CBS Reporter Who Went After Obama Quits, Cites Bias

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 02:33 AM

By Cathy Burke

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CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who needled the Obama administration with her reporting on Solyndra, Benghazi, and Operation Fast and Furious, quit the network Monday.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist was fed up with the network's liberal bias — and with being squeezed out of air time, Politico reported.

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She tweeted her resignation Monday morning:

But Politico reported the move came came after nearly a year of talks with bosses about getting out of her contract with the network, which has been criticized in the past for its bias.

Quoting unnamed sources, Politico reported she was also frustrated with the influence of the network’s corporate partners, the faint attention to investigative reporting, and the decreasing time she was allowed to air her reporting.

“It’s no secret that Sharyl has been unhappy about CBS’ lack of interest in investigative reporting, especially when it comes to stories about the Obama administration,” Politico quoted one source as saying.

CBS staffers countered that Attkisson's impartiality was questioned; since 2009, she's mostly reported on Benghazi, and the Obama administration's missteps on its green-energy investments and a flubbed gun-running sting, Politico reported.

Once dubbed "Pit Bull" by her producers, according to Politico, Attkisson has won five Emmy Awards, including for her reporting on the failed gun sting dubbed "Fast and Furious" as well as for Republican fundraising and other stories.

A book she wrote titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” is to be published by HarperCollins, a division of NewsCorp, Politico reported.

Publicly, Attkisson said the resignation was “amicable," calling her time at the network “one of life’s great privileges," and saying she was "sincerely grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had," according to Politico.

The network's announcement was tepid.

“CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors," said a statement from Sonya McNair, senior vice president for communications for CBS News. "We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

Network news analyst Andrew Tyndall told the Washington Post 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.

In past interviews with Politico, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren had praised Attkisson for going "after the stories others won’t go after, and she was right to go after them."

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham noted, “She is actually doing what journalists are supposed to do. That’s not easy in Washington, D.C., where we have a president with whom the majority of reporters agree with politically.”

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