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Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS reporter, speaks with the network’s Philadelphia affiliate:

Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters, Attkisson said, “I wouldn’t surprised if sometimes there is that level of cooperation with some questions. If I need something answered from the White House and they won’t tell me, I’ll call our White House Correspondent. They’re friendlier with the White House Correspondents in general. So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and they will be told ‘ask that at the briefing and we’ll answer it.’ They want to answer it in front of everybody. They do know it’s coming and they’ll call on you. There’s that kind of coordination sometimes. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination. I don’t think it’s everybody on every briefing, every day. I’m pretty sure it’s not. But I think people would be surprised at the level of cooperation reporters have in general with politicians.”

No one should be “surprised at the level of cooperation reporters have in general with politicians,” considering Attkisson’s former place of employment, which was born of original sin — this is the network where producer Don Hewitt gave both makeup tips and favorable camera angles to JFK in the 1960 debate. Where Walter Cronkite volunteered a helicopter on CBS’s dime to transport Sen. Edmund Muskie (D-ME) to an anti-Vietnam war rally in 1969. The previous year, according to his biographer Douglas Brinkley, Cronkite begged Bobby Kennedy to run for the White House. Where of course, in 2004, Dan Rather blew himself up in an abortive effort to advance John Kerry over the top. (And — shocker! — after departing CBS, Rather, the television anchorman who banged the loudest on his high chair that he was “objective,” began to turn up at far left Nation magazine fundraisers.) And where in late 2009, Katie Couric read Christmas-themed poetry to advance ObamaCare:

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We lost 14,000 men in Vietnam in 1968. This was after LBJ and the Pentagon told the American people that the enemy was incapable of launching more than a very minor and localized offensive action or two. The enemy lost even more, but they did not much care. The American people did care. The government can lie to the American people for a prolonged period of time and get away with it, but there is a limit. At least there used to be anyway.
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"The [Vietnam] war was only made possible through lies and deceptions aimed at the American public, Congress, and members of Lyndon Johnson’s own administration. Contrary to Robert McNamara’s claims of ignorance and overconfidence during the period 1963-1965, the record proves that he and others were men who not only should have known better, but who did know better. These men and the decisions they made during those crucial months mired the United States in a costly war that could not be won at a cost acceptable to the American public"
- H.R. McMaster, author of “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam.” graduated from West Point in 1984. He has taught at West Point and received his Ph.D. in military history from the University of North Carolina in 1996.
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I had an Elementary School teacher who was a Vietnam vet. He not only told us Cronkite lied, but explained how the media manipulated the footage from the Tet Offensive to make it appear we lost. So I learned early on that the media was full of it.
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I woud not be surprised at the high level of cooperation between dem politicians and the press. Now if the press, other than fox, ever cooperated that much with a repub politician, that would surprise me.
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I say us conservatives sit around for a few more decades predicting the next legislative or societal development will be the straw that breaks the camel's back of Liberalism. Then I suggest we agree on some subtle signal, perhaps touching the right ear, so we can recognize each other in the Left's gulag.

Liberals are activists, conservatives are bystanders in their own country. They are permanently assured that if we keep doing what we have been doing the results will change. Maybe someone will have a rally in DC and we can listen to some speeches and pick up some litter. By God it's worked so well over and over.

"Get in their face and punch back twice as hard."
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When I first glanced at the title to this article I read corruption instead of cooperation. Of course Big Conservative's COLLUSION fits too.
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The MSM sycophantic sleepwalkers will start to flex their atrophied 'journalist' muscles as upcoming elections shift the balance of power away from their party.
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I have great admiration for Sharyl Attkisson for she knew that her investigations into Fast and Furious, Benghazi, etc. were going against the liberal grain at CBS. Who else in the mainstream media did the same. I will eagerly read her book when it is published, but realize it is a small minority who are tuned in to the cover ups perpetrated by the print and broadcast journalists.
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Jake Tapper at ABC tried to be a tough-minded reporter of the Obama Administration. He earned Obama's wrath, all right.

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Uh, no, that "cooperation" is only with DimocRat politicians.

And that "cooperation" isn't "cooperation" at all. It's called COLLUSION. And it's contributing to the destruction of this country.

If we continue to have a "press" more concerned for covering for "their guy" than they are the truth, we're truly boned.
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Inbreeding is a terrible thing and when it's done on an intellectual level, it's even worse.
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Only low-information people could possibly be surprised. Especially after Obama.
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People Would Be Surprised At The Level Of Cooperation Reporters Have With DEMOCRAT Politicians’

There. Fixed it for you.
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"people would be surprised"

Uh, no we wouldn't.
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