Who At The White House Is Giving A Tremendous Amount Of Pushback To CBS On Benghazi?

Sharyl Attkisson, of CBS News, has been one of the few reporters who is "a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi," according to the Washington Post. It's nice to know there are still some in the media who are persistent voices of media skepticism when it comes to our government. After all, that really is part of what the First Amendment is about; holding government accountable through freedom of speech and freedom of the press. However, she's now claiming that she has received "a tremendous amount of pushback" from the Obama White House.

"I'm a political agnostic," she says. "I don't think about who's good and who's bad. I just go where the story leads. ... People can say what they want about me, I don't care. I just want to get the information out there."

Not only does Attkisson, say that, but she lives it. She claims that she is not partisan and has already demonstrated that she will go up against the administration in her coverage of the Justice Department's gun running operation, Fast and Furious, won her an Emmy for investigative reporting.

Attkisson believes she is being stonewalled by the White House in her investigation of Benghazi, specifically the Obama administration's non-response to a petition for documents requested back in November under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Washington Post recounts her sentiments:

"I find [that] improper," she said. "You could say suspicious." Suspicious? "We don't know what we don't know," she says. "There could be political reasons or valid national security reasons [for not replying]. I just don't know. I know they haven't made a good argument" for why public disclosure of the material would harm national security.

White House officials did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment. But they have said previously that they have made extensive disclosures, including making public an internal State Department review of the episode.

Attkisson's general approach to her work may be spelled out in the self-description on her Twitter account: "Investigative Journalist. Dreaming of a day when public officials answer questions as if they know they work for the public."

She says she has received "a tremendous amount of pushback" from the White House as a result of her reporting on Benghazi and Fast and Furious. Among other things, she says, White House officials have called and written her bosses at CBS to complain about her work. She says she doesn't find that unusual or even disturbing.

Obviously a tremendous amount of pushback from the White House is indicative of the fact that they are unhappy with Attkisson not being the media sheep they are used to dealing with. That's a good thing. However, since she is getting this pushback from the White House, who exactly is talking to her bosses over at CBS and putting the pressure on? Breitbart reports,

There are many candidates, but sources tell Breitbart News that one obvious candidate is Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for communication for Barack Obama. Rhodes has worked for Obama since 2007, and works under National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. Rhodes' brother, David Rhodes, is the president of CBS News. He "directs network newsgathering for all CBS News platforms," according to the CBS News website.

Ben Rhodes has been named as a central player in the revision of the Benghazi talking points that ended with Ambassador Susan Rice going on network television and lying about the nature of the Benghazi attacks by labeling them results of a spontaneous protest about a YouTube video. Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard writes:

CIA officials cut all references to Ansar al Sharia and made minor tweaks. But in a follow-up email at 9:24 p.m., Nuland wrote that the problem remained and that her superiors—she did not say which ones—were unhappy. The changes, she wrote, did not "resolve all my issues or those of my building leadership," and State Department leadership was contacting National Security Council officials directly. Moments later, according to the House report, "White House officials responded by stating that the State Department's concerns would have to be taken into account." One official—Ben Rhodes, The Weekly Standard is told, a top adviser to President Obama on national security and foreign policy—further advised the group that the issues would be resolved in a meeting of top administration officials the following morning at the White House.

Ah yes, Ben Rhodes! That name seems to be coming up quite a bit when we speak about the person who may have come up with the idea for the entire "YouTube video was the cause of the attacks in Benghazi" cover-up line.

Finally, keep in mind that it was CBS News that aided and abetted Barack Obama in covering up Benghazi during the 2012 elections.

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  • Johnny Morris

    I'd be putting in my resume at Home Depot if I was her.

  • JCWS1

    She is asking for truth from the most corrupt administration in American history ?
    Good luck and watch your 6.
    Odrama and Hilarious Clinton should be facing hard time in prison but you and I know that will not happen. The republican party (I've been a republican for 62 years) needs to grow a pair and expose these tyrants for who they are.
    Odramas' transparent administration is the most opaque I've ever witnessed and LBJ used to hold that dubious claim to fame.

  • mrookergolf1

    She had better look out or she will suddenly be transferred to a local affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska. The White House is nortorius about being thin skinned and do not like criticism or truth to come out over their misdeeds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001252230649 Frances Campbell

    cheryl--god bless you for being a true jurnalist. thank you-- i shall be watching more of your station news.

  • huntingfreedominAmerica

    We need to get behind Attkisson and let her know that we care and support her. We need the honor of good journalist in the market place today. Obama's gang of crime cover up should be jailed along with all the guilty party's. This wasn't a candy store robber cought taking gumballs. People have died and a cover up is at hand people have been demotted, fired,and forced into retirement. Those that are speaking up should be praised for there lives are on the line now. Our government is the best in the world as it was,but now anything go'es. Killing our people at the borders, our children in schools which no one wants to look into more cover up. I'd like to Thank You Sharyl Attkisson for your Courage something we see very little of today from the media.

  • vincew9298

    Sharyl Attkisson is a true journalist. Very few in her profession are that. Most I would consider with as little esteem as I hold for Joseph Goebbels. They spread propaganda with no concern for truth. They have an agenda and that is their only concern.

    I think back to another great American Propagandist, Pierre Salinger. I recall an incident in July, 1996 when TWA flight 800 departed JFK International Airport and exploded over Long Island about ten minutes later. There was speculation at the time about the cause of the crash in which more than 200 were killed. Salinger claimed that he had proof of the cause but he would not publish it until after the presidential election. He felt that his information would effect the election. His information basically came down to was the U S Navy had shot the plane down. Unintentional, but still friendly fire. His information was wrong but the point that I walked away with was who the hell is this bimbo to determine what information I should have to help me determine who I should vote for.

    We could name more than a few other so called reporters that have slanted the news for the purpose of promoting their own political agenda. When they do what they are really saying is, " your stupid, I have to tell you how to vote."

    When a news organization is in cahoots with an administration to deceive the voters are they any better than Joseph Goebbels? Have they ceased being journalist and now become propagandist? How can any intelligent person have any confidence in what they put out as news?

  • aurora9

    "Selective journalism" has no place in a nation that expects their leaders to defend their nation. If we taxpayers are taking it up the kazoo, we have the right to hear the truth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pegskhp Pegs Palmer

    Imagine the blindness and purposeful decision to abandon the truth and the facts to keep us all honest that media has done. Well it's Known as "BLIND EYE SYNDROME"

  • freedomringsforall

    Run the scum bags out of town on a rail.

  • George Wentzel

    It's no secrete, the JERK's who have hijacked the White House and have defiled it to a point that we may never be able to properly sanitize it are fully complicit in the Benghazi coverup. Worthless efin bunch of hedonistic debauchees.

  • Jane Yavis

    Here we go again,,,,, One more time, if we had a liberal Press,,,, we would never have entered Iraq,,,,,PERIOD.

  • http://twitter.com/DonBahn1 Don Bahn

    Chicago thug tactics discredit, and destroy any one that speaks against your agenda.

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  • Indiana Conservative

    Why aren t more like her?

  • GiveAwayJimmie

    She may need to get a job with FOX.
    Current day politicians don't believe they work for "We the People"!!!
    We need to un-elect all current politicians and vote in politicians knowledgeable of the U.S. Consititution and limits of government.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1775150241 Bonnie Thomas Usrey

    It's so comforting and nice to know that we have a Government that "speaks in code"
    What does "does not resolve the issues of my building's leadership" mean. Translation:
    The building doesn't have a leader, but I'm telling you to change those talking points to cover Hillary Clinton's ass! She dare not speak her Leader's name? Ben Rhodes is code for "Barack Hussein Obama" and the changes he made to the talking points was to cover Obama's ass. Bottom line: Neither one of them was qualified to respond to that 3:00 A.M phone call!