If Sharyll Attkisson had escaped a dictatorship to tell her story in America, the libs would make her a hero.
But the story she’s telling is about their hero in the White House.
The former CBS News reporter delivered a riveting statement Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee considering President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general by outlining a litany of the kind of abuses that have taken place in the past six years of the Obama presidency.
The portait that emerged was ugly.
Describing an atmosphere of intimidation and retaliation from the Obama White House and the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder, Attkisson recounted abuses ranging from the obscene to petty.
Her computers were violated by what she believes to be government operatives tracking her work as a reporter. Her work investigating the adminstration’s earliest scandal, the “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious,” she said, had brought her to the attention of a Justice Department determined to squelch every hint of an independent press.
“The Justice Department used its authority over building security to hand pick reporters allowed to attend a Fast and Furious briefing,” she said, “refusing to clear me into the public Justice Department building.”
Attkisson also included a lengthy list of complaints from some of the nation’s best known news organizations, including The New York Times and the Washington Post complaining about the level of secrecy maintained by the Obama administration.
The irony, of course, is that those same news organizations and their editorial boards are among the administration’s most vociferous defenders — just one more example of how the nation’s media has disgraced itself in the years since Barack Obama as a junior senator from Illinois announced his intention to become the president of the United States.
And how has that worked out for the country and its vaunted free press?
Attkisson summed it up with a sentence more suited to a Third World, third-rate banana republic than the world’s oldest democratic republic — the “indispensable nation.”
“If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don’t like, you will be attacked and punished. You and your sources may be subjected to the kind of surveillance devised for enemies of the state,” she said.
That sounds like a reporter’s life under a totalitarian dictator.
But it’s life in Obama’s America.
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