Much of the investigative reporting on the Fast and Furious scandal has been done by Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News. Kudos to her for helping to get to the bottom of this.
After the revelation that US Attorney General Eric Holder had lied to Congress over his knowledge of Fast and Furious, Attkisson followed up by calling the appropriate spokespeople for the Obama administration to get their reaction. Essentially, they became unhinged when they received her calls.
Attkisson reports that DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler yelled at her when she would not accept the official explanation for Holders lies–that he had misunderstood the question. Schmaler was outdone when White House spokesman Eric Schultz actually screamed at Attkisson over the phone.
In this audio, Attkisson explains to Laura Ingraham what happened:
It is not normal for someone in the field of public relations to become unglued over the phone. The last time spokespeople from a WH administration behaved in such a way with a reporter was back in 1973. While there have been scandals and attempts to browbeat reporters since that time, there has not been this degree of panic.
Of course, there is a big difference between Watergate and Fast and Furious. Watergate centered on a third-rate burglary. Fast and Furious centers on the murders of two federal officers and at least 200 other people.
(H/t Weekly Standard)