In an interview with National Public Radio’s David Folkenflik, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said that the network discouraged her from pursuing stories on the Obama administration, and seemingly lost interest in her government watchdog stories to the point that they kept them off the air. Here are some excerpts from Attkisson’s interview:
“You know, times I’ve been encouraged to begin covering stories about the Obama administration but then mid-stream I’ve been clearly discouraged from continuing to pursue them as the stories seem to start to get dicey, or as I seem to be able to turn up very good information and sources.”
“That if they say something, we’re to believe it. If they put out a press release, we’re to report it. And I come from an entirely different school of thought where I think – of course we are supposed to check those things out and look at them critically.”
“There was a changed appetite for the types of stories that I often specialized in, which tend to be a lot of government watchdog stories.”
CBS didn’t address Attkisson’s charges directly. Instead, they chose to issue a general statement to Folkenflik stating that “CBS maintains the highest journalistic standards,” which are “applied without fear or favor.”
Nice PR answer, but it doesn’t address Attkisson’s claims of bias in favor of Obama.
Attkisson did receive some support for her position from former NBC investigative reporter Lisa Myers, who told Folkenflik that the “mainstream media has been less eager to hold this administration accountable than it was to hold the Bush administration accountable.”
Since Attkisson’s departure from CBS, the network has reverted to being just another liberal news outlet that would rather curry favor with the Obama administration than report the truth to the public.