A damning email has surfaced that shows the White House and the Justice Department singled out former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, declaring that she was “out of control.”
The award-winning journalist pointed to an email from Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, sent to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that was critical of Attkisson’s work on the Fast and Furious scandal, according to The Blaze.
Dated Oct. 4, 2011, the email promised retribution by trying to get CBS to shut Attkisson down. It was part of 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal the administration released on Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.
“I’m also calling Sharyl’s editor and reaching out to [CBS anchor Bob] Schieffer. She is out of control,” Schmaler wrote in the email.
“Good, her piece was really bad for the AG,” Schultz responded.
The most recent story at the time from Attkisson was a report that proved Holder was made aware of Operation Fast and Furious much earlier than he told Congress, according to the journalist’s website archive.
“It’s what I say in the book. They use your tax dollars to pay their salaries, to spin us and target us,” Attkisson said Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program. “If you dare to go after them, they will target you, try to assassinate your character, they’ll call your bosses, they’ll email. We know all of this is going on, but we now have emails that they’ve been withholding under executive privilege that refer to this.”
“These are taxpayer-paid officials for the federal government spinning us with our own money,” she added.
For the record, CBS News President David Rhodes’s brother, Ben Rhodes, is the White House deputy national security adviser.
While much of the media continues to ignore what happened to Attkisson, can you just imagine the reaction if Barack Obama was a Republican?
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