The media is out to discredit a former State Department diplomat who turned Benghazi whistleblower, says Emmy-winning journalist and former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
What is the dirt that reporters have on former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell? He's written poetry, she says.
"One person tweeted out that she heard someone else or was told by someone else in the media that [Maxwell] had no credibility because of his poetry," Attkisson said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"He's a poet and he published, when he was on administrative leave, some very insightful allegories."
As Attkisson reported on the news blog DailySignal.com, Maxwell alleges that several confidants of former secretary of State Hillary Clinton were part of an operation to "separate" damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board.
The board is investigating security lapses that led to the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Maxwell, who was placed on leave after the Benghazi attack, wrote a poem titled "Invitation," which appears to reference Clinton, calling her "the Queen."
Part of the poem reads in part:
"The Queen’s Henchmen
request the pleasure of your company
at a Lynching …
Dress: Formal, Masks and Hoods -
the four being lynched
must never know the identities
of their executioners, or what/
whose sin required their sacrifice.
A blood sacrifice,
to divert the hounds,
to appease the gods -
to cleanse our filth and
satisfy our guilty consciences.
Attkisson — author of the upcoming book, "Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington,"
to be published in November by Harper — said her reporting on the Benghazi probe also has various media blogs trying to discredit her.
"They called me a hoaxer. I don't know what the hoax is supposed to be," she said.
"They've said several times that my Benghazi reporting had to be retracted from CBS. Never happened, never had a word retracted. In fact, it was well awarded and recognized.
"They said that I had been fired from CBS over my Benghazi reporting. I was not fired from CBS, that never happened. So, they'll just print false accusations, they're very slanderous and false."
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