Eggs, Caskets, Adoptions, Or Project Gunwalker?

Those are the four topics for the nominees in this year’s Emmy Awards Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Broadcast category. Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News is one of the four nominees in this category for her series “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious”.

I won’t comment on the other stories except to say that Brian Ross of ABC always comes across as a little slimey.

Congratulations to Sharyl and her team for the nomination and to those who nominated her in the first place. It is well deserved. I do think a couple of names are missing, however, from her team: Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea.


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Congratulations To Sharyl Attkisson

CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and her team just won the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award in the Video Investigative category. They won for their coverage of Operation Fast and Furious aka Project Gunwalker.

CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, producer Chris Scholl and editor Matt Tureck took home the prize for won for Gunwalker. In the gunwalker case, ATF agents say they were ordered to allow thousands of weapons to be sold to suspected suppliers for Mexico’s drug cartels. The idea of letting so many guns “walk” onto the street was apparently to see where they would turn up and go after the major cartel kingpins instead of the smalltime weapons traffickers.

That wailing and gnashing of teeth you hear is coming from DOJ press flack Tracy Schmaler and White House Associate Communications Director Eric Schultz. They were the ones in the Obama Administration who tried to silence Sharyl through their bully tactics. Obviously, it didn’t work and the judges at the Radio Television Digital News Association rewarded her for standing tall.

“I Think They Are Leaving My Son Behind” – Josephine Terry

That is the opinion of Brian Terry’s mother, Josephine Terry. It was said in reference to her son’s service as a Marine and the ethos that fallen Marine is ever left behind.

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News interviewed slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s parents yesterday in the wake of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Attorney General Eric Holder. They still have not been given answers and are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Federal government.

This episode that aired on this morning’s The Early Show is very powerful as was Ms. Attkisson’s interview with the parents of slain ICE Agent Jaime Zapata.

Sharyl Attkisson On “The Grilling” Of Holder

Sharyl Attkisson had a report on today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the CBS Evening News. Some of it is a repeat from earlier reports today.

However, the most touching part were statements from Brian Terry’s father, Kent, who said that those involved should be prosecuted not only for his son’s death but for “all the people murdered in Mexico.” He’s absolutely right. Unfortunately, I’m sure Holder and his minions will claim governmental immunity for their actions.

Jaime Zapata And The Smoking Gun

The thing that really struck me watching this report by CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was the utter hypocrisy of Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as they spoke at the funeral of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata’s funeral in Texas. And we will be treated to more hypocrisy from Mr. Holder today as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Is The FBI Suppressing Evidence?

In a follow-up to this morning’s Face The Nation interview of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) about Operation Fast and Furious, CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson reports that the committee will be asking for more information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Issa said this morning that the family of Agent Terry was told by agents attending his funeral that there were three firearms found at the murder scene.

Documents released to the committee only mentioned two weapons linked to Operation Fast and Furious. Issa wants to know more about the third weapon and what tests from it have shown. Recordings from conversations between ATF Agent Hope McAllister and the owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company seem to indicate there was a third firearm and that it was an SKS.

Issa On Face The Nation

If you missed seeing Rep. Darrell Issa and CBS Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson on CBS’s Face The Nation this morning, here it is courtesy of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s YouTube page.

One of the key things that Issa said was that the Committee’s subpoenas to the Department of Justice were narrowly focused. He goes on to say that in many cases they already have e-mails and memos provided to them by whistle-blowers but want the original documents from the Department of Justice and/or White House to confirm their authenticity. This goes along with what Dave Hardy wrote earlier this week about the subpoena in Of Arms and The Law.

I was happy to see that CBS featured Project Gunwalker on their Sunday news show Face The Nation. While I would have wanted more questions asked (and answered), the mere fact that it was on this program underscores its growing importance in Washington. We in the blogosphere and in the gun rights community have always recognized this but having it shown on one of the premier mainstream media programs confirms it to the general public.

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To get a broader context of Eric Schultz’s rude, crude, and unacceptable behavior towards Ms. Attkisson, I think it is important to read the assessment of it by Keith Koffler in the White House Dossier blog. I mentioned this earlier today as it seems such behavior is not only common from the White House but is a practiced tactic used to bully reporters.

Rude Behavior By Press Flacks Towards Sharyl Attkisson Is Standard Tactic In Obama Admin

The rude, crude, and unattractive behavior exhibited by DOJ press flack Tracy Schmaler and White House Associate Communications Director Eric Schultz towards CBS News Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson is part of a conscious effort on the part of the Obama Administration to bully reporters over their stories. This according to a blog post by Keith Koffler of the White House Dossier blog. Koffler has covered the White House since 1997 and is the White House correspondent for Roll Call.

Koffler says the bullying tactics used against reporters are part of the Obama Administration’s standard repetoire of tactics used to get them to spike negative stories.

Such tactics as this were rare in both the Clinton and Bush White Houses.

These Obama flacks are not just reacting with visceral anger to the story. They are specifically trained and encouraged to do this. Most of them are actually quite nice to be around when they’re not in Kill the Story Mode.

As Koffler notes, this tactic amounts to a suppression of free speech by this administration. He has written more extensively about it here.

Moreover, Koffler says it amounts to an admission on the part of the Obama Administration that the reporting on Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunwalker “has legs.” Of course, any reader of this blog or Mike Vanderboegh’s Sipsey Street Irregulars or David Codrea’s National Gun Rights Examiner column knows that. Still he has some good advice for Sheryl:

If Ms. Attkisson understands it’s nothing more than a tool being used against her, it shouldn’t affect her.

Except in that she should understand there’s a good reason they’re doing it: she’s onto something big. The higher the volume of the screaming and the more sickening the language, the closer she’s getting.

As to the immature twits running press operations in this administration, frankly they need their mouths washed out with soap and should be sent to their rooms without dinner. It goes without saying that they shouldn’t be allowed their Blackberries or Xbox 360s either.