Fast and Furious: The White House Loses Its Cool


CBS News has consistently provided the best mainstream TV news coverage of the Fast and Furious scandal, thanks to the “unreasonable” persistence of reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  She’s the one who rooted through the emails dumped by the White House last Friday, and discovered evidence that suggests Attorney General Eric Holder is guilty of perjury.  

Say, maybe the media should consider “crowdsourcing” all that Fast and Furious documentation, the way they handled Sarah Palin’s emails!  I thought that was a test run for a technique they planned to use more often, as the 21st Century continued to unfold.

This morning, in the last hours before Fast and Furious detonated into a story that other media outlets can no longer ignore, radio host Laura Ingraham had an illuminating interview with Attkisson, who described some very… spirited interactions with the Justice Department and White House:

LAURA INGRAHAM: So they were literally screaming at you?

SHARYL ATTKISSON: Yes. Well the DOJ woman was just yelling at me. The guy from the White House on Friday night literally screamed at me and cussed at me.

INGRAHAM: Who was the person? Who was the person at Justice screaming?

ATTKISSON: Oh, the person screaming was [DOJ spokeswoman] Tracy Schmaler, she was yelling not screaming. And the person who screamed at me was Eric Schultz at the White House.

Ingraham wonders what happened to the Obama spirit of “transparency,” although in all fairness, it sounds like Attkisson was exposed to some fairly transparent rage.

Attkisson’s popularity with the Obama Administration is not likely to increase any time soon.  She told Ingraham about their strained relationship:

They will tell you that I’m the only reporter–as they told me–that is not reasonable. They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.

She’s about to become considerably less lonely.  I hope she remains completely unreasonable.  It sounds like she will, because she teased Ingraham with hints of yet another gun walking operation she’s about to report on.

(hat tip: Jammie Wearing Fool)