CBS journalist: White House, DOJ officials yelled at me over Fast & Furious reporting

posted at 3:25 pm on October 4, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Laura Ingraham’s producer Matt Wolking, vivid proof that it’s not true that “the media” is ignoring Fast & Furious. Most of the media is, but Sharyl Attkisson at CBS has been filing scoops damned near every day, including last night’s bombshell that briefings were sent to Holder as early as July 2010. Ingraham asked her about that in the clip you’re about to hear. Attkisson’s reply:

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.

Thousands of guns sold with U.S. government help to degenerates known for decapitating people and leaving their heads in the street as a warning to others, and yet Attkisson’s the one who’s “not reasonable” for finding it newsworthy. Skip ahead to 6:05 to hear her describe being yelled at not only by the DOJ but by White House spokesman Eric Schultz, who allegedly screamed and cursed at her over her reporting. But if you do skip ahead, you’ll be missing out: For my money, the best part of the clip is hearing Attkisson describe the progression of revelations about F&F from whistleblower John Dodson to the Phoenix ATF office to ATF headquarters to DOJ higher-ups. Even now, she says, the Justice Department won’t put anything in writing for her because they don’t want to be pinned down to any admissions. That’s how shady this is.

My one quibble with her: Early in the clip, she notes that the briefings Holder received never explicitly stated “we let guns walk.” That’s true, but they did say that the guns obtained by straw purchasers “were then supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels.” That’s not supposed to happen; in a normal sting involving straw purchasers, the purchaser is immediately arrested and the weapon confiscated. How come the alarm bells didn’t ring for Holder (or for whichever underling read that memo for him) when they saw that part?

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