story led to the resignation of a US attorney and the head of the ATF and led President Obama to invoke for the first time “executive privilege” to stanch the flow of damaging information.

    Attkisson also unloads on her colleagues in big-time TV news for their cowardice and cheerleading for the Obama administration while unmasking the corruption, misdirection and outright lying of today’s Washington political machine.

    Calling herself “politically agnostic,” Attkisson, a five-time Emmy winner, says she simply follows the story, and the money, wherever it leads her.

    In nearly 20 years at CBS News, she has done many stories attacking Republicans and corporate America, and she points out that TV news, being reluctant to offend its advertisers, has become more and more skittish about, for instance, stories questioning pharmaceutical companies or car manufacturers.

    “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.”

    One of her bosses had a rule that conservative analysts must always be labeled conservatives, but liberal analysts were simply “analysts.” “And if a conservative analyst’s opinion really rubbed the supervisor the wrong way,” says Attkisson, “she might rewrite the script to label him a ‘right-wing’ analyst.”


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    Ingraham: White House 'Hiding the Ball' on Major News Stories

    Monday, 27 Oct 2014 07:55 PM

    By Jason Devaney

    Laura Ingraham lashed out at the news media and the Obama administration on her radio show Monday in the wake of a former CBS reporter's allegations that the network was biased toward the left.

    "There has been a six-year-long game of hiding the ball on pretty much every major news story, except the few news stories that have been good for their political narrative, like the killing of Bin Laden," Ingraham said.

    Ingraham addressed the topic because of what former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson wrote in her new book, "Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington."

    According to the New York Post, Attkisson made several claims against the network, including how it dissuaded her from pursuing stories about the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi and the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal.

    Attkisson also wrote that CBS executives asked her to stop appearing on Ingraham's "extremely, extremely far right" show.

    "What is CBS News so afraid of?" asked Ingraham. "One would think that when their reporters are getting incredibly powerful support and coverage and promotion in other venues, that's a pretty big deal, right? This is a show that everyone from Mitt Romney to Bono has been on, for goodness sakes.

    "What they do is they don't call her saying, 'great work, great work for advancing the narrative.' They call her up to tell her to not go on the show anymore.

    "Where are the honest media people who call out this outrageous response by a so-called news organization? Are they all afraid? Are they all afraid of stepping on toes here? Are they afraid of losing their access to the Obama administration? You have no access to the Obama administration. Do you realize that? There is no access. They are giving you no access. There has been no transparency."

    In her book and as reported by The Blaze, Attkisson also says the government hacked into her work and personal computers and planted monitoring devices that recorded her activities.

    She also writes that there were three classified documents implanted into the hard drive of one of her computers — possibly to be used against her at a later date.
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