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The Liberation of Sharyl Attkisson
Right Side News ^ | 3-20-2014 | Roger Aronoff

Posted on 03/20/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT by smoothsailing

The Liberation of Sharyl Attkisson

Published on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:12

Written by Roger Aronof


Sharyl Attkisson - True Journalist

Sharyl Attkisson has been “liberated” from her post at CBS, finally resigning after months of rumors of a rocky relationship with the broadcast news company. It turns out that she planned on leaving CBS a full year ago, but was persuaded not to at the time. Now the American mainstream media have lost one of the greats of modern journalism.

According to her CBS biography, Attkisson received several Emmys for her work at CBS, but not all was well in her relationship, as she began to be utilized less and less on the nightly news. “Andrew Tyndall’s quantitative analyses of network news trends” shows that Attkisson had 160 minutes of nightly news exposure in 2007. This had dropped to 54 minutes in 2013, according to Erik Wemple with The Washington Post.

Attkisson told Fox News in a brief interview that this wasn’t about her getting air time, but “the idea that so few of the incredibly interesting and important original and investigative topics I brought to the table, often exclusively, could find no home at CBS in the past three years or so.”

Regrettably, there have been longstanding suggestions in the liberal media that Attkisson was biased, and that’s why she didn’t exactly fit in. “Attkisson is a dogged reporter, driven by a strong skepticism of government,” wrote POLITICO in 2013. “Her drive can produce great journalism, but it can also cause her to push stories to the point that colleagues, especially those of a more progressive bent, suspect a political agenda.” The key here is the phrase “those of a more progressive bent.”

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1 posted on 03/20/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

The lamestream media has lost a journalist, but perhaps a new voice has been liberated to become a light to be shined on the dark corners of the Current Regime. For sure CBS was never going to let her go there.


2 posted on 03/20/2014 9:42:44 AM PDT by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: smoothsailing

She hasn’t been “freed”, she’s been silenced.
Whatever forum she goes to won’t have as large a microphone as CBS News, and a CLEAR message has been sent to those that would dare to stand against whatever the current Democrat Current Truth happens to be.


3 posted on 03/20/2014 9:44:55 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

Was hoping she would be at Fox by now. Wonder if she has a contract payoff and can’t go elsewhere for a period of time?


4 posted on 03/20/2014 9:45:51 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: smoothsailing

. “Her drive can produce great journalism, but it can also cause her to push stories to the point that colleagues, especially those of a more progressive bent, suspect a political agenda.”

The only reason her colleagues saw this as an issue was that the political agenda didn’t match their own. In fact, this author basically confirmed that her colleagues have a progressive political bent!


5 posted on 03/20/2014 9:49:37 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: tcrlaf

It depends on how you define “silenced”. I didn’t even know that CBS was still on the TV. Haven’t watched a single program on CBS in about 10 years, let alone their “news” section. This meant I also missed her.
I don’t like my intelligence being insulted.
She’ll be back, somewhere.


6 posted on 03/20/2014 9:53:02 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: smoothsailing
Regrettably, there have been longstanding suggestions in the liberal media that Attkisson was UNbiased, and that’s why she didn’t exactly fit in. Fixed it for them

“Attkisson is a dogged reporter, driven by a strong skepticism of government,”

Isn't that what a good reporter is supposed to do? I always looked at a story and "Really, now why should I believe that?

7 posted on 03/20/2014 9:55:22 AM PDT by verga (Poor spiritual health is often manifested with poor physical health.)
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To: smoothsailing
We wonder if the fact that the president of CBS News, David Rhodes, is the brother of Ben Rhodes—who was Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor,

I don't believe there's anything at all to wonder about, I'd bet David got the word from 0bama through Ben and it was spelled out plainly.

8 posted on 03/20/2014 9:59:58 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: smoothsailing

You can bet your ass Obama is spying on Sharyl, wanting to learn what she knows and who she’s talking to.


9 posted on 03/20/2014 10:02:43 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: smoothsailing

http://sharylattkisson.com/home.html


10 posted on 03/20/2014 10:03:34 AM PDT by thejokker
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To: CaptainAmiigaf

Roger Ailes ping ;-)


11 posted on 03/20/2014 10:05:00 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: tcrlaf
Whatever forum she goes to won’t have as large a microphone as CBS News...

Is it how many people tune in, or how many listen and comprehend that counts?

I doubt the typical CBS consumer had a clue what she was talking about. She's better off finding a place where not only her co-workers but her audience also appreciates her reporting. I believe she will.

12 posted on 03/20/2014 10:16:07 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Somebody please tell Sharyl that the 'SUBMIT' button on her comments page is DISABLED!!! Hacked, maybe?
13 posted on 03/20/2014 10:17:49 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: thejokker

Love it!

Thanks for posting the link. :-)


14 posted on 03/20/2014 10:18:28 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: CivilWarBrewing
I meant 'CONTACT' page, sorry.
15 posted on 03/20/2014 10:19:38 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: verga

Excellent point, she was not biased, so they were uncomfortable around here.

Isn’t that pathetic? Journalism has truly lost it’s way.


16 posted on 03/20/2014 10:24:17 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; All

I think she is limited in seeking other employment in two ways - she must wait for a time to be hired by someone else, probably 6 months or one year.

She is probably also limited in what stories she can publish if she started the investigation while at CBS, CBS will claim she cannot report on stories not yet published but investigated while at CBS.


17 posted on 03/20/2014 10:25:44 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Try clicking on the little envelope in the left hand column popout on the Contact page. See if that works for sending her an email.

http://sharylattkisson.com/contact.html


18 posted on 03/20/2014 10:29:41 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Attkisson had 160 minutes of nightly news exposure in 2007. This had dropped to 54 minutes in 2013

What is she complaining about? We have the Kardashians and profiles of contestants on The Greatest Race, Big Brother and Survivor to fill the airtime. Priorities!

19 posted on 03/20/2014 10:32:42 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Well, she’ll be able to use this time to finish her book and do the book promos in the media. I doubt CBS can keep her from selling her book.


20 posted on 03/20/2014 10:34:06 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: tcrlaf

She may have been silenced as a reporter, however, it is early to tell the impact of her book on the 2014 elections. Hope it is there in time to spread “Daylight Disinfectant”.


21 posted on 03/20/2014 10:41:39 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: smoothsailing

This is how dissent is suppressed in the USSA.


22 posted on 03/20/2014 10:58:20 AM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: smoothsailing
[Article] ....“the idea that so few of the incredibly interesting and important original and investigative topics I brought to the table, often exclusively, could find no home at CBS in the past three years or so.”

IOW, confirmation from a woman with a ringside seat, that CBS was running a hard political filter against her reporting, because the Red Democrats were in office.

23 posted on 03/20/2014 11:14:25 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Texas Fossil
She may have been silenced as a reporter ...

Wonder if she can retrieve her stories from the CBS Red Spike, rewrite them, and then deliver them in another, more fact-friendly forum? Like, say (if all else fails) the UK Telegraph or Daily Mail ..... or better still, The Times (of London)?

Cowriting a comprehensive story with Brent Bozell on the Media Filter/Journolist (presented as a modern Problem of Democracy)would be a great coup. The problem then would be to get it to the Low Information Voter's dinner table.

But as to countering the inevitable ad hominem attacks on whatever forum hires Atkisson, it would still be kinda hard for the Old Grey Whore to pee uphill on the London Times.

24 posted on 03/20/2014 11:22:00 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Yes, both are horrible rags.


25 posted on 03/20/2014 11:30:51 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: morphing libertarian

Usually they can’t do anything for six months.She has probably had her fill of the dBm. Maybe she will wind up at FNC no telling.


26 posted on 03/20/2014 5:38:41 PM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: verga

How to welcome her with open arms? Sarah’s new network?


27 posted on 03/20/2014 9:37:50 PM PDT by txhurl
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