I have resigned from CBS.
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 10, 2014
Yesterday from John Nolte at Breitbart:
Via her verified Twitter account, CBS investigative news reporter Sharyl Attkisson announced Monday that she has resigned from CBS.
Although Politico received no comment from Attkisson other than that the split was amicable, the left-wing outlet is reporting that Attkisson left due to the network’s “liberal bias.” This split is ahead of her contract. “She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.”
Politico writes that Attkisson became “a polarizing figure at the network.” Some saw a political agenda in her work. Politico adds:
The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.
Of course, in 2009 President Obama became president. Apparently Attkisson stuck out as an oddball to some at CBS and the rest of the media for daring to investigate power when it is held by a Democrat.
Back in May, Breitbart News reported that the President of CBS News, David Rhodes, is the brother of President Obama’s National Security advisor, Ben Rhodes. According to ABC News, Brother Ben was very much involved in the Benghazi scandal, specifically the infamous talking points that — with the help of the mainstream media — misled the nation for weeks in the heat of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
But wait! There’s more!
Yesterday from John Sexton:
Earlier today Sharyl Attkisson announced on Twitter that she was leaving CBS News. Early reports suggest the split was “amicable” though Attkisson is said to have wanted to leave because she had grown frustrated with the network’s “liberal bias.” Specifically, she felt it was a struggle to get her work on the CBS Evening News, the network’s flagship news program.
Erik Wemple of the Washington Post reached out to Andrew Tyndall who was able to put some numbers to the frustration that apparently drove Attkisson out the door:
Attkisson was the 18th most used reporter in major network nightly news, with 160 minutes of exposure. In 2008, she held steady at 18th, with 145 minutes, and in 2009, she was 19th, with 152 minutes.
She hasn’t landed in the top 20 since.
In a quick chat with the Erik Wemple Blog, Tyndall said that Attkisson tallied a mere 54 minutes on “The CBS Evening News” in 2013, a third of her previous totals. That was good for a ranking of 78th among network news reporters. “She was obviously being sidelined,” says Tyndall.
So Attkisson did not imagine that her status at CBS had changed, it really did. And given that it changed after 2009 when she started to focus on the Obama administration it stretches credulity to suggest that this was not a primary reason for the sudden change.
I remember years ago when running back Marcus Allen angered Raiders owner Al Davis with a contract holdout. Al retaliated by reducing Allen’s playing time. These were some of Allen’s prime playing years, and reduced playing time meant reduced stats, taking Allen out of contention for seasonal awards and effectively lowering his career totals.
The reason I bring up Marcus Allen is he is an example of the fact that you don’t have to fire someone to screw up their career. Sharyl Attkisson is in the prime of her career. CBS punished her for covering the “wrong” stories, and also sent a message to the rest of their staff. Don’t think they didn’t notice.
Sharyl Attkisson is not the only victim of the White House War on Freedom of the Press, she’s just the latest one. What is really ridiculous about the Obama Administration’s attempts to control the media is that most of them are already eager lapdogs. No POTUS in my lifetime has received such disproportionately positive coverage from the media. The media are not only reluctant to report anything negative about Obama, they go out of their way to defend him when a Republican criticizes him. (See: Crowley, Candy)
That is the scariest part of the White House War on Freedom of the Press – the press has gone over to the enemy.