Sharyll Attkisson’s impressive account of how Watergate would play out in Obama Era

Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS News reporter who left the network complaining because of liberal bias, offered a sobering account of Sunday how she thinks Watergate would play out today in the Age of Obama.

sharyllattkisson0811And it sounds awfully familiar.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Attkisson described what has basically been the pattern for every scandal of the Obama years – dubbed “phony scandals” by all the president’s men.

“I think that we’ve gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists,” Attkisson said. “And all I can think is: What would happen today during a Nixon-type scandal?”

“Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to Congress,” she said, in an apparent allusion to the IRS simply “losing” emails key to investigations of its targeting conservative groups.

“His aides would refuse to testify to Congress, or would take the Fifth, or would like to Congress with a fair amount of immunity,” Attkisson continued, describing the refusal of former IRS official Lois Lerner to testify before Congress and the stonewalling other administration officials have engaged in.

“Woodward and Bernstein would be controversialized on social media by special and political interests who use Facebook accounts,” she said. Attkisson’s own demonization at the hands of liberals with websites should be well known (see “How to make yourself sound nuts 101” on liberal activist site Media Matters).

Then she got to the president himself.

“And then at the end, Nixon would go on a popular late-night comedy show, during which time he would humorously refer to his attackers who were political witch-hunters who believe in Area 51-type conspiracies.”

And the Jon Stewarts and David Lettermans and other bootlickers would yuk it up – and laugh at Fox News.

Good thing we don’t have to live through another Watergate under Barack Obama.

Damn good thing.

Check out Attkisson’s take here.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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