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Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington [Kindle Edition]

Sharyl Attkisson
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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.

Editorial Reviews


A deep, nuanced and indignant indictment of the players who have made investigative journalism harder to conduct, even if those actors are other journalists. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Attkisson offers a harrowing and gripping account of journalism as practiced these days in Washington. She skillfully unveils how she discovered the secret scheme to spy on her. The larger and more disturbing takeaway is how the mainstream are falling down on the job.” (Jeff Gerth, Pulitzer Prize winning former investigative reporter for the New York Times)

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Who’s been hacking Sharyl Attkisson’s computers? Computers that turn themselves on in the night, make strange noises, then shut themselves down. Whoever is doing it is using highly sophisticated spyware available only to our top intelligence agencies. Is someone sending Attkisson a message?

Washington, D.C., has always been a tough town for investigative journalists. But in the age of Obama, the government has taken the tried-and-true techniques of bureaucratic stonewalling to unprecedented heights. What’s more, it has added harassment, intimidation, and outright spying to the mix.

Through more than thirty years as an award-winning investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson fought tirelessly to uncover wrongdoing by those in power, whether major corporations, government officials, or presidential administrations of both parties. But when she started looking into stories involving the Obama administration’s mistakes and misjudgments in a series of high-profile cases—stories few in mainstream journalism would touch—she was confronted with the administration’s use of hardball tactics to discourage, block, and actively suppress her investigative work.

A dogged reporter with a well-earned reputation as a “pit bull,” Attkisson filed a series of groundbreaking stories on the Fast and Furious gunwalking program, Obama’s green energy boondoggle, the unanswered questions about Benghazi, and the disastrous rollout of Obamacare. Her news reports were met with a barrage of PR warfare tactics, including emails and phone calls up the network chain of command, criticism from paid-for commenters and bloggers, and a campaign of character assassination that continues to this day. Most disturbing of all, Attkisson reveals that as she broke news on Fast and Furious and Benghazi, her computers and phone lines were hacked and bugged by an unrevealed but tremendously sophisticated party.

Stonewalled is the story of the Obama administration’s efforts to monitor journalists, intimidate and harass opposition groups, and spy on private citizens. But it is also a searing indictment of the timidity of the press and the dangerous decline of investigative journalism and unbiased truth telling in America today.

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159 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Credible, well written, insightful and important November 5, 2014
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?
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of a Dying Breed November 5, 2014
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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.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking and frightening. A must read November 8, 2014
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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.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting November 7, 2014
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There are no superlatives strong enough to praise this riveting book about very troubling events involving government censorship of the press. Scary, disturbing.. Sharyl Atkisson is a truly brave person.
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120 of 144 people found the following review helpful
There are a few things that I noticed right away after reading STONEWALLED. My impression is that the author, Sharyl Attkisson, is a very dedicated, sincere reporter. Of course, that doesn't prove that her allegations are necessarily correct, but it does mean that they need to be taken seriously.

♣ The author has a long history of successful investigative reporting. In fact, she has been nominated for, and has won, prestigious awards for her reporting. If not for her extensive background, one might be tempted to dismiss her charges as petty payback of some sort; however, there is nothing in this book to suggest that the author is being petty in any way. Again, her long resume doesn't necessarily mean her claims of bias are true, but her credentials make it clear that these are serious, credible charges that must be addressed in a serious way.

♣ Perhaps the most unusual--and most alarming, suggestion in STONEWALLED is that of her computers being hacked--likely by some federal organization, to delete or change information. She cites multiple, independent forensic computer experts who analyzed her business and personal computers, and agreed that a remote hacker did in fact break into her computers. These experts suggest that the hacking program was so sophisticated that it looks like something from the government.

♣ Ms Attkisson states that she had more liberty to do investigative reporting when she was investigating claims against Republican administrations. Then, she says, when she tried to do similar things against the Obama administration, she was restricted, and her stories got no traction. Her claims could be true, but this strikes me as a judgment call.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful reporting and writing. Sharyl is a treasure.
Published 27 minutes ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Lots of facts everyone needs to be ...
Awesome book! Lots of facts everyone needs to be aware of.
Published 2 hours ago by Paula Otto
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, I've urged friends to buy and ...
Very well written,I've urged friends to buy and read it. It certainly shows the behind the curtain things that are happening in WashingtonDC, and confirms many rumors.
Published 5 hours ago by Robert Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up call
While I knew NBC, CBS, and ABC were not reporting all the news, I didn't realize to the extent. I have been using multiple sources to verify news, this book emphasizes the need.
Published 10 hours ago by Jack A. Wrigh
5.0 out of 5 stars journalism is not dead. fear is quite alive.
Absolutely terrifying. It's like reading a spy novel about The Soviet Union. But it's us. It's the main stream media working with big corporations. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Steven Sheinfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
If you are looking for a novel, a gripping story that could be made into a movie... you will be disappointed. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Richard W. Munsell
3.0 out of 5 stars The Troubling State of TV News
Sharyl Attkisson's book is troubling because of the picture it portrays of TV news.

As a former journalist who did investigative reporting I was always enamored with the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Daniel Dundon
1.0 out of 5 stars Pandering and Factually Vacant
I will consider changing my review if this is recategorized under "Fiction>Fantasy".

I stopped reading when computers "starting themselves up" was... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Caroline Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars I could barely put the book down. It was ...
I could barely put the book down. It was very interesting gaining some insight into the investigative reporting world. At the same time, it made my blood pressure shoot up! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Susan Pleasants
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Hard to fathom the reality of the situation.
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Excited to read this!
Looking forward to reading Sharyl's book. She is one of the few Journalists that still seeks the absolute truth.
Sep 20, 2014 by virtualspirit |  See all 2 posts
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I second that motion!!! I too would like to see Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington in audioformat.
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