“CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Says WH Spokesman Screamed and Cursed at Her Over Fast & Furious Investigation”
Oh, lookit! It seems Bob Woodward, who incidentally is old and silly and not terribly liberal-friendly and never really did all that much to bring down Nixon to begin with (and even if he did, he probably did so by being dishonest and mean), isn’t the only reporter who, for the crime of straight reporting, is being harangued by the White House — though without Obama’s consent or knowledge, naturally.
Ace (via guest post by JWF) has the clip of Attkisson’s appearance on “The Laura Ingraham Show” in which the CBS reporter details reaction from the White House and DOJ spokespeople to her reporting on “Fast and Furious,” a scandal for which the President has not been directly questioned, and one that has left in its wake as many lingering questions as it has murdered men, women, and children, be they US border patrol agents, Latina celebrities, or teens attending birthday parties in Mexico.
And this comes before her follow-up reporting on Benghazi last evening, which is likely to draw equally sharp rebukes from the media minders who give American Pravda its daily marching orders.
Here’s the relevant portions of the Ingraham transcript:
1:31 – In between the yelling that I received from Justice Department yesterday, the spokeswoman–who would not put anything in writing, 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–so we talked on the phone and she said things such as the question Holder answered was different than the one he asked. But he phrased it, he said very explicitly, ‘I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.’
6:05 – Laura: So they were literally screaming at you?
Attkisson: Yes. Well the DOJ woman was just yelling at me. The guy from the White House on Friday night literally screamed at me and cussed at me. [Laura: Who was the person? Who was the person at Justice screaming?] Eric Schultz. Oh, the person screaming was [DOJ spokeswoman] Tracy Schmaler, she was yelling not screaming. And the person who screamed at me was Eric Schultz at the White House.”
7:33 – Laura: Do we know the exact number [of guns] that went over to Mexico?
Attkisson: We know more than 2,000 in Fast and Furious and I will soon be reporting on the fact that that is not the only case. 2,000 for that operation according to the agents involved.
8:28 – …Is it sort of a drip, drip. And I’m certainly not the one to make the case for DOJ and White House about what I’m doing wrong. They will tell you that I’m the only reporter–as they told me–that is not 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 it.
And there we have it yet again: an attempt by the first postmodern, faculty lounge presidency to invert the conventional meaning of words as used in the context of a free market, representative republic built around a stable Constitution and its attendant Bill of Rights.
Just as “tolerance” has come to mean a prohibition on giving offense (precisely the opposite of how it was understood by the Founders and Framers), or “fairness” to mean “special dispensation,” or “equality” to mean “conformity of outcome” rather than universal opportunity, here “bias” is redefined as breaking from a controlled and manipulated consensus of silence — that is, bias and propaganda. Or to put it another way, “bias,” to the progressive left, is now defined as as failure to engage in bias if that bias is the means for achieving certain ends.
Up is down. Black is white. Serena is Venus — and Venus, Mars. Or maybe Pluto. If we still believed in such a thing.