Politico ran a story that “Sharyl Attkisson has problems”:
“The Obama administration won’t answer the CBS News correspondent’s questions because her investigations — into Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Solyndra — often reflect negatively on it. Some colleagues at CBS News, where she has worked for two decades and earned multiple Emmy awards, dismiss her work because they perceive a political agenda. And now, she says, someone may have hacked into her computers. Attkisson’s one piece of solace may come from finally gaining some like-minded colleagues in the media. For years, Attkisson has been one of the few mainstream reporters pursuing critical stories about the Obama administration. Today, as “scandal season” takes hold in Washington, she has seen her longstanding skepticism of the White House and the Justice Department become the conventional attitude among a formerly deferential Beltway press corps.”
You might assume that this means Attkisson is a secret conservative in a liberal environment, but that is not where the evidence leads. Attkisson can sound like any other anti-business liberal when talking about so-called “tax havens” (though she is right to ask about how it reflects on giving out “bailout” money).
In fact, as Politico reveals near the bottom of the story,
“In fact, Attkisson has written many stories about GOP failures as well as Democratic ones. Her 2008 investigations into the so-called “TARP Bait & Switch” under then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson won her an Emmy award for investigative reporting. In March 2012, she reported on GOP freshmen betraying their promises of reforming Washington and instead hobnobbing with fundraisers at a resort in Key Largo.”
All you have to do is go to YouTube.com and search for “Sharyl Attkisson” and “bailout” and you will find news stories from before Obama was put into office. She has also questioned government corruption at other levels and exposed hysteria on Swine Flu which, though it was done in 2009, was not aimed at the White House.
Aside from the evidence, there is also common sense. The mainstream media would filter out conservatives earlier in their careers. It would not grant awards and move people into the Washington DC beat if they had a GOP or Conservative agenda.
But since Obama is now in power, and Attkisson investigates power and the claims made by power, the White House is now claiming that she is driven by an agenda. Both because of her Fast and Furious coverage (for which she won an Emmy) and her Benghazi coverage, the Obama Administration has done all they can to marginalize her.
What we learn from this story is that much of CBS is simply a part of Obama’s social group of friends or fans. As soon as he or his spokesmen dismisses her, it travels as gossip and Gospel truth through the Network. She is even in informal talks about trying to leave CBS ahead of contract, according to Politico. Even apart from using the Justice Department to violate the privacy of reporters, the Obama liberals can simply bully, and find help all over the mainstream media. That Attkisson still has any defenders is a testimony to her integrity.
Attkisson’s defenders say that she is “not partisan.” They are right. That’s why she is in trouble.