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Sharyl Attkisson Out at CBS News

Sharyl Attkisson - a CBS News veteran of two decades - has parted company with the Eye Network.

She leaves unresolved a debate within the network, among media observers, and certainly among partisans - right & left - about her role.

Was she just a dogged investigative journalist who followed leads wherever they went, no matter the political fallout? And inevitably the Obama Administration took the hits because it was the party in power? (After all, she did probe G.O.P. wrongdoing, as with the TARP "Bait & Switch" under then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Although I don't recall earlier reporting from Attkisson exposing Bush Administration snafus!) In other words, she was/is no different than NEWSWEEK, now NBC's investigative journalist Michael Isikoff, who has alternately won the praise of liberals or conservatives, depending on whom he was skewering.

Or did she pursue a political "agenda" against President Obama, carrying water for Republicans? Or did it just look that way, as she protested and resisted the Obama Administration's attempts to freeze her out?

I've interviewed Sharyl Attkisson several times (and talked to her some off-the-air). I just found her to be the consumate professional, committed to exposing wrongdoing, the diametrical opposite of happy-talk morning hosts and entertainment/celebrity journalism.

Finally, the incestuous intertwining of journalism & politics inevitably produces conflicts of interest which can point at motivations. CBS News President David Rhodes is the brother of President Obama's deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes. And ABC News reported Ben Rhoades played a role in the infamous C.I.A. talking points related to Benghazi. And, of course, Attkisson spent a lot of time looking into Benghazi...



Posted at 8:14am on March 11, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 8:42am
I don't know who she is. It appears the press puts her at a peg of higher importance than normal Americans. I'm more angry they fired the manager of my favorite restaurant and with his absence, the place has rapidly tumbled downhill.

That is far more important to me as an American than who-knows-who inside a media I never quote because I can't trust what they say is real... . RT is better at facts than CBS and we know how RT has bent the truth lately. Sad thing is they are more trustworthy than any American network...

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 8:49am
Very funny title on the Politico article...the "right" isn't losing a hero... Attikisson has finally been released from the shackles of CBS News. She has been trying to get out of her CBS contract for a long time. And, as the story stated, she has reported on the wrongdoing by the Right and the Left (what real reporters are supposed to do).

I wonder where she plans to go next... I read another Politico story last night that said she's writing a book and NOT using the CBS-affiliated publisher. Should be an interesting read.

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:57pm
I applaud Sharyl Attkisson for standing up for the truth and not caving to the pressure associated with it, something few in both media and politics are willing to do. She doesn't care about "being loved". A real stand-up gal if you ask me.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:25am
Who knows, maybe she'd fit in better at NPR or PBS, which do seem to look at both sides of a story in their reporting [not their commentaries], or maybe Fox would see value in her to help the Fox New Channel look a little less biased - so that the "fair and balanced" slogan might actually mean something. Sadly, CBS didn't.

Her book ought to be interesting. Another interesting inside look at CBS is Dan Rather's book. CBS sadly isn't the same network of Murrow, Sevareid, Cronkite, Edwards [Douglas], etc. As most networks today are not stand-alone companies as they were back when Edward R. Murrow was bringing the truth to the airwaves; they are now owned by giant corporations, thus have lost their independence [ABC, CBS, and NBC are all owned by giant corporations today].

Fri, Mar 14, 2014 10:50am
I think the right wing's and left wing's meme that she was pushed out because of Obama is not true. Did anyone else gather that her real bone of contention with CBS was that she wanted to do reports on corporate corruption, and how corporations have no effective government overseeing them, while small business have too much? That seems to be what caused her to say CBS was a waste of her time... They were worried over ruffling big advertiser's feathers.

I hope so. Corporations unchecked have ruined America.

Thu, Mar 20, 2014 9:44am

Simply check out her own website to see what she wants to report on... but was prevented from reporting on by CBS.

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