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Report: CBS News Bosses Irked by Correspondent's Thorough Benghazi Reporting
Townhall.com ^ | 05/08/13 | Guy Benson

Posted on 05/08/2013 3:20:49 PM PDT by MissesBush

The biggest Benghazi-related story that took place outside of the House Oversight Committee's hearing room today is this item in Politico, regarding CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson. She's the reporter who famously drew White House officials' profane ire over her unapologetic pursuit of the Fast & Furious scandal story; now she's apparently facing searing criticism from another source: Her own bosses. Why? Because she's been covering the Benghazi story too aggressively. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you media bias:

"Attkisson, who holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, takes a fighting stance when she feels she’s being stonewalled. Which is exactly what she thinks the White House has done to her on Benghazi," Farhi writes. But from where Attkisson is sitting, there are actually two Goliaths, one of which is almost entirely absent from the Post profile. The second Goliath is CBS News, which has grown increasingly frustrated with Attkisson's Benghazi campaign. CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue, network sources have told POLITICO. Attkisson can't get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized. That, in part, is why Attkisson is in talks to leave CBS ahead of contract, as POLITICO reported in April. Farhi mentions "internal conflicts" in the final paragraph, though he seems to dismiss them. The "internal conflicts" are indeed real -- Attkisson is still eyeing an exit, according to sources -- and provide important context for today's piece. Today, CBS News is celebrating Attkisson's commitment to the Benghazi story. It's good press. But that support is an aberration.

"Dangerously close to advocacy"? That's how CBS News apparently views the work of a reporter who is doggedly seeking truth about an issue of enormous importance that many of her colleagues have scrupulously ignored. Remarkable. And as Ed Morrissey noticed, Attkisson's Twitter feed went curiously silent very early on during today's hearings. What happened? Allahpundit thinks he knows what's going on here, and I agree with him:

[The media establishment and liberals] can’t stop conservative media from existing, but they can ghettoize it as illegitimate and “partisan” in a way that their own partisan garbage isn’t....Skepticism about Benghazi is fine for the wingnuts at Fox, but bringing such unhelpful nonsense into an “impartial,” i.e. pro-Obama, outlet like CBS risks lending credence to the GOP’s accusations. The proper line to take on Benghazi is to dismiss the new hearings with a sneer, a la Joe Klein, or, in the case of “impartial” news coverage, to dismiss them more lightly by referencing Hillary’s long-ago whining about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” to discredit the Clintons. “Going where the story leads” is unhelpful to liberalism in this case, ergo it’s advocacy by definition.

Attkisson's reporting makes Benghazi harder to pigeonhole as a right-wing conspiratorial obsession. CBS News owns a(n unjustified) platinum reputation in lefty media circles, rendering one of their correspondent's tireless work on an unhelpful subject doubly unhelpful. Thus, the suits are marginalizing her and questioning her integrity, accusing her of walking dangerously close to the activism line. Shameful. I'll leave you with two other tweets that shed light on how much of the media will cover today's events:

Message one: Only out-of-touch old white guys and nutty conservatives care about this story. The Chick-fil-A reference was a dead giveaway, just in case the other descriptors were a little too subtle. Message two: Republicans are only beating the drum on Benghazi (you know, that unresolved terrorist attack that killed a sitting ambassador and three other Americans) to damage Hillary Clinton ahead of 2016. In other words, this is just another political food fight, America. Feel free to move along.

The mainstream media is corrupt


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: attkisson; benghazi; benghazicoverage; benghazicoverup; benghazigate; benghaziscandal; benrhodes; cbsnews; guncontrol; mediabias; mediacoverage; secondamendment
Funny the same media didn't mind "advocacy" when it was Watergate, Iran-Contra, Plamegate, etc. Then the media considered itself a beacon of virtue and accountability for holding Republican presidents accountable for their actions and for holding a spotlight on them. Now under their zombie cult lord Obama, no one in the media is to question the Dear Leader. To do so is tantamount to treason. Hopefully Ms. Atkinson is seeing the brutal truth about the industry she's in--that it's utterly co-opted by a cult of personality around Obama that should disturb any thinking, patriotic American.
1 posted on 05/08/2013 3:20:49 PM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

That’s a great point that you raise - the media bias and hypocrisy on this is disgusting.


2 posted on 05/08/2013 3:23:39 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Future Fox News reporter?


3 posted on 05/08/2013 3:24:08 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: grundle
A bit of a hottie, in a mature sort of way....


4 posted on 05/08/2013 3:25:44 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: MissesBush

Hopefully Attkisson will start to set a trend in the media: Journalists for Truth.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 3:26:15 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (If guns kill people, how come no one dies at gun shows?)
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To: MissesBush

When See-BS is unhappy, good people are happy!


6 posted on 05/08/2013 3:26:17 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: MissesBush

Roger Ailes may be seeing another good hire?


7 posted on 05/08/2013 3:26:21 PM PDT by bytesmith
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To: MissesBush

CBS bosses irked.

Hmm. I’ll bet they are.


8 posted on 05/08/2013 3:26:40 PM PDT by stanne
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To: MissesBush

9 posted on 05/08/2013 3:26:53 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: MissesBush

One day these media ‘executives’ are gonna hang. They have sold their country down the river for the benefit of their political love object.


10 posted on 05/08/2013 3:26:54 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: MissesBush

The mainstream media is corrupt
**********
MSM.gov is corrupt to the max. The fourth estate has become a fifth column.


11 posted on 05/08/2013 3:27:03 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: skeeter

No. But one day they will work in fuel production for the ruling ferals in Bartertown. One day soon.


12 posted on 05/08/2013 3:28:23 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: ErnBatavia

I’ve always thought she was attractive and professional.

And now, looks like she’s a real reporter. She should jump over to Fox, which is far from perfect, and leave Communist Barack Station in the dust.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 3:28:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: MissesBush


14 posted on 05/08/2013 3:29:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: gaijin
TREASON is the reason!


15 posted on 05/08/2013 3:30:11 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: All

Here’s SA in a B-52

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AttkissonB52.jpg


16 posted on 05/08/2013 3:30:29 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: gaijin

She’ll have a home at Fox News.


17 posted on 05/08/2013 3:31:22 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bytesmith

I think Ailes is only interested in hiring people who are somewhere left of Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, and Alan Colmes.


18 posted on 05/08/2013 3:31:34 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Chode

CLASSIC!


19 posted on 05/08/2013 3:34:09 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: MissesBush
Are any of the one stream media corps American owned any more?

Are they all majority or part-owned by Saudis or some other entities that would not want American news reported to Americans?

Isn't it obvious by now that we've been taken over and we, the people, have lost control over our nation: our currency, our blood and our treasure, our borders, our elections and our media?

It is to me, and controlling our national dialog is the key and their trump card.

20 posted on 05/08/2013 3:46:18 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: MissesBush
Call CBS and leave message on their comments line in praise of Sharyn Attkisson!!: (212) 975-3247

Ask CBS, why the outrage? Was CBS' president Benjamin Rhodes told to stand down on Benghazi by 0bama's advisor David Rhodes? YES THEY ARE BROTHERS.

21 posted on 05/08/2013 3:51:21 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Oooops. Benjamin Rhodes is 0bama’s advisor, and David Rhodes is President of CBS, and why am I the first to mention this here? LOL


22 posted on 05/08/2013 3:54:03 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: MissesBush

From the article: “.......Message two: Republicans are only beating the drum on Benghazi (you know, that unresolved terrorist attack that killed a sitting ambassador and three other Americans) to damage Hillary Clinton ahead of 2016. In other words, this is just another political food fight, America......”

A great example of Liberal/Leftist projection if ever there was one. This quote above is exactly what they would do, therefore they accuse the Republicans as they would do. It’s what they know, what they perceive in their muddled truth impaired brains, and therefore how they think, thus they project onto others.


23 posted on 05/08/2013 3:55:53 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Proud contributer to the Free Republic Q-2 Freepathon.)
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24 posted on 05/08/2013 4:08:52 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: grundle

Have faith... the truth will destroy them.

LLS


25 posted on 05/08/2013 4:09:55 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: grundle

Every stinkin’ piece of offal that works for the communist media—ALL OF THEM—deserve a snail mail postcard mailed to them with a LARGE message calling them complicit in this crime by their refusal to educate the public as to the testimony.

Same thing for John Boehner and the idiot commie dems that couldn’t seem to hang around long enough to hear everything being said at the hearing today.

Say it on a postcard so ALL can see the message.


26 posted on 05/08/2013 4:18:26 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: MissesBush

At least with Watergate..NO ONE DIED..the media in this country is DEAD..they are no longer the media, out to seek the truth..they are all about protecting Obama..since Jan 2008 they have been protecting this man..because HIS agenda is THEIR agenda..what he wants, they want..if Obama came out and praised Hitler, the media would defend him, or just not report it..if Obama were a Republican this same media would have non stop coverage of what happened, investigating it, talking to the victims families and demanding that Obama be impeached..but since he’s a Communist Dem, they support him and could give a rats behind about those so brutally murdered


27 posted on 05/08/2013 4:19:27 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yep.

The liberal media is Bath-House Barry’s “deodorant”.


28 posted on 05/08/2013 4:24:09 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: MissesBush

According to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, Ms. Attkisson was live tweeting the Benghazi hearings today, but mysteriously stopped tweeting after only 30 minutes of the hearing had elapsed.

Hope she isn’t found at Fort Marcy Park, as Vince Foster was.


29 posted on 05/08/2013 4:29:26 PM PDT by texasmountainman (We might as well just give up & run, if we let them take our God & guns.)
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To: lonevoice

Bob Beckel, Juan Williams, and Alan Colmes

A$$ Hats listed in assending order.


30 posted on 05/08/2013 4:31:52 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: MissesBush
Not to mention Dan Rather and the transparently fake G.W. Bush Texas Air National Guard letter. No advocacy there.
31 posted on 05/08/2013 4:40:03 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: MissesBush
CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue

That's choice, but then, they would know...

32 posted on 05/08/2013 4:42:39 PM PDT by mikrofon (It's See-B.S.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
"Ask CBS, why the outrage? Was CBS' president Benjamin Rhodes told to stand down on Benghazi by 0bama's advisor David Rhodes? YES THEY ARE BROTHERS."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Other way around

Ben Rhodes

The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.

Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

The Benghazi Talking Points

Ben Rhodes also wrote Obama's Cairo speech.

33 posted on 05/08/2013 4:53:31 PM PDT by thouworm (DEMOGOGUE: leader who makes use of prejudices, false claims and promises to gain power.)
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To: MissesBush; kristinn

Kudos to Sharyl. Too early for nominations?


34 posted on 05/08/2013 4:54:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (3 guns when you only have one arm? "I just don't want to get killed for lack of shooting back")
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To: bytesmith
Roger Ailes may be seeing another good hire?

Surely, you jest. I'm very surprised he hasn't hired Keith Olbermann by now.

35 posted on 05/08/2013 4:55:07 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: MissesBush
Fascinating from the network that brought us 60 Minutes and Dan Rather. They have been biased hacks since Cronkite was an open advocate to end the Vietnam War.

I flipped over to CNN today during the hearings, because Fox switched to the story of some lady who killed her boyfriend, and CNN was discussing the hearings...

"...the Republicans are clearly determined in these hearings to damage both President Obama and presumptive candidate for President, Hillary Clinton..."

That wasn't an opinion guy either, but the "reporter" coming to you live from the hearings.

36 posted on 05/08/2013 5:02:29 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MissesBush
"Dangerously close to advocacy"? That's how CBS News apparently views the work of a reporter

What's the frequency, Kenneth?

37 posted on 05/08/2013 5:12:36 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: ErnBatavia

Palin would look smashing with a similar hairstyle.


38 posted on 05/08/2013 5:24:52 PM PDT by randita
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To: MissesBush

bkmk


39 posted on 05/08/2013 5:57:24 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: grundle

Time for Sharyl to suck it up and earn a Pulitzer, no matter what the personal cost.


40 posted on 05/08/2013 6:04:03 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: MissesBush

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Good one CBS. The station that practically has it’s lips surgically attached to Obama’s ass


41 posted on 05/08/2013 7:09:11 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: dead

fascinating that they see actual reporting as ‘advocacy’

what about it is advocating a position? or is it just that it is ‘not pro-obama’


42 posted on 05/08/2013 7:22:24 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: MissesBush

The corporate media cannot but operate in this fashion, because they do not **really** sit above the basic rules of cause-and-effect when it comes to things political. They like to be **seen** as public truth-tellers unreachable atop Mount Olympus, but their organizations are just **players** on the field, just like they people and things they report on, as well as those they do NOT report on (who wield influence over them, to the point of intimidating them).


43 posted on 05/09/2013 3:10:15 AM PDT by Mmmike
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To: F15Eagle

Thanks for the link.


44 posted on 05/10/2013 10:32:33 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: MissesBush; MestaMachine; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; Grampa Dave; ...
Thanks for posting this.

Now that ABC has broken the story on 12 revisions of the Talking points,...are we going to have the MSM get interested in the Benghazi story.

CBS may have to decide soon which way they are going.

Sheryl will be in demand.

45 posted on 05/10/2013 10:51:05 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Perhaps the House of Representatives shall help them decide which piles of poker chips to lay out on the table.


46 posted on 05/10/2013 11:12:40 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: MissesBush
Don't mess with the propaganda, Sharyl!

Pat Caddell slams the media: They have become an “enemy of the people” Sept. 29, 2012(video 26:00)

Emotional Pat Caddell on the MSM ignoring Benghazi: “These people have no honor!” Oct. 27, 2012 (video at link 4:06)

The MSM are enemies of the people!

47 posted on 05/10/2013 12:10:49 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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