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

"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.

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commented 2014-05-04 00:54:57 -0400 · Flag
The Editor writes:

Fascinating and eye-opening report. The political skulduggery that the Obama regime and their Pretorian Press perpetrated on the American public before the 2012 election is historic in its scope and will be remembered in history as a catastrophic degradation of the national interest for the purpose of pure politics. The IRS’s intimidation and negation of conservative groups, the cover-up of the mistakes made prior to Benghazi scandals, and the venal, disingenuous, and grotesque cover-up after the attack – properly reported – would have destroyed Obama’s re-election campaign.