CBS Reporter Investigating Fast and Furious and Benghazi Resigns Over Liberal Bias

The bulk of Attkisson’s work focused on the failures of the Obama administration


It was bound to happen. Sharyl Attkisson had become frustrated trying to report on an administration that the CBS brass insisted on covering for. Her computer was hacked and there was apparently much more also going on behind the scenes.

Attkisson won five Emmy awards at CBS.

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 reporting on air.

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…

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 scandal — others saw evidence of a political agenda, particularly against President Barack Obama. (The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including its failed green-energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.)

Others have suggested that CBS News itself was politically biased: “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.

The fact that Attkisson was reporting on scandals involving the actual administration in power was itself seen as bias.

That tells you all you need to know about how broken journalism is.

Tags: Media Bias, CBS