[January 06, 2015] I’m reading several books all at the same time. Now that may seem a bit odd … yes? I have found that those who like to keep up-to-date on the latest trends, important issues of the day, and creative thinking, often do read various mediums. Printed books in particular are good for reading several at a time. When I’m deep into a technical book, it’s good to get a break on lighter reading. Today, I offer a current book that deals directly with senior leadership and what happens when it fails and when it succeeds. I’ll leave it at that and provide a short review with the hope you get the pleasure of reading this well-written book on what some call corruption.
Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, Sharyl Attkisson, 2014.
This book is a personal story about an investigative reporter’s trouble with federal agencies that targeted her while she was doing her job. Regardless of your political beliefs, she tells the story as she knows it and supports it with facts. I could not tell which political party she belonged to but it was clear that she is very unhappy with President Obama’s administration resistance to her work. But the real story is about the decline of U.S. journalism, unbiased reporting for the American public, and the media ingratiating themselves to the federal government. Attkisson states that “there is a tendency in the news media to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to viewers.” She thinks this is very dangerous as a journalistic ideology. Her experience as a CBS reporter provides her with ample evidence. The book is highly recommended.
We now hear that Attkisson is suing the U.S. Justice Department for the hacking of her personal and work computers. She is formally accusing the administration of illegal surveillance of her while she was reporting about its on-going scandals.
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