According to Politico Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative reporter with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with the network’s liberal bias. It’s why she resigned from CBS “News” this week. She was worried, according to sources, about an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported. She was right.
This is what happens to real journalists in the era of Obama. An era that has seen big government target journalists like James Rosen of Fox News as a “co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act, for merely doing his job. It’s a time when the Associated Press has had its phone records illegally obtained in an effort to ferret out sources.
Through all of this, astonishingly, the press at large continues to carry Obama’s water.
I have worked with fine journalists in my career in news. Some took their craft so seriously that their spouses had no idea how they leaned in the voting booth. Some wouldn’t even vote, fearing it might cloud their objectivity.
I’m not sure if Attkisson went that far. I am sure that she approached her job with zeal and professionalism. It was Atkisson who gave CBS News credibility with the American people as she pressed the Obama administration on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and Obama’s green energy boondoggle. She was even yelled at and “cussed” out by Obama staffers because she was asking tough and pointed questions. How did CBS reward Attkisson for her dogged pursuit of the truth? They marginalized her and kept her reports from airing.
There is only one job articulated in the Constitution of the United States: a free press.
Many in the profession today have forgotten this most basic and essential responsibility. CBS no longer has Sharyl Attkisson on staff. With her exodus comes the departure of any credibility CBS still had as an unbiased news organization on the national level. It’s sad. The journalistic marketplace has slim pickings of journalists who remember that their job doesn’t stop when an extremist liberal occupies the Oval Office. Sharyl Attkisson, and her relentless desire to fulfil her First Amendment responsibility will be sorely missed.
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