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“WE CONTROLLED THE MEDIA“
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 21, 2014) — In an article dated November 20, 2014, PJ Media reports on a release of documents which Judicial Watch obtained from the Department of Justice which specifically target former CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson.
Attkisson was released from her contract with CBS early this year after perceiving an “intentional bias” on its part which allegedly resulted in the network’s unwillingness to air her reports on the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal which cost U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry his life.
In the PJ Media piece, writer Bryan Preston quotes from an email between DOJ press aide Tracy Schmaler and White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz referring to Attkisson as “out of control.” Schmaler said that he intended to speak with Atkisson’s editor and CBS anchor Bob Schieffer about silencing her.
On page 522 of the documents released to Judicial Watch, Rep. Darrell Issa, who led the probe into Fast & Furious, stated that there were two border agents killed from the gunrunning operation.
Attkisson spoke with Glenn Beck about the emails and implicated “Obama” directly in what she said is an effort to “spin us and target us,” referring to journalists.
Attkisson is the author of “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.” In the book, Attkisson describes how her computers were turned on remotely and files deleted with rapidity in what she believes was an attempt to intimidate her from publishing further reports.
Attkisson told Fox News that “numerous independent analysts” confirmed that both her work and home computers were breached, and it was later determined that it was done by a government entity or entities. Fox also reported:
Attkisson names names, saying the blocking of her work became virtually routine under CBS anchor Scott Pelley and his then-executive producer, Pat Shevlin. Stories were repeatedly rewritten, watered down and delayed until they never made air, she says. And Attkisson says these weren’t just stories that took on politically charged controversies involving the administration, but also pieces that challenged government waste and corporate conduct, such as the questions surrounding Boeing’s Dreamliner.
In 2009, Obama’s then-communications director Anita Dunn stated that the Obama campaign “controlled the media” and its message to the American people, including “making the press cover what we were saying.” Obama was elected president in 2008 on the mantra of “hope and change” and his promise to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”
The email exchange quoted by Preston is on page 518 of 769 released by Judicial Watch.
An article Attkisson wrote while at CBS appears on page 735. Her misspelled name also appears on the second-to-last page of the email aggregate with a transcript of a White House press conference given by then-press secretary Jay Carney.
While Attkisson is speaking out about her silencing by CBS and the Obama regime, the mainstream media remains controlled by Obama in that it refuses to report on the forgery of his long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form as determined by a law enforcement investigation spanning more than three years. A second investigation was opened by Sheriff Joe Arpaio at an unannounced time stemming from the birth certificate investigation which reportedly “turned very dark.”
In an interview with Guerilla Media Network owner Pete Santilli earlier this week, Arpaio told Santilli that his investigation has continued and that its results will be announced at some point. However, he despaired that “the media” would not report it. “Who am I going to give it to?” Arpaio asked. “Nobody wants it…congressmen, media..isn’t that a shame?” Arpaio asked Santilli.
Santilli said he is “a forensic expert in Adobe” and found within “eight minutes” of examination that the PDF posted on the White House website purported to be Obama’s long-form birth certificate is fraudulent.
“The public will hold, I think, even our congressmen and those law enforcement officials accountable and put pressure on them,” Santilli opined, to which Arpaio replied that he had “two more things” to accomplish before the information is released.
At 3:56, Santilli told Arpaio that he had spoken with someone at a major network who admitted that they “had made a mistake” presumably in not vetting Obama, as the statement Santilli related included that the media outlet said, “If this were to be uncovered, they’d have to undo all of those things that he’s signed.”
Arpaio then said that whether or not Obama is a U.S. citizen is a separate issue from his issue of a “fake, forged document.”
In the email exchange between the DOJ press aides, a “Susan Davis” was identified as a reporter to whom “leaks” could be provided. David is now working at USA Today. On November 7, that publication wrote a story titled “The Enduring Appeal of Bob Schieffer.”
On page 539 of the released documents is an Associated Press report which focused on “Operation Wide Receiver” carried out by the Bush administration. Above the article appears the comment, “WOW!” with the sender’s name obliterated by the graphic, “Attorney General.”
On Friday morning, The Post & Email attempted to contact CBS News through its “Comments” interface, but after submitting our question, we received a message that we were “unauthorized.”
We then searched for CBS’s corporate headquarters and found a phone number for CBS Corporation which we called. After identifying ourselves as media and being passed to three different people, the third person asked us what our question was. After relating some background information, he said that we should have contacted “CBS News Communications” and spoken with “Media Relations.”
The link “cbspressexpress” leads to a page featuring “CBS Entertainment,” not press contacts.
The third person, Dana L. McClintock, asked us to send him an email providing the articles to which we referred and our questions, promising to forward it to the appropriate media contact at CBS News Communcations.
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
As of press time, there has been no response.
Schieffer said that he was “dumbstruck” with revelations that Obamacare “architect” Jonathan Gruber had admitted to deceiving the CBO and the American people by mischaracterizing the cost and terms laid out in the bill before it was passed by the 11th Congress.
The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
“Increasingly, by the general election, very rarely did we communicate to the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control,” Dunn said in 2009.
“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,” Attkisson told Beck.