Patterico's Pontifications


Sharyl Attkisson Leaves CBS In Part Due to Frustration with Liberal Bias

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:07 pm

I’ll take the quote from Hot Air to avoid quoting Politico:

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.

Allahpundit gets the line of the day: “First Liz Wahl quits RT over Crimea, now this. It’s been a bad week for state TV.”

Attkisson’s Twitter feed merely says: “I have resigned from CBS.”

Unconfirmed rumors I just made up say that Attkisson will now be required to certify on her tax forms, under penalty of perjury, that she will not be investigating the Obama administration in any future jobs, or a special 10% surcharge will apply. (The surcharge has not been passed by Congress but will be imposed pursuant to President Obama’s enforcement powers. Do you wish to raise a public objection, citizen?)

Good luck to Attkisson, an excellent reporter, in whatever future endeavors Barack Obama allows her to pursue.

Ted Cruz on Repealing ObamaCare with Obama in Office

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:37 am

Here are the key quotes from the exchange:

KARL: So you honestly think there’s a chance that you can get Obamacare repealed — every word, as you say.

CRUZ: Every single word.

KARL: With Obama in the White House.

CRUZ: You know, what’s funny Jon is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition –

KARL: Well it is!

CRUZ: [Crosstalk]

KARL: Just look at the size — it is a bizarre proposition, isn’t it?

CRUZ: It is the most unpopular law in the country. Millions of people have lost their jobs, have lost their healthcare, have been forced into part-time work, have their premiums skyrocketing. And right now Washington isn’t listening to those people. That’s how we win elections! And it’s also how we repeal Obamacare.

I’d embed the video, but it’s an autostart, and I’m not going to do that to you. It’s worth watching for the haughty, sniggering look on Jon Karl’s face as he talks about how ridiculous it would be to contemplate repealing ObamaCare with Obama in office.

It certainly seems ridiculous, of course. It would not seem ridiculous in a world where people like Jon Karl explained to the American people the predicament we are in, and how new entitlements exacerbate that predicament. But we’re not in that world. And so, although it is impossible to know how public opinion might shift in the future (although it’s certainly possible and even easy to act supremely confident that you do know), it seems unlikely that this could happen. You’re right, Jonathan Karl.

Because you’re not doing your job.

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