Sunday, March 16, 2014

Journalist Sharyl Attkisson Leaves CBS

Sharyl Attkisson, Emmy Award Winning investigative reporter has left CBS News.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
She had first tried to leave a year ago.
While media reports have focused on Attkisson’s investigations of the Obama administration, those familiar with the situation say she was stymied in getting airtime for stories beyond politics, including corporate scandals and a wide range of other subjects.

None of the investigative stories that Attkisson proposed in the past year were greenlighted for the “CBS Evening News”; in fact, most of her pitches were turned down. She wound up working on stories that the network assigned, say those familiar with the matter, including a string of investigative pieces on health care. But her output has declined significantly since 2008.
Attkisson's stories (some listed below) arguably demonstrate no strong political bias beyond freedom of the press:
Fast and Furious questions linger as IG continues investgation

The Search for Safer Vaccines

Brian Terry's family reflects after his killer is sentenced

Chris Christie not the first to use disaster aid for tourism ads

In latest farm bill, a billion tax dollars per page

High security risk found after launch had "inherent security risks" 4 days before launch

Benghazi investigators defend their probe

GOP freshmen, big-bucks donors hobnob at resort

Suing to stop terror funding
Wishing Ms. Attkisson good luck in her future endeavors.

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