Stonewalled CBS reporter fights back, embarrasses Obama administration on Twitter

Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson’s appears on “Face the Nation” to discuss “Fast and Furious.”

CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has had enough of the uber-secretive Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of four Americans, including that of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Attkisson has gone where no women and very few men have gone before in her pursuit of a story. Her reporting has earned her multiple Emmys, most recently for her investigations on Operation Fast and Furious. She’s also a multiple winner of the Radio and Television News Directors Association-Edward R. Murrow Award.

Attkisson knows when she’s being stonewalled or handed a line. The Obama administration, which calls itself the most open and transparent presidential administration in recent history, is doing both, and Attkisson voiced her frustrations on Twitter Tuesday evening to let the world know it.

She began at 9:41 p.m., tweeting about a statement the Obama administration sent to her and CBS News:

“@SharylAttkisson
The Obama Admin has indicated it will not be answering Benghazi questions we’ve been asking since Oct. I will list some of them.”

She followed up two minutes later with a question that took up two tweets:

“@SharylAttkisson
What time was Ambassador’s Stevens’ body recovered, what are the known details surrounding his disappearance and death…”

“. ..including where he/his body was taken/found/transported and by whom?”

And from that moment forward, she just kept hammering:

“Who made the decision not to convene the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) the night of the Benghazi attacks?”

“We understand that convening the CSG a protocol under Presidential directive (“NSPD-46”). Is that true? If not, please explain…”

“… if so, why was the protocol not followed?”

“Is the Administration revising the applicable Presidential directive? If so, please explain.”

“Who is the highest-ranking official who was aware of pre-911 security requests from US personnel in Libya?”

After Attkisson’s preliminary questions, she drove on, asking about the White House cover-up and its narrative blaming the incident on a demonstration against an anti-Islamic YouTube video:

“Who is/are the official(s) responsible for removing reference to al-Qaeda from the original CIA notes?”

“Was the President aware of Gen. Petraeus’ potential problems prior to Thurs., Nov. 8, 2012?”

“What is your response to the President stating that on Sept. 12, he called 911 a terrorist attack, in light of his CBS interview…”

“…on that date in which he answered that it was too early to know whether it was a terrorist attack?”

Attkisson B52

Attkisson was one of the first journalists to fly on a combat mission over Kosovo, seen here on an Air Force B-52 in 1999.

I’m not going to list all of Attkisson’s tweets — they’re too numerous, and they continued rapid-fire until 11:44 p.m. Then, the reporter apparently awoke in the middle of the night with the following afterthought:

“Forgot to mention that Sen. Graham has asked 4 transcripts of FBI iviews w/Benghazi survivors but at last word that hadn’t been provided”

“It should be pointed out that Attkisson hasn’t reported on the Benghazi story on the air since the November 23, 2012 edition of CBS This Morning, according to a search on Nexis,” Newsbusters reported Tuesday.

I just hope Attkisson keeps asking her questions — and doesn’t give up until someone in the administration finally starts answering them.

Read Attkisson’s entire string of tweets at Twitchy

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  • glenda

    Keep putting it to them untill Obama adminastration gives the truth and not lies.

  • Olivia

    Why didn't the congress people ask questions like that?

    • Jan

      They probably id in the closed door hearings so we will never know what was said in those. I do recall some very frustrated politicians who all said they had more questions than answers when interviewed after them.

  • Sonia Fagg

    It's refreshing to know there is someone in the media who knows the right questions to ask. It's unfortunate that she isn't able to ask them of the people who have the answers but is stonewalled by the Obama Administration as is anyone who has a serious legitimate question about what really happened. To me it seems that many of those who could actually answer the questions is either held under some threat to their personal life, their family or their future in government and career. Funny that so many military had their privacy compromised and the sudden resignations shortly after Benghazi . But the Obama minions live on in their duplicitous lives with no thought of repercussion for actions taken that resulted in death for Americans and Mexican civilians in Operation Fast and Furious or for those in charge for Benghazi who cater to Obama's agenda.

    • Jan

      Funny how it has taken the media about a week to "uncover" details of Manti teo being duped by an online relationship,but have NOT "uncovered" much about Benghazi!!

  • Diane Geiger

    You are so sadly misled, in our Country it is "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" that you obviously and conviently forgot…..If you don't like our children praying in schools, legal people owning legal guns, trillions of Dollars in debt you have caused, and I can go on and on. You are NOT going to become a dictator of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. You have no right to try and change the 2nd ammendent. This all leads me to think you HATE the USA, so why don't you just take your wife and children and go back to Kenya where you came from!!!!!

  • Sandra Williams

    We need more people like Ms. Attkisson. We all need answers to these questions and more. And Hillary Clinton has the gall to say today that it doesn't matter how they were killed. Well, it matters and I feel sure that the families of the dead would like to know.

  • ron franklin

    Way to go Sharyl, You are the FIRST main stream Liberal media source that I have Heard, speak out about the Lying sacks of Crap in this administration, that are COVERING UP THE BENGHAZI SCREW UP. I detest the "drive by media", they are run by SATAN himself, I am soooo proud of you for standing up and saying what MOST ALL the American people believe. God Bless You Sharyl, Ron

  • http://www.haiticomfort.org ray comfort

    a real honest to goodness reporter! …….and from MSM!

  • Diogenes

    I sure hope this reporter isn't as suicidal as she sounds. Being that depressed, I wouldn't be surprised if she tried to harm herself, like all those "Arkansides" during the reign of Clinton I.

  • Maggie

    OMG,are journalist coming back from the darkside, one at a time. Please let it be so.I used to love reading the newspaper.

    I am going to make it a point to follow this on for awhile to see if it is actually true.

  • KB Cook

    WOW – a living member of the long-dead-zombie-walking-dead-4th estate! Will wonders never cease?!!!