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Sharyl Attkison’s 2014 book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington is a must read and it’s also a great read. Sharyl is a captivating writer and her story, man, you won’t want to put this book down! It’s nonfiction that reads like fiction and that you’ll also wish was fiction. Sharyl learned very early on in her journalistic career not to trust the government to tell you the truth when you ask them hard questions. She took those lessons all the way to CBS News. She worked for CBS during the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration, but things changed at CBS when the Obama Administration came to power. Sharyl saw stories of hers spiked, was told repeatedly that follow-up segments she had planned on such big news stories as Benghazi, Fast and Furious, HealthCare.gov and glitches with it, green energy boondoggles, she was told time and time again ‘that’s old news’, ‘haven’t we covered this before?’, ‘why are you still going after this?’, ‘nobody in the public is going to be interested in it.’  Well, Sharyl posted some of those stories at CBSNews.com and saw traffic, but couldn’t convince the producers to put these stories on-air. She was also on the receiving end of nasty phone calls from the White House, who had some of the same complaints, ‘why can’t you let this go Sharyl?’, ‘you seem to be the only one still interested in this, we don’t really understand it.’ And all of this culminated with her computers being hacked and phones being tapped. So is that what happens to people who are interested in telling the truth these days? It’s pretty scary, but it’s also a fascinating book. I highly recommend that you pick up a copy, and don’t be surprised if you can’t put it down.