Monday, May 20

Is trying to intimidate opponents or nosy reporters a standard Obama tactic?

In the wake of the revelations about the IRS attempt to intimidate conservative political groups I took a new look at a story from October of 2011, in which CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson said two functionaries in the DOJ raked her over the coals in a seeming attempt to intimidate her into abandoning her inquiry into the department's gun-running scheme called "Operation Fast and Furious."
Did the try to strong-arm a journalist in the wake of the Justice Department’s “Operation Fast and Furious” scandal? CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson says government leaders took a very aggressive tack following her revelations earlier this year.

Attkisson said DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler and White House associate communications director Eric Schultz yelled and screamed at her over the story.

“The DOJ woman was just yelling at me,” Attkisson said. “The guy from the White House on Friday night screamed at me and cussed at me.  Oh, the person screaming was Tracy Schmaler--yelling, not screaming. And the person who screamed at me was Eric Schultz at the White House.”

The reporter explained "I was asking for her explanation so there would be clarity and no confusion later over what had been said. She wouldn’t put anything in writing,” she said.  “So we talked on the phone and she said things such as ‘the question Holder answered was different than the one he asked.’ But the way he phrased it, he said very explicitly, ‘I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.’”

Attkisson also said the DOJ and White House representatives complained that CBS was “unfair and biased” because it didn’t give the White House favorable coverage on the developing scandal.

“They will tell you that I’m the only reporter, as they told me, [who] is not [being] reasonable. They say The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable — I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing [the story].”
Hmmm.  Pattern?


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