(National Sentinel) Corrupt Media: As an ace investigative reporter for CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson got too close too often to the truth of just how corrupt the Obama administration (including the president) really was, and for that, she was targeted by a U.S. intelligence apparatus that Obama “weaponized” to quell opposition.
And the U.S. legacy media did its best to look the other way. And still is.
In a new critique of the legacy media of which she used to be a part, she says they are “diving deeply into minutiae” to avoid recognizing and accurately reporting what President Donald J. Trump alleged in March: That yes, members of his campaign were “wire tapped,” and likely so for political, not national security, reasons.
As The Washington Times reports:
Ms. Attkisson has warned of the weaponization of intelligence agencies since her laptop for CBS News stories was hacked on multiple occasions in 2013. An op-ed she wrote for The Hill on Wednesday presented an extensive case that U.S. intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama were manipulated for political purposes — and that pundits are willfully ignoring it.
She highlighted reports that the FBI did monitor the communications of Mr. Trump’s then campaign head Paul Manafort prior to the 2016 election, along with what seems to be at least six associates.
“Officials involved in the surveillance and unmasking of U.S. citizens have said their actions were legal and not politically motivated. […] But look at the patterns,” Ms. Attkisson wrote in a piece for The Hill. “It seems that government monitoring of journalists, members of Congress and political enemies — under multiple administrations — has become more common than anyone would have imagined two decades ago. Those deflecting with minutiae are missing the point. To me, they sound like the ones who aren’t thinking.”
Attkisson, who now hosts Sinclair Media’s Sunday TV program “Full Measure,” observed:
- Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates acknowledged the secret review of communications of political figures under Obama.
- Mr. Clapper “falsely assured Congress in 2013 that the NSA was not collecting ‘any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.’”
- “The government subsequently got caught monitoring journalists at Fox News, The Associated Press, and, as I allege in a federal lawsuit, my computers while I worked as an investigative correspondent at CBS News.”
She also said that her lawsuit continues to produce evidence that her cyberattack, which involved the deep planting of some sensitive documents she would have been arrested for possessing, was not a “random event.”
“Then, as now, instead of getting the bigger story, some in the news media and quasi-news media published false and misleading narratives pushed by government interests,” she wrote. “They implied the computer intrusions were the stuff of vivid imagination, conveniently dismissed forensic evidence from three independent examinations that they didn’t review. All seemed happy enough to let news of the government’s alleged unlawful behavior fade away, rather than get to the bottom of it.”