Attkisson’s general approach to her work may be spelled out in the self-description on her Twitter account: “Investigative Journalist. Dreaming of a day when public officials answer questions as if they know they work for the public.”
She says she has received “a tremendous amount of pushback” from the White House as a result of her reporting on Benghazi and Fast and Furious. Among other things, she says, White House officials have called and written her bosses at CBS to complain about her work. She says she doesn’t find that unusual or even disturbing.
In fact, Attkisson has occasionally become news herself.
In 2011, she told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that she was on the receiving end of a heated scolding by the Justice Department’s chief spokeswoman, Tracy Schmaler, and White House spokesman Eric Schultz over her reporting on Fast and Furious. The comment sparked commentary in the conservative media that the administration was “strong-arming” reporters (neither Schultz nor Schmaler, who recently joined a new political communications firm started by former top Obama adviser David Axelrod, responded Tuesday to requests for comment).