Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has become a right-wing media darling in recent months, even though she is hardly a conservative herself. Simply by being one of the few American journalists willing to investigate the Obama administration, she has endeared herself to millions who are sick and tired of the liberal news conglomerate covering up for this president at every turn. Now Attkisson is moving beyond reporting and book-promotion, bringing a lawsuit against the administration.
The suit seeks $35 million in damages, but Attkisson insists that the money is the least of her concerns. For her, this is simply another step in a personal inquiry into how deeply the Justice Department compromised her privacy. She is accusing Obama’s hounds of hacking into her computers to conduct illegal surveillance, and she has three independent forensic examinations backing her claim.
These aren’t new accusations. The Justice Department actually responded to the charge in 2013, denying any involvement. But according to Attkisson, hackers with a possible Washington connection installed software on her computers at work and at home. That software was used to steal data, cull passwords, and monitor her work. She hopes to use the lawsuit as a means of further investigation, relying on the discovery process to force the Justice Department to tip their hand and answer her questions.
A White House Shrouded in Secrecy
Attkisson left CBS News last year after working for the network for more than 20 years. She claims the head honchos in the news division circled the wagons around Obama, responding negatively to her inquires into several administration scandals, including Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” operation and the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi. Liberals looking to discredit the Emmy-award winning journalist claim she abandoned impartiality to pursue an agenda.
This leaves observers to make their own conclusions, at least until this lawsuit gets moving through the court system. But while outlets like Politico and the Washington Post are already taking sides against Attkisson, sensible readers must ask themselves: what seems more likely? Did a veteran CBS reporter up and decide one day to become a conservative extremist, chasing down conspiracy theories to secure herself a blogging gig at Breitbart down the road? Or did the Obama administration – long touted as the most closed-off, secretive White House in modern history – go to illegal lengths to shut down uncomfortable inquiries into their scandals?
Keep in mind that Attkisson is taking aim at the same DOJ that was pinched for secretly obtaining the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors in 2013. At the time, AP President Gary Pruitt said the revelation was nothing less than a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into the news business. It’s the same Obama administration that USA Today‘s Susan Page said was “more dangerous” and “more restrictive” than any other administration in history. It’s the same administration that named Fox News reporter James Rosen a criminal co-conspirator in an overzealous investigation into their own leaks.
That anyone in the press would take sides with the administration in this kind of climate goes to show how thoroughly vapid the liberal media has become.