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Sharyl Attkisson Blasts Media’s Fast And Furious Coverage: “We Should All Be Embarrassed”

Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. today, and said it was a “hard sell” to get her old bosses at CBS to investigate and cover the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal and that “there were many who didn’t want the story covered” at all.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge, John D. Bates denied a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a bevy of Operation Fast and Furious documents, that were being embargoed by President Obama’s executive privilege. The Obama administration was forced to cough up the Fast and Furious documents as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request from the non-profit advocacy group Judicial Watch.

“We should all be embarrassed that we’re leaving it up to a conservative watch dog group to do the job that I think we should all be doing,” Attkisson said. “If the media pressed harder, reported more on it, made a bigger issue of these inexcusable restrictions of information under this administration maybe something could be done about it. If you reported it every day on the evening news, I think that the drumbeat might actually change things.”

“There were many who didn’t want the story covered, who for whatever reason decided it was a non-story even when the Attorney General was held in criminal contempt by Congress, this is the first time that’s ever happened to a sitting Attorney General, that was a hard sell that we should even cover that story,” she continued.

Earlier this year, Attkisson told Fox News host Howard Kurtz that the level of intimidation between the government and media reporters has always been “tense.” However, she added, “it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration.

“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?”


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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