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Politico: The Right Loses Its Hero At CBS News

From the Politico:

The right loses its hero at CBS

By DYLAN BYERS | March 10, 2014

The White House won’t be shedding any tears…

The White House declined to comment for this story. It is well known in Washington that Attkisson’s work has touched a nerve in the administration…

Exactly how is this "well known"? Have there been a lot of reports in the mainstream media about this? (Hint: no.)

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” gun-walking case — others saw evidence of a political agenda, particularly against President Barack Obama.

Notice how anyone who criticizes or even questions the Obama administration automatically becomes "polarizing."

Pat Shevlin, the executive producer of CBS Evening News, was especially wary of Attkisson’s motives and had even dismissed her, in private, as a partisan carrying water for Republicans, sources said. Shevlin often turned down Attkisson’s pitches, especially when they pertained to the attacks in Benghazi, they said.

Because CBS News will not allow anyone to carry water for anyone — not named Obama.

Others have suggested that CBS News — and Shevlin in particular — are where the bias is to be found. “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.

Whatever the case, Attkisson’s profile on CBS News programming has diminished in recent years. From 2007 to 2009, Attkisson was among the top 20 most prominent reporters on the major network’s nightly news broadcasts, averaging two-and-a-half hours of on-air time a year, according to the network news analyst Andrew Tyndall. Since 2009, she’s dropped out of the top 20. On Monday, Tyndall told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple that Attkisson appeared for just 54 minutes on “The CBS Evening News” in 2013, a third of her previous totals. “She was obviously being sidelined,” Tyndall said…

Huh. What happened in 2009 which would make CBS News rein in their most aggressive reporter?

In interviews with POLITICO last year, Attkisson’s defenders describe her as a dogged reporter, driven not by partisan ideology but by a strong skepticism of government. Producers at CBS News once nicknamed her “Pit Bull,” a source said, because she gets on a story and won’t let go…

Which is hateful. Unless it’s a story about a Republican scandal, like a Todd Akins quote. Then it is Pulitzer bait, and can be pursued for years.

Among Attkisson’s most notable achievements was her landmark report about the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, which earned her an Emmy award. She has also reported extensively on the Obama administration’s failed green energy investments and has made a sustained effort to try to uncover information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi.

Such reports have caused headaches for the Obama White House, which sees Attkisson as an agenda-driven partisan. In an interview with [Laura] Ingraham, in 2011, she said that officials from both the White House and the Justice Department had yelled and screamed at her because of her Fast and Furious report.

“[The White House and Justice Department] will tell you that I’m the only reporter — as they told me — that is not reasonable,” Attkisson told Ingraham at the time. “They say The Washington Post is reasonable, the L.A. Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable, I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.”

Of course, investigating Obama or any Democrat’s scandals is very unreasonable. Whose side is she on?

Liberal media watchdogs have tried to discredit some of Attkisson’s work. Media Matters For America has accused her of “shoddy, irresponsible reporting” and pointed to holes in her reporting on green energy and autism vaccines.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

But those who know Attkisson describe her as more anti-authority than partisan, and are quick to point out the investigations she’s done into Republican wrongdoing, including a 2008 probe into the so-called “TARP Bait & Switch” under then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (which won her an Emmy award for investigative reporting) and a March 2012 report on GOP freshmen hobnobbing with fundraisers at a resort in Key Largo.

Come on. That is what reporters are supposed to do. Dig up dirt on the GOP.

“You ask what makes Sharyl tick: It’s that she’s highly skeptical of people in power, and right now the people in power are Democrats,” one source said last year. “I don’t see her as an agenda-driven reporter.”

“[Attkisson believes] that public officials and federal officials work for us, and that it’s gotten to the point where they don’t believe that they should be held accountable,” another source said. “That’s not partisan.”

Of course, she is ‘partisan.’ Because being objective and questioning any Democrat like you would any Republican is ‘partisan.’ And, in the case of a black Democrat like Obama, it’s also racist.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico: The Right Loses Its Hero At CBS News”

  1. captstubby

    the official end of objectivity in journalism.
    before this, it was a 15 minutes of world news ,
    then switched to local stations for home town news.the consensus was there was no need for more than fifteen minutes to cover national news.

    Scott PelleyCBS NewsSeptember 2, 2013,
    “Evening News” marks golden anniversary of 30-minute broadcast

    On Sept. 2, 1963,
    what had been, since 1948, a 15-minute broadcast, anchored first by Douglas
    Edwards and then Walter Cronkite, doubled to 30 minutes overnight.
    President Kennedy gave Walter Cronkite an exclusive interview for the debut
    broadcast.CBS News A half-hour may not seem like a big deal in this era of
    24-hour cable news, but in 1963, it revolutionized journalism. It was heralded
    in the press and even got the attention of the president, who gave Cronkite an
    exclusive interview for the debut broadcast.
    “At his summer White House in Hyannis Port on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, President
    Kennedy today talked with this reporter of many things,” Cronkite said on the
    first 30-minute broadcast.
    Including Vietnam. Kennedy’s comments set off a debate that continues today,
    about what he would have done about the war — if he had lived.
    “In the final analysis, it’s their war,” he said. “They’re the ones who have to
    win it or lose it. We can help them. We can give them equipment. We can send our
    men out there as advisers. But they have to win it — the people of Vietnam —
    against the Communists.”
    Sandy SocolowCBS News Now, here’s what happened right after the interview:
    “Does that do alright from your standpoint?” Cronkite asked the president.
    “Yeah, that was fine.” Kennedy said. “Maybe just a little long on the answer, so
    I don’t mind if they decide to edit any of this stuff.”
    He didn’t mind, but his press secretary did. At the studio, the post-broadcast
    celebrations were interrupted by a phone call from press secretary Pierre
    Salinger.
    That first night, producer Sandy Socolow was in the control room, which back
    then was in Grand Central Terminal.
    “He accused Cronkite and the rest of us of distorting what the president said,
    of misleading the American people by faulty editing,” said Socolow. “Which if
    you look at the transcripts and you look at the cut, it just doesn’t hold
    water.”
    CBS Evening News Director Eric ShapiroCBS News In the days of the 15-minute
    broadcast, Cronkite and his staff would have to make a mad dash, just before
    airtime, from the newsroom on one side of Grand Central to the studio on the
    other. Eric Shapiro, who is the director of the Evening News today, was just
    starting his career at the network back then.
    “This was the shortcut,” Shapiro said of the catwalk above the terminal. “They
    would just run as fast as they could across here, running through this catwalk.”
    That wouldn’t do for the half-hour broadcast, so the newsroom became the studio,
    with Walter surrounded by wire machines, clanking and clattering. The expanded
    newscast that came out of that newsroom would help change the world.
    “It’s one thing to say there was the police and African-Americans who had and a
    clash in Birmingham; it’s another thing to see the barking dogs and a fire
    hose,” said historian Douglas Brinkley. It’s one thing to say they were using
    napalm in Vietnam, and it’s another thing to actually see napalm.”
    Walter Cronkite and some of his staff.CBS News In 1963, Marvin Kalb was on the
    diplomatic beat for CBS News. He told us the expansion to half an hour was
    “liberating.”
    “It opened the door for many of the reporters who had never been seen before to
    show their stuff,” said Kalb. “And night after night, Walter was able to
    introduce reporters from all over the world.”
    Just 81 days after Cronkite signed off on Sept. 2, 1963 — 81 days after that
    interview with President Kennedy — the broadcast of Nov. 22 opened this way:
    “John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated today in the 46th year of his life and
    his third year as President of the United States,” Cronkite reported.
    That half-hour was part of four days of unprecedented live coverage that saw
    television news come of age. More Americans were now getting their news from TV
    than newspapers.
    The expansion of the broadcast to 30 minutes had come just in time for some of
    the most momentous stories in the nation’s history: the marches for civil
    rights, boots on the ground in Vietnam, first steps on the moon.

    “And that’s the way it is,”
    Walter Cronkite

  2. I’m glad Politico associates asking honest questions, seeking honest answers and accountability with the Right. That’s what makes us .. Right.

    /the opposite of right is not left. the opposite of right is wrong.


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