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.
©2014 Sharyl Attkisson (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I read the hardcover when this book was released almost two years ago. The audiobook confirms again that major news media including CBS News would rather bow the administration line than give investigative reporters the freedom to dig out the truth. The book also demonstrates that if the US executive department will target, threaten to indict, and spy on rogue reporters who are simply seeking and reporting the truth rather than parrot administration talking points. As we vote in a presidential election tomorrow we see that most of the media has tried to openly destroy one of the candidate while not even trying to appear unbiased. Attkisson left CBS News after 17 years so she could continue in the excellent tradition of great investigative reporters. Stonewalled is a book that every US citizen should read or listen to. Thank you, Sharyl Attkisson!!
clear, concise, scary
As I listen to this book, I can't help but think I am listening to a story about North Korea or some other third world country controlled by a dictator instead of the United States, a supposed free and democratic society. Clearly the administration believes that the ends justifies the means even if it means breaking the law, lying, and stonewalling an interested competent reporter that just wants the truth. I am reminded of Jack Nicholsons role in A Few Good Men, when he says "YOU CAN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" so we aren't going to share it with you.
There are so many documented facts and the details so shocking, I have had to rewind many times to make sure I actually heard the audacity of our government and the complicit media that enables the fraud.
I highly recommend this book if you want the truth instead of the spin. Just be prepared to be angry, but not angry at Mrs. Attkinsson and her excellent work. I am a fan.
Frightening. Considering the credibility Attkisson has, this is a devastating account of tyrannical fraud.
The narration was a little annoying. No offense, but the tone was a bit accusatory--sounding a bit like an ex-wife. The text is damning enough--added attitude wasn't really necessary!
Liberals really need to read/listen to this book--I know, I know, they won't do anything that will take them out of their soothing MSM-induced comfort zone--but they really should make an exception. This book explains why it's not so much what the evening newscasts report, but what's suppressed that's the problem. It takes one through all of the major Obama regime scandals, the revelation of the unresponsiveness of the regime to requests for documents that would unmask their anti-American agenda and the MSM's active efforts assist them. A truly disgusting and frightening exposé.
Makes the hair stand up up on the back of your neck unbelievable the things that are going on in the government today and what they did to her privacy.
Outstanding book. Well written and thoughtful in conveying hard hitting investigative reporting and the blow back form political idea-logs who care nothing for the truth and how it affects others.
Well developed stories are discussed and how CBS, colleagues, driven by political agendas thwart well sourced stories that conflict with their self serving agendas. It many respects the book sounds the death bell of our "watch-dog" reporters who once stood guard for the publics right-to-know.
The narrative describes how one messenger is punished by the powers that be - as she pursues the truth. She is insulted, maligned, threatened summing up to complete and total umbrage.
Do yourself and the future of ethical news reporting. Read this book!
This is a must read for anyone who has doubts about whether they are getting the whole truth when they watch or read the news.
Tell us about yourself!
It more than met my expectations! I didn't know about the brothers before reading this book. I realized that she gave up much to write this book.
Blows the lid off the fact what we get pushed to us as "news" is actually politacally censored dribble by network bureaucrats.
Grateful to be informed... pissed-off as hell as to what I learned!
Sharyl Attkisson... YOU GO GIRL!
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