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3/10/2014

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.

47 Responses to “Sharyl Attkisson Leaves CBS In Part Due to Frustration with Liberal Bias”

  1. Its truly unbelievable how much the MSM has allowed journalism to be completely corrupted in recent years.

    SPQR (768505)

  2. Aw, and I was just about to do a jig.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/03/10/fatal-vision-selling-th-president-author-joe-mcginniss-dies-at-71/

    Now I’m bummed.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  3. Its truly unbelievable how much the MSM has allowed journalism to be completely corrupted in recent years.

    Pat Caddell has it right.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBR4g6cBYeA

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  4. she served that fascist slut enterprise like a good little trooper for TWENTY EFFING YEARS

    me I have never served a fascist enterprise for more than three years straight

    three years is my record so far

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  5. unless you count paying taxes

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  6. what state do you live in, happy?

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  7. i live in nether failifornia

    but the clock on that is ticking

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  8. “She was the 18th most aired reporter among all network reporters from 2008-2009… and then fell to 78th place.

    Apparently her digging into political wrongdoing was appreciated up until Obama was sworn into office, and not so much thereafter.”

    - Ace of AoS

    Colonel Haiku (823dc9)

  9. This is so interesting about Attkisson,

    She began discussing her early departure with CBS New president David Rhodes last April.

    David Rhodes’s brother, Ben, is President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, and he was involved in the writing of the Benghazi talking points.

    Attkisson is at work on a book tentatively titled, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington,” about the difficulties of reporting the Obama administration’s failures.

    In looking further, here is a link to the Benghazi talking points and emails by Rhodes.

    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/cnn-exclusive-white-house-email-contradicts-benghazi-leaks/

    Dana (9f8700)

  10. 7. Yes, it is.

    http://www.iris.edu/seismon/

    I don’t actually expect a really big one for a couple decades but by really big I mean 9.0 or better.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  11. keep forgetting to pick up museum wax

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  12. but I did remember to pick up a tasty bottle of ‘orchata!

    if you have a sweet toof, please to enjoy this cocktail we inventered

    2 shots chila orchata
    http://www.chilaorchata.com/
    1/2 shot disaronno
    1 shot tito’s

    shake with ice and serve over rocks or in a four-shot martini glass

    garnish with a big fat slightly singed marshmallow

    for lack of a better name we call it orchata: rise of an empire but you can call it whatever you want

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. “…lack of dedication to investigative reporting…”

    Why incur this expense when the DNC’s talking points are free?

    Perfect Sense (4d5c72)

  14. Speaking of liberal bias, the NY Times (no link 4 you) rants yet again about those darn Kochs.

    The truth about group contributions? In 2008 only 9 of the top 100 donors leaned Republican. The Kochs were #63. Like the attacks on Fox News, it’s clear the Left hates diversity.

    https://www.opensecrets.org/bigpicture/topcontribs.php?cycle=2008&bkdn=DemRep

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  15. i live in nether failifornia

    Another group of fascist whores you’ve been sticking with then.

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  16. BTW, the leader on the Koch editorial in the NYT says this:

    “The purpose of the brothers’ spending is to rig the economic system for their benefit and for that of other oligarchs.”

    That seems like libel.

    Kevin M (dbcba4)

  17. i’m very subversive i even stopped recycling

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  18. The state has fused with the media. All of it. Ergo, everything we read or see is propaganda, or tainted by it. Orwellian, if you think too long about it all. Khrushchev nailed it. We’re buried.

    G Joubert (0972a5)

  19. 17. i’m very subversive i even stopped recycling

    Comment by happyfeet (8ce051) — 3/10/2014 @ 10:14 pm

    I recycle some of the yard craft I’ve used still say USS Hornet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXZAf07gaKE

    Nobody besides me would probbly have any reason to know this, but “401″ is a good hull number to recycle.

    http://destroyerhistory.org/goldplater/ussmaury/

    “Unique in the comprehensiveness of her service,” the second USS Maury (DD 401) was one of the most decorated destroyers of World War II.

    I’m all for recycling. It’s all I got.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VFC-111

    VFC-111 assumed its ‘Sun Downer’ insignia, callsign, and traditions from the VF-111 Sun Downers, a famous U.S. Navy fighter squadron, that was disestablished as a fleet F-14 Tomcat squadron at then-NAS Miramar, CA in 1995. Officially, in contrast with the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy does not recognize a direct lineage with disestablished squadrons.

    I used to be a young man. Now I’m freakin’ Freddie.

    http://movieclips.com/34TjB-the-wild-bunch-movie-aint-like-it-used-to-be/

    Steve57 (927d18)

  20. How good does she look in a short skirt? The answer to that will tell us whether she winds up on Fox News.

    The Dana asking the obvious question (3e4784)

  21. Mr 57 wrote:

    Nobody besides me would probbly have any reason to know this, but “401″ is a good hull number to recycle.

    The USS Error?

    The Dana asking another obvious question (3e4784)

  22. How ’bout the USS 401(k)?

    The snarky Dana (3e4784)

  23. 20. How good does she look in a short skirt? The answer to that will tell us whether she winds up on Fox News.

    Comment by The Dana asking the obvious question (3e4784) — 3/11/2014 @ 4:10 am

    You say this like looking good in a short skirt is a bad thing.

    Steve57 (927d18)

  24. I proudly served on the USS “File Not Found.”

    Several times. You may think I’m joking, but that’s why I made something like five copies of my medical record.

    Steve57 (927d18)

  25. I think I still have copies of my NATOPS record stashed about on at least three continents. Just in case somebody got the bright idea to send me to SERE school again.

    I only do certain things once. Like all the inoculations I’m gonna need to get shipped off to some tropical third world hell hole.

    Or, for that matter, getting told by some clerk at PSD, “You’re right, we screwed up. Now you’ve got a problem.”

    At 1630 on a Friday. Flat broke in a foreign country.

    Steve57 (927d18)

  26. News is propaganda, and propaganda masquerades as news.

    ropelight (c10145)

  27. Damn. R.I.P. Wild Bill

    http://minx.cc/?post=347800

    Steve57 (927d18)

  28. 20. How good does she look in a short skirt? The answer to that will tell us whether she winds up on Fox News.

    Comment by The Dana asking the obvious question (3e4784) — 3/11/2014 @ 4:10 am

    Unless Google images is really falling down on the job, Sharyl Atkisson does not do “slut”. Not a thigh, leg, or breast to be viewed.

    nk (dbc370)

  29. Mr 57 wrote:

    You say this like looking good in a short skirt is a bad thing.

    No, no, no, not at all!

    We owe Katie Couric a debt of gratitude for one thing: she reintroduced the skirt to television newswomen, and now we have the Fox News babes, who have since been copied by the CNN news babes, and even the Weather Channel wenches in skirts and heels. :)

    The sexist pig Dana (3e4784)

  30. nk wrote:

    Unless Google images is really falling down on the job, Sharyl Atkisson does not do “slut”. Not a thigh, leg, or breast to be viewed.

    I snapped ‘em all up!

    Colonel Harlan Sanders (3e4784)

  31. Just so you know, sexist pig, I like Megan Kelly for her intellect.

    Steve57 (927d18)

  32. and even the Weather Channel wenches in skirts and heels.

    Our local one said she was expecting eight inches tonight. I thought, “We could tell by the way you’re dressed”.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. Mr 57, I never watch Megan Kelly. The only time I was Fox is early in the morning, getting ready for work, with Ainsley Earhardt and Heather Childers perched up on white barstools, delivering the news. Naturally, I’m only watching for the news.

    That, and flipping back and forth to the Weather Channel — the weather is important to my business — with Stephanie Abrams and, if I’m really lucky, Jen Carfagno.

    The extremely sexist pig Dana (3e4784)

  34. We’ll know that it’s really taken hold when Rachel Maddow shows up in her stilettos, not that anyone actually watches her show to know about it.

    The laughingly sexist Dana (3e4784)

  35. I cancelled my cable about four years back. So I have to admire teh cut of Megan Kelly’s jib on YouTube.

    Steve57 (927d18)

  36. Mark your calendars. September is the 70th anniversary of the Submarine Memorial Chapel at Pearl Harbor.

    Subs didn’t leave port with their bells. There wasn’t room, and in any case bells are noisy. So subs would leave their bells behind, and retrieve them when they returned. If they returned.

    The bell in the chapel’s belfry belongs to the Argonaut. It rings every Sunday for lost crews. And, occasionally, her own.

    http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/uss-argonaut-166.htm

    Steve57 (927d18)

  37. It was a misunderstanding. Sheryl wanted to report the news objectively and CBS didn’t understand that.

    CrustyB (5a646c)

  38. Megan is doubly delightful. The image is always worth viewing and then she disects some snarky lefty with dialogue that is worthy of a screen writer. If Hollywood ever embarked on a project featuring an honest, smart reporter, they could do much worse that to just recycle her interviews. A very classy lady who appears to enjoy the lady side the deal. Attkisson would make for a great panelist especially paired with Catherine Herridge. These three women show a great deal of internalized knowledge, something our Republican “leaders” are obviously lacking.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  39. Sharyl Atkisson is probably going to get audited by the IRS.
    You know, like after they finish auditing Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, and Rachel Maddow.

    Because the IRS is all about fairness.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  40. It’s tough to be an honest reporter in an organization of dishonest propagandists.

    She has definitely been penalized for failing to toe the party line on Obama’s misconduct, but it isn’t as if she should be shocked that her work is shunted aside for being objective.

    She was there in 2004 when the News Division’s flagship 60 Minutes and their superstar Dan Rather tried to use fake documents to smear the President just before the election. If she couldn’t smell the coffee then, what was wrong with her?

    Estragon (ada867)

  41. Recall they hacked her files, and you could here a pin drop, who else is really doing any reporting besides Herridge and Griffin at Fox, Lake at the Beast,

    narciso (3fec35)

  42. 33. I like Jen Lopez but I’m prolly older than you.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  43. 9. Comment by Dana (9f8700) — 3/10/2014 @ 9:14 pm

    This is so interesting about Attkisson,

    [CBS News president David Rhodes's brother, Ben, is President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, and he was involved in the writing of the Benghazi talking points. ..Attkisson is at work on a book tentatively titled, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington,” about the difficulties of reporting the Obama administration’s failures.]

    In looking further, here is a link to the Benghazi talking points and emails by Rhodes.

    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/cnn-exclusive-white-house-email-contradicts-benghazi-leaks/

    Here is a link to his actual e-mail

    The CNN story is about how we were told that the White House involvement was only about correcting the word “consulate” and something else minor.

    Now that’s actually not wrong for what we have here is Ben Rhodes encouraging the CIA to write the talking points to correct the record but not writing them himself.

    This is one of the two e-mails I have cited to show you that the White House really believed what was in the talking points.

    At 8:43 on Friday, September 14, 2012 Tommy Vietor [a National Security Council spokesperson] writes to Jacob J Sullivan [Assistant to the Vice President for Foreign Affairs, or is that an old job of his?] and Benjamin J. Rhodes [deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, who coined the term "kinetic military action" when he was a mere speechwriter] as follows:

    Subject: RE: Revised HPSCI Talking Points for review [HSPCI = House Permanent select Committee on Intelligence]

    There is massive disinformation out there, particularly with Congress.

    They all think it was premeditated based on inaccurate assumptions or briefings. So I think this is a response to not only a tasking from the house intel committee but also NSC guidance that we need to brief members/press and correct the record.

    At 9:34 on Friday Sept 14, 2012 Benjamin J Rhodes writes, in part, in a similar vein:

    There is a ton of wrong information getting out into
    the public domain from Congress
    from people who are not particularly informed.

    Insofar as we have firmed up assessments that don’t compromise intel or the investigation, we need to have the capacity to correct the record, as there are significant policy and messaging ramifications that would flow from a hardened misimpression.

    Now Ben Rhodes in not talking about what he invented or someone in the White House invented, but what the CIA was now telling them.

    What was it that people who ARE particularly informed HAVE OR KNOW that others do not? It can only have been SOOPER SEKRIT INTELLIGENCE.

    That’s what told them the attack was not planned.

    Except that it was the CIA that had the disinformation!!

    This is all so obvious.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  44. 16. Comment by Kevin M (dbcba4) — 3/10/2014 @ 9:50 pm

    BTW, the leader on the Koch editorial in the NYT says this:

    “The purpose of the brothers’ spending is to rig the economic system for their benefit and for that of other oligarchs.”

    That seems like libel.

    No, as the New York Times explained in this editorial Sunday:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/the-uninhibited-press-50-years-later.html?_r=0

    How is society to preserve open criticism of the government, while also protecting individuals from libel, or the publication of damaging false statements?

    Fifty years ago this Sunday, the Supreme Court answered that question with a landmark decision in New York Times v. Sullivan. The ruling instantly changed libel law in the United States, and it still represents the clearest and most forceful defense of press freedom in American history.

    It applies not just to public officials, but to public figures.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  45. Irony, since the operate at the sufferance of a Mexican oligarch, Carlos Slim..

    narciso (3fec35)

  46. Since it is the official position of the Obama Administration that, at this point, it doesn’t make a difference why four Americans were killed, they probably shouldn’t object to Sharyl Atkisson’s forthcoming book.
    Or something.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  47. #43-44: Sammy, thank you so much for connecting the dots. No doubt HteWon is already in the process of bringing charges against those naughty CIA agents who deliberately deceived him. With your analysis to guide him it is just a matter of time before the entire thing is cleaned up and our government will once again be an organ governed by laws and constitutional limitations. Action on this front will be most welcome. We owe you a debt of gratitude for getting this ball rolling.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)


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