A second television network journalist has gone on the record slamming the Obama administration for its arrogant attitude toward the press. Former ABC White House News Correspondent Ann Compton has joined former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson in providing insider details about the administration. She characterized Obama as “inaccessible” and “opaque.”
Compton spoke during an interview with Brian Lamb of C-SPAN. She said she witnessed the President launch into “profanity-laced” outbursts against the White House press corps. These tirades were also “off-the-record.”
I have seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off-the-record times. One, profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals.
She explained the ways in which the Obama administration interfered with her ability to do her job of reporting to the American people:
We cover what we are allowed to cover. And when policy decisions and presidents are inaccessible and don’t take questions from the press on a regular basis, I think they reap what they sow.
After 40 years as a reporter, Compton said she found the Obama administration “the most opaque” she had ever covered.
And I don’t find him apologetic. But I find him willing to stand up to the press and look them in the eye, even though it was off the record and just give us hell.
Sharyl Attkisson has just published a book detailing her difficulties covering the Obama White House when she was at CBS. The network confirmed in 2013 that her computer had been bugged. At the time, she was covering both the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals. CBS said at the time:
A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012.
…an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.
This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.
Attkisson suspects her computer was hacked by a government agency. She says:
(The hacking was done by) a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.
She left network news in frustration over being stonewalled in her ability to cover stories.