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Atkisson Quits CBS News Over Network’s Liberal Bias, Complicity In Promoting White House Narratives
March 10, 2014 by Ben Bullard

Sharyl Atkisson, one of the few reporters in mainstream media who has never strayed far from the lessons they (presumably) still teach in J-school, has agreed to an early resignation from her investigative correspondent’s position at CBS News.

The Obama Administration must be thrilled.

Atkisson has been a major thorn in the side of the White House ever since she began doggedly pursuing oft-ignored threads in the official narrative of the timeline of the events that claimed four American lives during the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya – and she’s remained outspoken about the Obama Administration’s stonewalling tactics to ensure she never inched near the truth.

CBS News was never comfortable with that sort of investigative determination, and both parties had been in negotiations for the past several months over whether, and how, to clear her a graceful exit path from the network, according to POLITICO:

Atkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said.

She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.

… Feeling increasingly stymied and marginalized at the network, Atkisson 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.

Of course, the network has questioned her impartiality – chiefly because Atkisson is working on a book that narrates her struggles to get the Obama Administration to talk to her (and CBS News to air her reports).

Crying foul inside the Washington, D.C. echo chamber apparently now constitutes conservative bias, so far as the suits at mainstream networks are concerned.

It will be interesting to see whether Atkisson lands at a smaller new media outlet that either claims a serious commitment to investigative reporting, or, at the very least, wears its political biases openly for all to see.


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JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 09:48 AM

Atkinson is a disgruntled frustrated reporter who will probably fit in well with the sub-standards available to her at FOX NEWS.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It will be interesting to see what comes to light when Obama's term comes to an end. I dare say that a lot of the allegations that were pointed at the current administration will show that there was a whole lot more merit as opposed to the status quo of "it's not my fault, the Republicans did it, and still my personal favorite, blame Bush. Like it or not there are too many indicators to dismiss the possibility of the censorship of the press during these " Dark Years. A lot of people are going to feel very foolish when Obama's transgressions come to light. And yes, I will say I told you so...

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 07:50 AM

And yes, I will say I told you so...

HMJC, so will I.

I hope we will still be afforded that privilege.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 17:03 PM

WE all know your demeanor Tot.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 06:34 AM

We all know yours too Walking Eagle

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Hey! Walking Eagle!!! I kinda like that one. But you are probably gonna have to use it a lot to make it identifiable with me.

TOT is written in Stone. Though in truth, I have considered other monikers for ya...The Walking Dead, Tombstone, Septic Tank, Lurch, Vacant, etc. Better just leave it at TOT tho.

Bruce has maybe a ring to it plus it has lots of potential considering your homosexual prejudices. I may do a story on Bruce! It will be done in Lucky Peel fashion.

sebekm commented on Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 14:03 PM

"Atkinson is a disgruntled frustrated reporter who will probably fit in well with the sub-standards available to her at FOX NEWS."

She has good reason to be disgruntled. If she does go to Fox News, at least she'll no longer be reporting in obscurity.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 08:02 AM

Well she may or may not be reporting in obscurity when she gets to Fox, but she will still find a way to be disgruntled. I doubt she could be "happy" ANYWHERE.

Seems frustrated...

sebekm commented on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 14:14 PM

I suspect she will be very happy there - as the topics she has chosen to focus on are exactly those which most people want to know about. They are FNC "topics," and that's why they were (and she was) suppressed by her former employer.

But after all - she was only trying to help the Obama administration keep their promise to be "the most transparent administration in history." You remember that one, don't you? It's the broken promise that AP and the Washington Post have exposed:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-cit...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/e...

And even the White House correspondents agree:

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/0...

And THIS - IMHO - is a DUMB, DUMB mistake:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/busines...

When the internet gets censored in this country - much as it is in a lot of places around the world - then you and I will personally understand at a basic level the kind of damage this president has done over the past five years.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I am more afraid of Putin than anything else right now.


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