Skip to comments.CBS News Reporter Says White House Screamed, Swore at Her Over Fast and Furious
Posted on 10/04/2011 11:06:38 AM PDT by Nachum
The Fast and Furious scandal, in which the Justice Department knowingly gave Mexican criminal gangs thousands of guns, just keeps escalating. The latest development centers around whether or not Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about having knowledge of the controversial gun trafficking operation. Recently released documents say Holder was briefed about the operation long before he told the Judiciary Committee he was first aware of what was going on. (Holder now claims he misunderstood the question was being asked.)
What's more, CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson -- who's been covering the scandal from the beginning -- says in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show today that the White House and Justice Department have taken to screaming at her for reporting on the story. You can listen to the full interview below, but here are the key excerpts from Attkisson:
In between the yelling that I received from Justice Department yesterday, the spokeswoman--who would not put anything in writing, I was asking for her explanation so there would be clarity and no confusion later over what had been said, she wouldn't put anything in writing--so we talked on the phone and she said things such as the question Holder answered was different than the one he asked. But he phrased it, he said very explicitly, 'I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.'
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How crazy is this world when our government pays and hires people especially to field questions about injustice at the Dept. of Justice and corruption at the seat of the Presidency?Does Obama really need three people much less this Eric Schultz he hired specifically to field questions and handle reporters?Our taxpayer money used in hiring PR people to field and cover Obama’s corruption...
Actually, the LA Times is covering it....
Yup. Mythbusters proved a while back that it is, in fact, possible to polish a turd.
Attkisson was about the only good reporter CNN had. Now she’s forcing CBS to perform actual journalism. I love her.
The story even says that all the other MSM were cited as NOT reporting on this and they question what this reporters problem was.IMAGINE:telling a reporter it is not news and trying to influence what they say and report...
So Tracy Schmaler and Eric Schultz are screaming at this reporter. Does anyone have the email addresses and/or phone numbers of these people? We should be calling and emailing en masse because these two have sold their souls.
Kudos to Sharyl Atkkisson.
Executive branch is trying to arm every radical muslim backed syndicate in the western hemisphere and disarm US at the same time.
....And CBS is EMPHASIZING that Holder's office claims he thought the question was about a case from back during the Bush administration. Yes, whomever says it was worrying that CBS was the only network reporting this (besides Fox) and that it gave them too much power was right.
Oh, Dubya! If you think it’s crazy now, wait a few. This is an atomic bomb with a timer on it.
| GOP calls for special counsel to investigate Holder... Developing...
WH screams, swears at reporter for covering scandal...
WHEN DID HE KNOW?
Holder changes story about ATF gun-running op...
Claims misunderstood question from committee...
More on cussing Eric Schultz
Eric Schultz, the former communications director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, officially joined the White House on Monday. While his portfolio will include issues primarily dealing with the Department of Justice, another key function will be to handle matters relating to and resulting from investigations launched by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Eric Schultz started Monday. He will be one of three associate communications directors, alongside Kate Bedingfield and Sandra Abrevaya," said a top administration official. "Erics portfolio of issues will focus mainly on DOJ and other oversight-related topics. ... Schultz is no stranger to hostile political climates. Prior to taking over at the DSCC, he handled press for Al Frankens 2008 Senate campaign in Minnesota, including the months-long recount against former Sen. Norm Coleman
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is staffing up in preparation for expanded oversight and inquiries from a Republican-run House of Representatives.
Eric Schultz, the former communications director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, officially joined the White House on Monday. While his portfolio will include issues primarily dealing with the Department of Justice, another key function will be to handle matters relating to and resulting from investigations launched by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Eric Schultz started Monday. He will be one of three associate communications directors, alongside Kate Bedingfield and Sandra Abrevaya," said a top administration official. "Erics portfolio of issues will focus mainly on DOJ and other oversight-related topics.
... Schultz is no stranger to hostile political climates. Prior to taking over at the DSCC, he handled press for Al Frankens 2008 Senate campaign in Minnesota, including the months-long recount against former Sen. Norm Coleman
Deeeeelish! *rubs hands together*
Wow! You KNOW an era has passed when CBS isn’t on your side any more. That, or the reporter is quietly transferred to East Bumpuck, ND, never to be heard from again.
Eric Schultz is headed to the White House communications shop after serving as Communications Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) for the 2010 cycle.
Previously, Schultz handled press for Al Franken's 2008 Senate campaign and was National Press Secretary for the 2008 presidential bid of Sen. John Edwards (D-NC).
Think I’m going to invest in popcorn futures....!
I found this bit from the interview with Laura Ingraham interesting.
Quoting Sharyl Attkisson in the interviews:
[The White House and Justice Department] will tell you that I'm the only reporter--as they told me--that is not reasonable. They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, I'm the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I'm unfair and biased by pursuing it.
Here's what I find most interesting. As of today, here are some search results:
I guess the White House can add Google to the list of "reasonable" organizations.
One of these stories had dead federal agents, killed by guns that were basically given to the killers by the BATFE, along with dozens (so far) of dead Mexican nationals also killed by guns basically provided by the BATFE. The other is about some taxpayer money disappearing into a bankrupt company owned by a campaign contributor.
If the Bush administration had said, "There's nothing to see here. We don't need an investigation," would the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post have just gone away and left the Bush administration alone?
Issa has been a disappointment, sure hope there is more going on behind the scenes.
My gaydar just exploded.
If she doesn't back down she will be "Vince Fostered" some dark and stormy night.
“One site said she left CNN back in 1993”
And a tenure at Yahoo, these lefty’s when out of Power just melt in with Big business. It’s hard to know whom to give your money to now days.
Eric Schultz, Tracy Schmaler, Eric Holder... A DOJ of cowards. The buck stops with Barry, but he’s accomplished at finger-pointing, so I expect a wave of resignations within the month and Barry will continue to feign ignorance about everything.
They are up to their eyeballs in blood and gore in this ~ their reporters and reporter-ettes wrote all the preparatory propaganda and knew all about Fast and Furious.
Maybe it's one of them who threatened to kill people over at CBS.
I’m surprised any of the stories hit the Post. THEY ARE INVOLVED in this one ~ and I mean I N V O L V E D.
I heard the interview this AM driving in...when Laura summed things up and said: "So the woman at the White House screamed at you?" Sharryl said: "They yelled, not screamed." Certainly putting a fine point on it...
is there a reasonably short synopsis of the whole F&F scandal?..Yes, Bush initiated Operation Gunrunner to find if guns were running to Mexico. In the year before Obama became HMFIC, they deduced there was NO Iron pipeline going to Mexico and were in the process of shutting it down. Obama and Holder said “If there isn’t one, we’ll make one and blame it on Bush to make us non complicit and use Bush’s program to take the second amendment down”. Simple, accurate and evidentiary.
My gaydar just exploded.
He looks like he would LIKE to go to prison!!
One of the two congresscritters doing ANYTHING ABOUT Gunwalker is a disappointment?? You’re unbelievable.
They should all get real smart and turn state's evidence now and avoid the rush later.
I noticed that this “petition” exists on the White House website, and requires that I sign up in order to log on and sign the petition. I’m more than a little wary of this “petition”. If there is a petition that exists outside of the White House, let me know.
They must know something!
Wait until TV journalists and anchors start getting killed by the cartels. They've done it in Central America, and they'll do it here.
Your comments here are outstanding.
Can you elaborate a little on how the Post is involved?
This 1969 documentary proves otherwise:
Attkisson is getting close to a real story here and her higher ups know it and are obviously backing her. I say obviously because one can only imagine that the WH has been on the phone to CBS to tell them to cease and desist. The fact that Attkisson is carrying on is evidence enough that CBS bosses told the WH "no dice."
CBS and others smell Obama's and Holder's blood in the water. No wonder there have been screaming episodes by the Administration, they are scared and desperate...with good reason.
Actually I think that the real story is that the Obama administration has emails/meeting minute records that state they want to implement certain gun control regulations and that to gain public support so as to nullify the NRA and other gun advocate groups they needed to create a problem that their desired gun control would solve. The problem that they decided would work best was to stop the flow of guns from the USA to Mexico. So in their twisted logic they needed to first increase the flow of guns to Mexican drug gangs.
Now the only other option I can think of gets real scary. That is that the Obama Administration at the highest levels is being paid off or blackmailed by the Mexican drug money. They are doing that in Mexico and many Central American countries so it is not impossible. There were lots of allegations about Clinton being involved with gun & drug running out the Mina Arkansas airfield.
Either of those two stories would likely result in serious questions about whether Obama could serve out the rest of his term in office or should be impeached.
If CBS gathers what is likely the real story, Obama might just choose to announce early that he will not run for reelection and hope that will get CBS, Republicans and certain gun rights groups to back off.
This is going to get real interesting and I agree with you that CBS probably does know what it is doing in backing this investigation.
I Can't there from where I am ....
They had remarkably small numbers ~ like 7 long guns had ever been discovered that were traceable back to the US, but the Post used that as a basis for a 90% US sourcing.
It was pretty clear the Post had had "unfettered" access to ATF personnel on the border, in Mexico, in the Arizona field office and in Washington DC ~ and also to Justice Department folks involved in supposed ATF gun captures and tracing.
It was about that time that the very same ATF people the Posties were interviewing for their stories were doing the "Fast and Furious" trick ~ as well as some others like it in other states.
The same people the Post was portraying as heroic were knowingly involved in shipping guns to Mexican drug cartels.
It is inescapable that the Post writers and their editors KNEW SOME STUFF.
They've since removed those stories to their "Pay for it sucker" server. I had a chance to cruise back through the articles just before that happened and it's pretty clear it was a hand in glove relationship.
Me thinks fast and furious was going to be the democrats version of the Reichstag’s Fire for Gun Control
Why is Issa a disappointment?
It appears that the WP is an accomplice to Obama/Holder’s attack on the 2nd Amend., murder of a federal agent, death of hundreds of Mexicans, and subsequent coverup.
This is hugh and series
Lamar Alexander contacted Obama, asking for a special prosecutor?
Do you actually believe the corrupt-to-the-core Obama will appoint one, to investigate F&F, Holder and his own Administration?
I don’t think it’s going to be that easy.
Doug has the pages for the record:
Hope not, Bambi running in 2012 is less than a 50/50 proposition for him winning. If he doesn't run Hitlery is better than 50/50 to win, you just can't get a majority of (Moderate)Women voters to think with their God given brain, just like another Voting Block that I can think of.