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Sharyl Attkisson has problems.


The Obama administration wont answer the CBS News correspondents questions because her investigations into Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Solyndra often reflect negatively on it. Some colleagues at CBS News, where she has worked for two decades and earned multiple Emmy awards, dismiss her work because they perceive a political agenda. And now, she says, someone may have hacked into her computers.


Attkissons one piece of solace may come from finally gaining some like-minded colleagues in the media. For years, Attkisson has been one of the few mainstream reporters pursuing critical stories about the Obama administration. Today, as scandal season takes hold in Washington, she has seen her longstanding skepticism of the White House and the Justice Department become the conventional attitude among a formerly deferential Beltway press corps.




In fact, Attkisson has written many stories about GOP failures as well as Democratic ones. Her 2008 investigations into the so-called TARP Bait & Switch under then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson won her an Emmy award for investigative reporting. In March 2012, she reported on GOP freshmen betraying their promises of reforming Washington and instead hobnobbing with fundraisers at a resort in Key Largo.


Attkisson has said before that she is not a Republican reporter, and sources at CBS News said that the effort to cast Attkisson as an agenda-driven reporter were misplaced.



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