Townhall’s Katie Pavlich made a name for herself by writing “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up,” exposing the details of a failed government sting operation that was never intended to be made public. In other words, it was an act of journalism, asking questions and performing research rather than running with the official government story.
So it’s no surprise to see Pavlich defending investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who suspected that something fishy was going on with her personal and work computers since early 2011. A forensic audit by CBS in 2013 showed that “an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.”
For a generation of journalists who still credit Woodward and Berstein as the reason they took up the profession, a story like this should be pure gold. So who wants to break open the story?
Politico has posted cellphone video released by Attkisson of an alleged hacking of her computer. The real hackery, though, appears to be going on inside the “new media.” Says Politico:
There is no way to confirm from the video alone that a hack is actually taking place, and there’s reason to doubt that Attkisson was hacked at all. In a recent post for Vox, Timothy B. Lee demonstrated how Attkisson’s so-called “evidence” isn’t necessarily anything more than the “routine technical glitches that everyone suffers.”
Again, consider this is the administration whose attorney general just this week said his biggest regret was not being more careful in the language he used in the subpoena of Fox News’ James Rosen, who says that the Justice Department went so far as to seize his parents’ phone records.
The cellphone video is just a warm-up; Attkisson promises further details next week with the release of her book, “Stonewalled.”