CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson -- who's been covering the scandal from the beginning -- says in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show today that the White House and Justice Department have taken to screaming at her for reporting on the story. You can listen to the full interview below, but here are the key excerpts from Attkisson:
In between the yelling that I received from Justice Department yesterday, the spokeswoman--who would not put anything in writing, I was asking for her explanation so there would be clarity and no confusion later over what had been said, she wouldn't put anything in writing--so we talked on the phone and she said things such as the question Holder answered was different than the one he asked. But he phrased it, he said very explicitly, 'I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.'
Ingraham: So they were literally screaming at you?
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. [Laura: Who was the person? Who was the person at Justice screaming?] Eric Schultz. 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."
Finally, Attkisson notes that the White House is claiming that a thorough investigation of the scandal is unwarranted:
[The White House and Justice Department] 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.
Look at whom the White House claims is "reasonable" - the three most liberal newspapers in America. Surprised they left out the Village Voice...and of course, the claim that is is a non-story is ludicrous on its face, as House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious...
That rank smell that's offending you right now is the wretched stank of desperation and fear - that of a cornered animal, doomed to be eaten alive, too scared to even move lest it wind up in between the jaws of its predatory foe. Leaving it with the ability to do nothing except bare its teeth and growl, in a futile attempt to postpone the inevitable.
I suppose the aforementioned White House staffers - Eric Schultz and Tracy Schmaler - are lucky they didn't push Sharyl Attkisson too far. According to her Wikipedia bio, she's a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Although a good solid ass kicking may have taught these kids that you can't go around abusing women the way the Obama Administration has, and expect to keep getting away with it...
UPDATE: Audio here