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Sharyl Attkisson: CBS Too ‘Ideologically Entrenched’

April 21st, 2014 - 6:54 am

Specifically, CBS is too “‘ideologically entrenched’ to air stories critical of the Obama administration,” Ed Morrissey paraphrases at Hot Air:

CNN’s Brian Stelter broadcast a two-part interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson to review her accusations of political bias at CBS News — and to take on the critics she has acquired over the last year or so. Attkisson told the Reliable Sources host that the departure of top executives in the wake of Katie Couric’s flop brought in “ideologically entrenched” managers who resented her investigative reporting on the Obama administration (via Jim Hoft):

TELTER: Let me read this from “The Washington Post.” This is in March 10th, right around the time you were resigning from CBS. And Erik Wimple wrote, according to a CBS News source you felt you were being kept off “CBS Evening News” because of political considerations. Did you feel that way? I mean, were there political considerations at times?

ATTKISSON: You know, it’s fairly well discussed inside CBS News that there are some managers recently who have been so ideologically entrenched that there is a feeling and discussion that some of them, certainly not all of them, have a difficult time viewing a story that may reflect negatively upon government or the administration as a story of value.

As I noted last month, that ideological entrenchment certainly dates back a long, long time:

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:

And speaking of sin, Scott Pelley, the successor as newsreader-in-chief to Cronkite, Rather and Couric, smears global warming skeptics as Holocaust deniers and approvingly chats up the Obama-funded Tesla, yet looks the other way as CBS’s cable sports channel happily runs programming devoted to gas-guzzling muscle cars.

Oh and note this:

Attkisson: “Media Matters, as my understanding, is a far left blog group that I think holds itself out to be sort of an independent watchdog group. And yes, they clearly targeted me at some point. They used to work with me on stories and tried to help me produce my stories, and at some point –“

As Jim Hoft writes at Gateway Pundit, “Far Left Soros-Funded Media Matters Helped Produce CBS News Reports.”

Perhaps that’s the real scoop here. considering that CBS’s biases were known as early as Walter Cronkite openly disclosing he was a man of the left starting in the 1980s, followed by Bernie Goldberg’s books on CBS’s biases after the left the network. Will Attkisson disclose which stories Media Matters “worked with” her on? What other news stories do they “work” on at CBS — and the other networks?

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