My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington
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Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisive critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today’s media.
Americans are at the mercy of powerful figures in business and government who are virtually unaccountable. The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists, intimidation and harassment of opposition groups, and surveillance of private citizens.
Sharyl Attkisson has been a journalist for more than thirty years. During that time she has exposed scandals and covered controversies under both Republican and Democratic administrations. She has also seen the opponents of transparency go to ever greater lengths to discourage and obstruct legitimate reporting.
Attkisson herself has been subjected to “opposition research” efforts and spin campaigns. These tactics increased their intensity as she relentlessly pursued stories that the Obama Administration dismissed. Stonewalled is the story of how her news reports were met with a barrage of PR warfare tactics, including online criticism, as well as emails and phone calls up the network chain of command in an effort to intimidate and discourage the next story. In Stonewalled, Attkisson recounts her personal tale, setting it against the larger story of the decline of investigative journalism and unbiased truth telling in America today.
The breakdown of the independence of the press.
This book is an obvious goldmine for conservatives; not only are top 5 scandals of the Obama administration covered in this book, Sharyl discusses how journalism's independence withered under the relentless pressures of the government, big business, and even influential political groups (eg, media matters).
The book reminds me of "Bias" by Bernard Goldberg nearly a decade earlier, that author unfortunately also a former member of CBS News.
In my opinion the chapters of the book, despite being captivating, are quite long, with a notable error about Doug Parker being the CEO of American prior to the merger (he was the CEO of us airways prior to the merger). Despite in several chapters playing a substitution game (where she posits that the target of the story was a political figure of opposite ideology), I felt she maintained a relatively neutral viewpoint, which is a pleasant change of pace from the rest of published journalism.
I would have loved to read about her vision of how journalism regains its independence, the rise of pseudo journalistic organizations (a broad term for organizations that distort or harm the independent news gathering function of the press), the consolidation of the industry (Reuters, associated press), and influence of partisan blogging (both sides of the aisle). Never before has an independent and free press been so critical to the nation, and this book is start on restoring that role.
Well presented and authoritative read. Confirms to me that very few maybe even one person can corrupt the entire federal government. A liberal media can allow it to continue with impunity.
Eye opening expose on the media, the Obama administration and their shared chicanery. I will never feel safe around my laptop again. Extremely well done!