No! Sharyl Attkisson’s computer breached? Get OUT!

Well, this is interesting. A few months ago, there were whispers that CBS News was becoming, shall we say “testy”? Let’s settle on “testy” with its award-winning, intrepid journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, because…well…she just wouldn’t leave stories alone. First it was the Fast and Furious “non-story” — nothing to see there! Then it was Benghazi — where no one knew anything, no photos from the situation room were available, some stupid video caused death and mayhem, um, scratch that, but what difference did it make, anyway!

There she was asking questions and refusing to stop picking at the big bumps showing from under the rugs, and for which no one was ever held accountable, ever.

This was bad journalism, you know. People at CBS — the news network that brought us Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Katie Couric — seemed to feel that asking questions of the Obama administration was edging dangerously close to advocacy.

We don’t know if David Rhodes, president of CBS’s news was among the number who feared for Attkisson’s integrity, or whether he ever communicated about it with his brother Ben, who happens to be a national security adviser for the Obama administration, but surely their conversations would never traipse into conflicts of interest. Let’s take that on good faith, shall we?

Because, heaven knows, professional journalists abhor advocacy in all forms, under all administrations, and routinely guard themselves against conflicts of interest.

And then, too, there was Attkisson sounding all paranoid, saying that she thought her computer had been breached, somehow. You know, tampered with. She certainly sounded silly! I remember seeing the tweets fly by my timeline saying, “she’s a craaaazy lady” and advising CBS News to put her out to pasture, somewhere.

I think CBS News will have a difficult time letting Attkisson go, though, now that CBS — having had her computers checked out by forensic specialists — admitted a few hours ago that, uh, yeaahhh…someone pulled data from Sharyl Attkisson’s computer.

But don’t be alarmed, says CBS:

To be clear, the federal government has not been accused in the intrusion of Attkisson’s computer; CBS News is continuing to work to identify the responsible party.

Well, that’s a relief. I’m super glad they took the time to caution readers not to immediately suspect the federal government — which never does anything worth reporting on in any sustained or investigative manner — might be behind it.

As Ed Morrissey notes, “It doesn’t pay to jump to conclusions”. And he’s right. So, we won’t.

But we will note, as Ed does at that link, that Attkisson’s computer was tampered with in “late 2012″ and,

What was going on in “late 2012″? Well, that would have been the controversy over the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. And, checking the record, we see that Attkisson had a very interesting scoop on October 20th, relying on anonymous military sources that called into question the Obama administration’s claim that they couldn’t have responded in time to assist in the attack.

Oh, pshaw, now, don’t get all cynical! Everyone knows the Benghazi story was dead by then! The big news was the presidential election, only a couple weeks away!

Seems to me, though — a story like this — we ought to ask a couple of questions, at least.

For instance, Glenn Reynolds asks:

It would be interesting, wouldn’t it, to pull out some of the Romney campaign’s computers and see if they show the kind of evidence that CBS’s experts found on Attkisson’s computer?

Actually, he asks a second question:

Say, if they can do that, couldn’t they plant incriminating stuff on your computer, too?

Eww, I hadn’t thought of that!. Well, that sort of shoots to crap that whole “if you have nothing to hide, you have no worries” idea, doesn’t it?

In fact, Reynolds has third question, because he is an impudent Yalie who doesn’t know his place down there in flyover country:

Giuliani: FBI’s Mueller ‘Terribly Disengaged’ in IRS Scandal. Funny, he had a pretty good reputation. Another officeholder’s credibility sacrificed to protect Obama?

All good questions, Glenn, but I have another: given the breadth and depth of legal-but-unprecedentedly-broad the PRISM program, Obama’s rumored habit of using sealed records against his opponents in times past, and the administration’s apparent need to examine its citizenry with a finer-toothed comb than any yet used, what makes you think anyone is about protecting Obama? Maybe they’re just protecting themselves?

Maybe a lot of people are protecting themselves?

It’s worth noting that the press has already abandoned the IRS story, and it never even bothered with the Sebelius shakedown story which was, I grant you, nowhere near as scandalously corrosive to our trust in government as the IRS story. But dead is dead, you know; the PRISM story is currently being adjusted. The press still controls the national conversation, and these stories that would have them screaming bloody murder and rolling up their sleeves to investigate (and inviting layfolk in to crowdsource for them) if only this administration had an R after it? Poof! Gone the way a good magician makes anything disappear while misdirecting the audience’s attention.

I thought of one more question: Journalists got really, really mad at the administration when it was discovered that it was scouring phone records of the Associated Press, and that it was criminalizing reporters like James Rosen, for doing their jobs. They were so incredibly furious that they gave the story perhaps ten days of outraged-and-then-increasingly-perfunctory coverage (they put the funk in perfunktory!), before dropping the whole matter altogether on the strength of the White House saying, “why of course we respect you! Of course we would never, never want to see you prosecuted! We don’t want you too intimidated to do your jobs! We love you! You’re vital to the nation, yessiree!.

My question is, will the mainstream media remain in their Stockholm Syndrome or will they actually get upset enough by the Attkisson story, say “that’s alls I can takes, I can’t takes no more!” and begin to chase the administration?

Or — and this has to be considered, you know — will they pipe down, not to protect the president, not anymore, but to protect themselves?

“It all started with a third-rate break-in to a reporter’s computer…”

Oh, darn it, there I go again, being all unfairly suspicious and not keeping an open mind, because hey — there might not be any story here, at all. Maybe no one important breached Attkisson’s computer! In fact, maybe Snowden did it, just to make the government look bad! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Or, not. I frankly still don’t know what to think of Snowden.

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  • tiredofdogma

    Guess I won’t have to follow this story now because this “writer” just regaled me with “the truth” — it was Obama himself.

  • Gail Finke

    Great one Elizabeth Scalia!!!!

  • Greg

    “Guess” “not” “?”

    ” “

  • Fiestamom

    I have been reading the same emailers over at Instapundit. I am not an Obama fan, but before this IRS scandal broke, I wouldn’t have suspected Obama of sabotaging Romney’s internal campaign computer system. But after the revelations of all the Google people who just happen to work for OFA now, and now the Sharyl Attkisson story, it’s not even a question. (And I didn’t even like Romney!).

    You (and others) have written so much about the dereliction of the press corps. I think that WaPo article on the incestuous nature btw the Press and the White House was amazing. They’re all married to each other, they hire each others’ kids etc. Their kids go to Sidwell Friends together. It would be uncomfortable to report the truth when they have a personal relationship with the players.

    The ruling class took over pretty quickly! I wonder if there was anything “we” could have done to stop the rise of the ruling class? Out here in the boondocks of a red state, we just work, go to church, and try to raise decent kids. I don’t have time to groom my kids to go to the Ivy League, or Duke or Stanford.

  • Tregonsee

    “But we will note, as Ed does at that link, that Attkisson’s computer was tampered with in “late 2002″ and, …” That is probably “late 2012.”

  • David

    Glad to know CBS News is on top of it – not.

    Sharyl Attkisson hired the computer security analyst to sweep her computers at home, and her work computer. I’ve also read she and CBS news are negotiating an early exit to her contract.

  • Joshua

    There’s a typo: “late 2012″, not “late 2002″..

  • elkh1

    Maybe no one important breached Attkisson’s computer!

    The crazy lady who didn’t back down asked for it.
    (Pssst! Can they trace me even when I posted as guest?”

  • John Rebori

    Hmmm, read it twice, still can’t find where this writer, without scare quotes, claimed it was Obama himself. Maybe you can quote that passage for those of us who can’t find it?

  • MD

    “My question is, will the mainstream media remain in their Stockholm
    Syndrome or will they actually get upset enough by the Attkisson story,
    say “that’s alls I can takes, I can’t takes no more!” and begin to chase
    the administration?”

    If you have to ask that question, you know the answer….i.e. yes the media will continue to wear Obama kneepads and blindfolds, and no they wont ever hold him accountable for his America-transforming failures, because to do so would require admitting failure on their own part.

  • SDN

    Obama isn’t smart enough or competent enough….

  • feastfirst

    When public officials can clearly and easily reveal the facts/ truth, but refuse to do so, it is fair game for us mere citizens to assume that they may be hiding something and it is also fair game to do a reasonable amount of logical speculation. This area of public discourse is not a court of law where you are presumed innocent and can refuse testimony to prevent self incrimination. The public officials in question usually have it in their power to end speculation by merely revealing the facts. On the main issue, I can’t speculate on which purveyor of high powered cyber technology might have a need to hack into the investigative journalist’s computer, download info and cover their tracks. You might want to consult Occam on this matter.

  • fustian24

    The good news is that the press and Hollywood are all dying. And education is going out of the hands of the left towards home schooling and university degrees by computer.

    Over time this should change a lot.

    But it is amazing to me just how much the administration is getting away with.

    I didn’t think this kind of corruption could exist in my lifetime.

    These people murdered Mexican citizens with their failed gun walking program, they allowed our people to be butchered in Benghazi, they used the IRS to harass their political opponents, they’ve destroyed the economy, are in the process of wrecking the best health care in the world, and are apparently bugging everybody in the world.

    And paying no price?

    How is this possible?

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    We hear how the Obama Campaign, in (what was it called) “The Cave” scoured social media to target fence-sitting voters to convince them that they should vote for “O” because if they didn’t, they would be turned into social-pariahs.
    What else were they doing in there, and to whom?
    And, what are the cross-connections between those who wrote the algorithms used by OFA, and those used by NSA?

  • PostLiberal

    “Obama’s rumored habit of using sealed records against his opponents in times

    This refers to Obama’s 2004 Senate race where a leading Republican and a Democrat candidate for the Senate were subjected to having their sealed divorce records unsealed, which got rid of two tough opponents.
    Obama has been a passive beneficiary of Ryan’s latest problems, the Democrat’s
    campaign worked aggressively behind the scenes to fuel controversy about Hull’s
    David Axelrod was involved in Obama’s 2004 campaign. Surprise, surprise.

  • MeanLizzie

    Yes, a typo, thanks.

  • Michael Markowitz

    Given recent events I think it now appropriate to ask whether Roberts’ change of mind on Obamacare is the result of NSA gathered blackmail evidence.

  • LisaB

    Yes, the NSA snooping & IRS targeting give credence to the theory that Roberts was blackmailed. It seemed sooo bizarre that Roberts would change the wording of the law in order to confirm the law. I don’t know if that’s ever been done in SCOTUS history.

  • bittman

    I believe a truly honest journalist would find that Prism was very much used in the 2012 elections — just like the Federal agencies and bureaucrats were used punish American citizens and companies that spoke out against Obama’s policies. I would not be surprised to learn that Prism has been used by this Administration to discover facts about General Petraeus’ affair which were held to be used to blackmail Petraus and “persuade” him to lie about Benghazi. I also believe Prism’s spying outcomes was used to persuade Justice Roberts to change his position on Obamacare at the last minute.

  • RLC2

    Brother David at CBS says “we have no indication it was tampered with by Feds” while Brother Ben at WH says “we have no knowledge of DOJ involvement.”

    Pretty lawyerly language there- kind of depends on “what the definition of is, is…”

    Lets not snigger too hard at the MSM press invited into the private WH briefing – who got their panties in a twist when O showed up to say “trust us”.

  • Skay

    I would think that Catholic churches are included in this also.

  • Terrye Cravens

    I don’t trust Snowden or Obama. I think Snowden is a Paulbot who took that job with the intention of betraying his oath. Now it turns out that what he said that was true was largely already known by people paying attention..and what he said that was new was not totally true. For instance PRISM is a data storage program…not data gathering. Truth is if Obama had not been so ready to point fingers at Bush while he was doing the same stuff and more, he would not be in this position today. But I have my doubts about Snowden…running off to the Chinese and then saying he appreciates all the support he has gotten from Russia makes me wonder about this guy.


    I can see her working @ Fox . They would certainly use her journalistic talents more fully . Now that relationship would blossom .

  • Advocate

    “Say, if they can do that, couldn’t they plant incriminating stuff on your computer, too?”

    Actually, they can. I spoke with a computer security expert in 2002 said that folks who didn’t have good computer security with a firewall likely had remotely stored porn on their computers. If I recall correctly (I’m not a computer expert), these folks would hack your system, partition the hard drive and upload a bunch of files onto your system. Nasty stuff.

  • Victor

    (((You know, tampered with.)))

    Come on Anchoress! You’re almost as bad as Victor’s so called “ONE” per sent age paranoid skitso soul who thinks that some hac hers, “I” mean hackers are keeping track of every “ONE” of his moves on the internet. Truth be known, we’re only trying to help him out when he starts his turd, “I” mean a third blog when his Canadian Federal Election starts now. Long story short, since he’s retired his second blog, he’s only bought two new computers and we all know that YA just don’t get much for a Canadian dollar at Wall Mark now. Hey we gods must keep a close eye on him cause there’s no telling what he might do and say against Equality Rights and…..

    END YA SAY sinner vic?

    Hey High Victor! “I” mean hi and we gods have just been trying to tell the Anchoress that YA don’t mind hackers checking your put her, “I” mean your electronic come put her, no, no, “I” mean computer now and then. Long story short, we gods did have to admit that you were a little eccentric and not a true spiritual, reality philanthropists like U>S (usual sinners) now.

    Gee thanks sinner vic! With friends like YA, who needs enemies now? :(

    Go Figure folks. :)


  • TheodoreSeeber

    Is this the same Obama who doesn’t know that VOIP calls are recorded in server logs?