Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson: Emails Reveal White House Hid Truths About Benghazi Attack

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& Amanda Winkler May 3, 2014

"If we knew everything then that we know now, one week after it happened, I think that would have been really devastating to [Obama's reelection] campaign," says former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, referencing the 2012 Benghazi terrorists attacks. Recently revealed White House

emails suggest that the Obama administration may have attempted to mislead the American public by placing the blame on an Internet video and not Islamic terrorists, which would have raised questions about Obama's foreign policy strategy.

Attkisson, an award winning investigative reporter, was one of the few journalists who continued pursuing the Benghazi story long after many in the main stream media lost interest. According to Attkisson, her bosses at CBS wanted her to drop the story. As a result, she left CBS, her employer for two decades, this past March over what she claims is "liberal bias" at the network and a lack of serious devotion to investigative reporting. 

She goes on to say that many in her field are frustrated by the decline of hard-hitting investigative reporting endemic at all networks and not just CBS. The congealing of corporate, news, and political interests at networks have made investigative journalism a relic of the past. 

"As one whistleblower put it to me: things have never been worse for people who try to speak the truth inside the government about illegalities and wrong doing. In their view, and I tend to agree, every administration is more clamped down and closed than the one before it. And the next one starts at the finishing point. It's very hard to make it go backwards. There are rules being implemented now against journalists and the type of work that we do that I think will be very hard to unwind." 

Attkisson sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss her reporting on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the decline of investigative journalism in America.

About 20 minutes.

Camera by Todd Krainin and Joshua Swain. Edited by Amanda Winkler. 


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  • Notorious G.K.C.|5.3.14 @ 10:34AM|#

    Attkisson should have known - CBS's idea of a scoop is publishing fake letters, not investigating scandals involving the death of American ambassadors.

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  • Francisco d'Anconia|5.3.14 @ 10:45AM|#

    "If we knew everything then that we know now, one week after it happened, I think that would have been really devastating to [Obama's reelection] campaign," says former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, referencing the 2012 Benghazi terrorists attacks. Recently revealed White House emails suggest that the Obama administration may have attempted to mislead the American public by placing the blame on an Internet video and not Islamic terrorists, which would have raised questions about Obama's foreign policy strategy.

    Are you fucking shitting me? Could it have been any more obvious?

    Not only did the media forsake its principles because it was "their man" in the crosshairs, but Romney could have BURIED Obama a month prior to the election, yet elected not to out of some misplaced sense of loyalty to national security.

    Raise your hands...who didn't know Obama was lying when they were still talking about a video two weeks after the incident?

    Please, don't insult my intelligence.

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  • Ken Shultz|5.3.14 @ 10:50AM|#

    "The Benghazi emails revealed earlier this week show a deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to mislead the American public about the September 2012 attack."

    The Obama Administration's behavior was disgraceful.

    They exploited anti-Muslim bigotry for the purpose of deflecting criticism away from President Obama mere weeks before an election--and all the Democrats who neglect to demand a full apology from the President for his bigoted behavior are, themselves, participating in Obama's disgusting bigotry.

    Watch them scream about Donald Sterling and the host of Top Gear! What the Obama Administration did was much worse than them, and the very least Obama should do is apologize for his Administration's bigoted statements. And "the Obama Administration" means Hillary Clinton.

    "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."

    She exploited anti-Muslim bigotry to deflect criticism away from herself and President Obama--in the name of tolerance. The least she can do is apologize for her bigotry, but she won't. Because she's not sorry. After all, what difference does it make?

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  • fredtyg|5.3.14 @ 10:51AM|#

    I really don't get the obsession with Banghazi. Should anybody be surprised that the Administration tried to put their own spin on it? I wasn't. Government (and businesses) have been doing that since time immemorial.

    Just like Snowden's NSA revelations. No surprise to me, thus no outrage.

    I'll agree it is a shame that investigative reporting seems to be on its way out.

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  • Rich|5.3.14 @ 10:54AM|#

    Good grief, Nick -- *Please* get her name right! 8-(

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