Sharyl Attkisson is a seasoned reporter/investigative journalist, and formerly with CBS News. She is no longer with CBS because she has integrity and guts.
The investigative journalist spent 21 years with CBS before resigning in 2014. She is one of the few from that rarified climate to spill the beans on liberal bias in the media. Months after her resignation, her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” rose to no. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list.
In the same year America allowed in the Trojan horse named Obama, Attkisson was reporting on the lying left’s poster girl, Hillary Clinton. Attkisson pointed out that Clinton’s claims to have been under “sniper fire” in Bosnia was not true. No doubt she was growing disgusted with the people she saw up close for years.
One of Attkisson’s most impressive skills is the ability to think critically. Even better, she encourages others to do the same. From her website: “Investigative Journalist who tries to give you information others don’t want you to have. What you do with it is your own business. Do your own research. Seek advice from those you trust. Make up your own mind.”
Bernie Goldberg made a splash some years ago with his own sojourn at CBS; it’s quite interesting that Attkisson has charted a similar course, although the two focus on different subjects. Attkisson today anchors a public affairs program, “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson,” and her recent appearances on FOX News help represent her walk to daylight.
Most people simply have no idea how deep and pervasive leftist bias is in the media. Notice how Alan Colmes never gives any ground, and his sustained assaults on the right betray a loathing of his ideological opponents that is disturbing. Kudos to Attkisson for standing up to a whole community of Alan Colmes.
By 2010, Attkisson was winning awards for reporting on stories like tax dollar waste, but it was her brilliant look into the Fast and Furious scandal that signaled she was not just another New York liberal media member.
Not surprisingly, as she drifted farther from her journalistic home at CBS, Attkisson apparently became the subject of an investigation: Sharyl Attkisson.
She claimed her personal and business computers had been hacked by a third party, using “keystroke logging spyware.” And – get ready for it – the U.S. Justice Department denied any involvement. Later, Attkisson and her family filed suit against, among others, former Attorney General Eric Holder, for illegal surveillance activities.
In “Stonewalled,” Attkisson provides a fascinating glimpse into the subtle methods used by liberal media figures who wanted to suppress stories; in this case, she describes attempting to get used to new anchor Scott Pelley in 2011:
I acquiesced to Pelley’s oppressive editing, the countless style changes and revisions. I felt a pit in my stomach as I agreed to alterations that softened the facts and made the story convoluted and difficult to follow. But I needed to understand and adjust to Pelley’s style so that we could work together successfully. As the process dragged on for weeks, it became clear that I was on a fool’s errand. The revision process never ended. Were they scared of going after the powerful entities in the story? Were they feeling heat from the entities’ strong pushback? They didn’t say. All I know is, the story would never air on Pelley’s broadcast.
The report that he had so effusively complimented was permanently sidelined. This soon became a distinguishable pattern. Profuse compliments were often proven hollow. In fact, some of us in the field remarked that it seemed like the more the New York fishbowl claimed to “love” a story, the greater the odds it would never air. They rarely said the story wasn’t going to air. They just let it sit around and “loved it” until it began to stink like old fish.
How very interesting. This is but one revealing story about Attkisson’s efforts to perform her craft in a most hostile environment. It also pulls back the curtain on just how tightly information has always been controlled by New York titans who want the public to know certain things … and not know others.
I wish Americans would fully come to realize how leftwing the media really are. We all owe reporters like Sharyl Attkisson a debt of gratitude for their willingness to see their careers short-circuited by ideologues that in some cases have diabolical intentions.
Don’t forget: a news story is not always exactly what it appears to be. Orwell would understand.