A real journalist? Not in the New York Times, or course, but at the Daily Signal: “Benghazi Document Review Familiar to Career Public Servant.”
To Sonya Gilliam, a recent account of improper sorting of Benghazi-related documents at the State Department brought back vivid memories of her own encounters with high-level government officials who withheld, deleted or destroyed public records.
And one name stood out for its familiarity: Cheryl Mills.
A former deputy assistant secretary of state had told The Daily Signal that Mills was present during an after-hours document operation in a basement room of the State Department in October 2012. Mills was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The purpose of the session, former State Department official Raymond Maxwell said, was to “separate” documents damaging to Clinton before records were turned over to an independent review board probing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Mills declined to comment on Maxwell’s account to The Daily Signal.
“My stomach dropped,” Gilliam says about hearing the allegation last month that Mills was involved in Benghazi document sorting: “I said to myself, oh my gosh, here we are, 14 or 15 years later, [and] Cheryl Mills is still in charge of document ‘production’—I’ll use that term loosely.”
Sharyl Attkisson is one of the exceedingly few journalists of our time worthy of the title. Imagine if every news agency had an Attkisson—how different things would be.
The entire reason the press was given First Amendment protections was so they would be a thorn in the side of wannabe government tyrants. They were protected so they would be fiercely independent, and protective of liberty.
Most journalists today are nothing more than lazy PR spokespeople for the government agencies and individuals they’re supposed to hold accountable on behalf of the public.
If American freedom is to ascend once again, the media need to be transformed, and to perform their designed role.