Report Proves White House Attempted to Manipulate Media Coverage of ‘Fast & Furious’

Via BizPac Review:

Given a few more days to peruse the thousands of pages of newly released documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal, former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said she has uncovered attempts by the Obama administration to manipulate news coverage.

Emails show that administration officials were especially concerned about Fox News.

Attkisson documented a telling exchange between Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, and White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz on how to spin the media.

This is how the conversation went, according to her website:

[Schmaler to Schultz]
“I’ve talked to NYT, NBC and NPR —gave them all this. NBC not likely to go. Still waiting on other two.” [Note: Then, the documents redact the ‘points’ Schmaler actually sent to the news outlets. That is public information that should not be redacted.]

[Schultz to Schmaler]
Any way we can fix Fox?

The administration released 42,000 pages of “Fast and Furious” documents Tuesday after Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Attkisson drew attention Thursday to a damning email between the two officials that appeared to prove the administration was trying to shut her down for being “out of control,” as Schmaler described her. The former CBS reporter has for years been doggedly pursuing the gun-running scandal.

Attkisson also uncovered a document that shows Holder may have been advised to lie.

An adviser, Matthew Miller, told the attorney general to “say that you don’t recall reading [briefings] or being aware of Fast & Furious at any time before early this year,” Attkisson reported. Holder seems to have followed the advice, because that is precisely what he did.

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