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Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS, partly due to “liberal bias” « Hot Air

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First Liz Wahl quits RT over Crimea, now this. It’s been a bad week for state TV.

Coincidentally, Alisyn Camerota announced today that she’s leaving Fox News after 16 years, leaving a vacancy in the 1 p.m. hour. (Seriously, though, I think that’s a coincidence.)

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 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…

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.)

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. The bit above about her being frustrated with liberal bias rings true, too. She’s been complaining about that, albeit in more oblique terms, for a long time now.

With the possible exception of Tapper, she’s the most respected major-network reporter working today among conservatives. It’s a fait accompli that her book will make a splash on the right. What then? Fox is the obvious choice, but if CNN decides to double down on hard news, maybe they’ll go after her. They’re planning to fill Piers Morgan’s 9 p.m. time slot at the end of the month with a rotating group of interim hosts, Tapper included. If a newsier hour is well received, maybe they’ll bring in more reporters like Attkisson — although Anderson Cooper’s show is already sorta hard news and he hasn’t ousted O’Reilly at 8. Maybe it’s time to be truly bold: “Sensible Reasonableness” at 9 p.m. with your co-hosts David Frum and Michael Smerconish. Take that, Megyn and Rachel.

By the way, did we ever find out who was behind that suspicious activity with her home computers? Attkisson had a suspicion about it last summer, but unless I missed something, that’s the last we heard.
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I have such a hard time not being cynical about stuff like this. She only now noticed?
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I have such a hard time not being cynical about stuff like this. She only now noticed?
No, she knew the whole time and tried to fight the good fight for a couple of decades.
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Maybe. I remain skeptical about claims to be fighting the good fight in an obvious and overt propaganda outfit like the CBS.
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Maybe. I remain skeptical about claims to be fighting the good fight in an obvious and overt propaganda outfit like the CBS.
Her good fight led to the mysterious hacking of her home and work computers during Obama's re-election campaign.... This and enhanced resistance by her bosses to air her stories on the Obama scandals finally induced her to give it up. Her contract was due anyway and they were overtly haggling to the point of no reason.

We call it "SeeBS" for very good reason, and Attkisson was about their only credible reporter left.

Will be interesting to see where she lands now, and most fascinating to read her tell-all book she is reportedly writing.
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I am not about to just presume innocence in any situation so monumentally corrupt as Western media. The notion that she was a caped crusader of Journalistic Integrity is possible, but no more likely then that she knew pretty well that she was the token alibi for the channels behaviour and reporting otherwise and accepted that as a career move - something that she might have gotten away with if the dems hadn't saddled themselves with this horrific clown and DNC/MSM consequently had to turn up the level of outright lying and propaganda, which made her previous role untenable. At least I will want something backing it up more than her say-so.
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I am not about to just presume innocence in any situation so monumentally corrupt as Western media. The notion that she was a caped crusader of Journalistic Integrity is possible, but no more likely then that she knew pretty well that she was the token alibi for the channels behaviour and reporting otherwise and accepted that as a career move - something that she might have gotten away with if the dems hadn't saddled themselves with this horrific clown and DNC/MSM consequently had to turn up the level of outright lying and propaganda, which made her previous role untenable. At least I will want something backing it up more than her say-so.
That's not entirely unreasonable. However you have the disadvantage of lacking the personal knowledge of the history here, and her struggle to save the fourth estate as it were, her entire career.

At age 50+ it might be hard to compete in the world of news bimbos, so her resignation is courageous. It's alot easier to keep quiet and cash the checks. So you gotta sorta give her points and some benefit of the doubt for that.

They weren't squeezing her on money.
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At age 50+ it might be hard to compete in the world of news bimbos, so her resignation is courageous. It's alot easier to keep quiet and cash the checks. So you gotta sorta give her points and some benefit of the doubt for that.
There is that. If the follow the money trail ends up not going there, that's always a pretty strong indication.

Unless she surfaces at Fox now, that is.
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There is that. If the follow the money trail ends up not going there, that's always a pretty strong indication.

Unless she surfaces at Fox now, that is.
Might be a likely scenario. Were I Roger Ailes, I would have the checkbook open and be on the phone with her agent right now.
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Perhaps she can get a gig at whatever channel Keith Olbermann went to. A show with both of them together might be entertaining.
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