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Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington by [Attkisson, Sharyl]
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Credible, well written, insightful and important 6 November 2014
By John Lawrence - Published on
This is a very credible, well written, and insightful book concerning some very important issues.

Pre-release and other reports seem to focus on the hacking of Ms Attkisson's computers, which some believe to be an outrageous act (perhaps by the federal government) and others don't believe at all. After the Snowden revelations, the Clapper lies, and the Justice Department's treatment of Rosen, Risen and AP, I would find it harder to believe that her computers weren't spied upon, rather than that they were. After reading the book, I find the entire computer hacking issue to be a side issue that is being nitpicked by critics in an effort to discredit the author.

The real story here is the credible documentation by a seasoned insider of the control exerted by the Obama administration over CBS News. Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in Ms Attkissen's account of the extent to which CBS covered up the truth concerning a pivotal moment in the 2012 Presidential election (debate 2). After the debate, pundits everywhere were arguing about whether or not Obama called the Benghazi attacks terrorism in his Rose Garden speech on 9/12/12. While discussions continued and the media largely sided with Obama, CBS "sat on" video evidence (shot on the same day), proving that he did not call or consider the Benghazi attacks terrorism. (At least that is what Obama said in the interview with Kroft). Furthermore, after reading the book, one might conclude that the entire debate moment was orchestrated. Ms Attkissen poses the key question: "- How did the White House know CBS wouldn't use the part of the 60 Minutes Obama interview that disproved the president's debate claim?"

In addition to numerous interesting stories about perceived bias at CBS, another continuing theme of the book is that the Obama administration is very reluctant, and often won't provide even trivial information to reporters.- Does the government serve the public, or do the citizens serve the government?

This is a must read book for any engaged American concerned about honesty in the media and government. We should all be informed, concerned and frightened by what corporate interests and the federal government have done to our "free press." (Or have the "free press" done it to themselves?)
204 of 221 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of a Dying Breed 6 November 2014
By D. Buxman - Published on
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Sadly, it appears that Sharyl Attkisson is one of the last of a dying breed, the "Investigative Journalist." Unlike just about everyone else in major network media, she understands the critical importance of an independent press in fostering freedom in a republic. In this fast paced and interesting book, she describes in heartbreaking detail how the media has become a lap dog for corporate and governmental interests, while abandoning its responsibility to ask hard questions and hold our leaders to account. She is one of the few who understand that it is the job of the media, "to remind politicians and government officials as to who they work for." The Left loves to trumpet the idea that, "There's Nothing to See Here," when anyone talks about Fast and Furious or Benghazi, but the fact remains that there is plenty of filth that needs to be exposed and cleaned up. If the press continues to abandon its duty and if low information voters continue to cast the deciding ballots, the next few years are going to be bloody.
154 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and frightening. A must read 9 November 2014
By Burgman - Published on
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An interesting book, that describes Attkisson's illicit surveillance and why someone, almost certainly a highly placed government official, would be willing to break the law, and hack her electronics without a warrant.

This part of the story bookends the central part of the book, which tells of her extensive investigative journalism, and the troubles that she has endured because of it. I had not realized that Attkinson was responsible for so many of the stories that has the left up in arms: Bengazi, Fast and Furious, The Green Energy Debacles, Obamacare, etc. Ignored by these folks is the fact that she is an equal opportunity investigator, having earlier gone after the Bush Admin. and Corporate fraud.

This should be a wake up call, for all of us who believed that government domestic spying ended with Nixon, and that the promises of "The Most Transparent Administration in History" has become a sham.
Every person who cares about our freedom of the press needs to consider her story, especially liberals who believe that only Republicans do the kinds of things that have happened to her.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchdog Media? 30 November 2014
By Mark Sutter - Published on
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As an insider, Sharyl Attkisson reveals with plenty of details how corrupt and dishonest the mainstream media really is -- especially CBS. She also exposes the gangster tactics used by the Obama administration -- namely Jay Carney and Josh Earnest -- to thwart any critical reportage of Obama. You will see how CBS was so "in the tank" for Obama that they did everything in their power to suppress all negative stories just before the 2012 election to guarantee Obama's reelection. The way Attkisson tells it, it's doubtful that Obama would have been reelected if CBS's coverage was honest. The same can be said for the rest of mainstream media. There is one thing I wish she would have discussed but didn't: With the stonewalling and lying to the press exhibited by the Press Secretary (either Carney or Earnest), why do the correspondents still show them so much respect? When Earnest stands before them and tells obvious lies, why don't they laugh him off the stage or, better yet, why don't they call him a liar to his face and demand he start telling the truth. I wish she would have explained this unearned respect.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but also "the powers that be" who had their own vested interest in casting the first black American president in a good light. M 3 September 2016
By timphxaz - Published on
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If you are a liberal, the Obama administration can do no wrong, and if you are a conservative, it can do no right. That's just the way things are these days. That said, I would encourage anyone interested in the political beast to read this book. Sheryl Attkisson writes a clear and concise chronicle of her difficulties doing stories on the Obama administration and dealing with not only officials of the administration, but also "the powers that be" who had their own vested interest in casting the first black American president in a good light.

My hunch is that conservatives will point to this book and say "see, we told you so!", but they would miss the point entirely. This is a book about abuses of power and Ms. Attkisson is careful to point out she has observed that from each political party. My hunch is, also, that if you are a liberal you will see this book as a hatchet job, and you might even whisper that its somehow related to race. You, too, would be wrong. But, liberals will always believe Obama does no wrong, and conservatives will always believe he does no right.

Only read this book if you are willing to separate yourself from your prejudices and use your critical thinking skills to sort out what it says about the country we call home.

Full disclosure: This reviewer is a libertarian who greatly suspects both ends of the spectrum of being detrimental to the Union.