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March 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Sharyl Attkisson, whose hard-hitting investigation into the gunwalking scandal known as Fast and Furious was known to anger the White House, has resigned from CBS News.

Attkisson cited liberal bias at the network and an insufficient dedication to investigative journalism.

Politco reports:

CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.

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 reporting on air.

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 is currently 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.

Feeling increasingly stymied and marginalized at the network, Attkisson began talking to CBS News President David Rhodes as early as last April about getting out of her contract. Those negotiations intensified in recent weeks, and her request was finally honored on Monday.

Reached by phone, Attkisson described her resignation as “amicable.” She said she will now turn her attention to the book, which is being published by HarperCollins, a division of NewsCorp (and not by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corporation.)

Sonya McNair, the senior vice president for communications for CBS News, said in a statement: “CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

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.)

Others have suggested that CBS News itself was politically biased: “It’s no secret that Sharyl has been unhappy about CBS’s lack of interest in investigative reporting, especially when it comes to stories about the Obama administration,” a source close to Attkisson said.

Attkisson reported her computers at home were hacked last June. Since then, CBS has been investigating the hack, but no answers have been forthcoming. At the time her computers were surveiled, she was covering the Benghazi attack and raising uncomfortable questions for the administration.

Attkisson won’t have a problem finding a job. Expect her reports to show up on Fox News eventually.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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So her fellows think she "has an agenda" because she wanted to report on activities of the existing administration in a way which was not pleasing to them.

LOLOLOL. Once upon a time that would have been called journalism.
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Just the opposite. She's far more dangerous to this runaway leftist corruption machine in the White House now that she's out from under CBS News control. She's had to plead for nearly a year to be let out of her contract. She's now free from the political agenda of the twits at CBS, not the other way around.
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"biased reporting" LOL

That's rich. When there's the slightest misstep by a Republican, a howling horde descends. But when one reporter among the dozens of mainstream outlets doggedly pursues a story about a major happening in a Democratic administration that is being entirely glossed over (and abetted by said mainstream outlets) suddenly the reporting is biased. The press is our worst enemy since they have no moral authority left but still have the power to pull this garbage.
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What? CBS has a liberal agenda?! Say it isn't so!

I mean, after they got caught back in 2004 trying to influence the presidential election and all.........

/sarcasm mode off
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congrats CBS.You lost another viewer.
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What took you so long?

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She needs to be cautious lest she suddenly suffer from Breitbart Cardiac Syndrome.
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..November 22, 1963 was also the Day that Walter Cronkite became 'The Most Trusted Man in America' when his tears came while taking his large black Glasses off to tell us on TV that "President Kennedy died at 1:00 pm Central Standard Time." He was expressing on TV how he, and thus all the rest of us watching him on TV at home, felt at that horrible moment. His reporting the business at hand thus continued ..and he had us in his grip.

Just a little over 4 years later, 'The Most Trusted Man in America' Walter Cronkite went on to incorrectly tell us on TV from Hue, South Vietnam that the Communist TET Offensive in a then Free South Vietnam had been a success .. when it was actually a big defeat for our Communist Enemies. Upon his return home Cronkite then told the American People on TV that it was time for us to leave South Vietnam ..and he had us in his grip.

This put into motion the demise of an American Presidency, doubt into our Freedom Mission for South Vietnam and eventually a most horrid Fall of Freedom there for millions of poor S.E. Asian Souls, and the deaths of many. Showing us that ..Free TV isn't Free..

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Yes, we all know that when there are Republican administrations, reporters never concentrate on finding scandals. Obviously she's a secret Klansman.
However, my understanding is that there is another side to the Firestone issue.
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Yeah, like Ford recommending tire pressures that were too low!

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The Blaze is calling. Please answer!
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To his propaganda media, any questioning of Obama is a "political agenda."
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And racist, too.
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Gone rogue, eh? The question I have for Ms. Attkisson is, are you ready to be a pariah? Because if you keep going down this road, that's what you'll be within the MSM herd. With that crowd, it's not about doing the job, reporting and letting the chips fall where they may, it's about protecting the herd, which includes the left side of the political spectrum, including the Democratic Party. If you've got the guts to do that, Lady, there will be a lot of people *outside* the herd that will have your back.

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My guess is that with her continual coverage of Fast and Furious, she was already being treated like a pariah at work.
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Unlike Andrea Mitchell, it's nice to see a TV reporter who doesn't roll over on her back and pant at the mere mention of Obama.
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Good news. Hopefully she will be free to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable somewhere else...isn't that what a reporter is supposed to do.
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That's what a prophet is supposed to do. A reporter should report the news.
(Sorry if you were being sarcastic.)
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