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Attkisson: CBS Said I was Troublemaker for Benghazi Reporting

By    |   Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 11:40 PM

Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says her bosses at the network called her a "troublemaker" for digging into the fatal raid on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

During an interview with Fox News' Bill O’Reilly Thursday night, Attkisson spoke about her 21 years at the network that came to an end last month when she resigned.

"Benghazi I was assigned to look into about three weeks after the attacks happened by management and pursued that aggressively," Attkisson said. "As I felt we were beginning to scratch beneath the surface on that scandal … interest was largely lost on that story on the part of the people that are responsible for deciding what goes on the news.

"And you're a troublemaker because you're still pursuing it. It goes from hot to cold in one day sometimes, where they're asking you to pursue something heavily and then it's almost as if a light switch goes off and they look at you all of a sudden as if, 'Why are you bringing us this story?'"

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O'Reilly also asked Attkisson about her reporting on the Fast and Furious gun walking scandal, along with the Obamacare website rollout. In both instances, once she began to break stories and dig deeper, she says CBS lost interest and told her to cease working on the stories.

"I found out that we had to quit pursuing the story more or less due to a lack of interest well before we found answers to a lot of questions," Attkisson said of her work on Fast and Furious. "They didn't ask me what was left to report, they just decided on their own that the story was done."

Regarding Obamacare, Attkisson said she was frustrated to learn the network seemed to lose interest — particularly after a top Obama official would not allow the website to go live because of the security problems.

"The computer security person who still works there at HHS, had refused to sign off and recommended in fact that this website not go live because of all the security issues," Attkisson said. "That was not considered a big enough story. But I thought it was hugely important because this is an insider, someone who works in the Obama administration, who had made this assessment."

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