Documents disclosed regarding the Fast and Furious scandal to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reveals the United States Department of Justice believed that former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was “out of control.”
Judicial Watch obtained 10,112 documents comprised of about 42,000 pages. The correspondence shows former United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler talking with White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about how “out of control” Attkisson has been in covering Fast and Furious; Schmaler intended on contacting her editor and host of CBS’s Face The Nation, Bob Schieffer.
“I”m also calling Sharryl’s editor and reaching out to Scheiffer. She’s out of control.”
This correspondence was from October 2011, when The White House denied any knowledge of the gun running scandal, even though reports show that they were briefed on the matter in 2010, The Daily Caller reported at the time.
Attkisson, who was with CBS News for more than two decades, left in March 2014 amid frustration on her part that her investigative pieces did not make the CBS Evening News more frequently. This is how she responded to the documents on Twitter:
Is this how you envision your tax dollars being spent? White House press flacks targeting press who report on them? http://t.co/1ZwdKJ4yiw
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) November 20, 2014
And she told Fox News in April:
“Now there have always been tensions, there have always been calls from the White House under any administration i assume, when they don’t like a particular story.
“But it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration and I think it’s a campaign that’s very well organized, that’s designed to have sort of a chilling effect and to some degree has been somewhat successful in getting broadcast producers who don’t really want to deal with the headache of it.
“Why put on these controversial stories that we’re going to have to fight people on, when we can fill the broadcast with other perfectly decent stories that don’t ruffle the same feathers?”
Schultz also told Schmaler he was sending her the National Journal’s Susan Davis, who was writing on House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) and could “load her up on leaks,” after her last piece “was really bad for the AG.” A few weeks later, Davis wrote a critical piece on on Issa, as pointed out by Human Events.
Schmaler left the DOJ in March 2013 after being caught colluding with left wing media watchdog organization Media Matters for America, and now works for a firm connected to former Obama adviser David Axelrod.
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