Sharyl Attkisson: ‘People Would Be Surprised At The Level Of Cooperation Reporters Have With Politicians’
By the way, remember the howls of indignation from the rest of the MSM when former CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg reported on his former employer’s leftwing bias over a decade ago in his first book, titled — not at all coincidentally — Bias? No dogs barked last week, when Attkisson also blamed liberal bias on her departure from Black Rock:
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.
At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She iscurrently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration…
But Attkisson had become a polarizing figure at the network, sources there said. While some championed her relentless dedication to investigations — ranging from defective Firestone Tires to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal — others saw evidence of a political agenda, particularly against President Obama. (The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.)
As Allahpundit wrote at Hot Air, “Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Solyndra, the ObamaCare rollout — she’s spent the last five years digging into all of them. In a different world, she would have been promoted to ’60 Minutes’; as it is, per Politico, she spent months negotiating an early end to her contract with CBS.”