Sharyl Attkisson parted ways with CBS News earlier this year, allegedly over frustration with not getting her stories on the air. But the veteran journalist's new home will likely to be happy to publish any story she has critical of the Obama administration.
Attkisson made her debut Tuesday morning on The Daily Signal, a new site launched today by the conservative Heritage Foundation. “There’s a tendency in the news media, on the part of some managers, to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers,” Attkisson told her new employers in an exclusive interview/press release. “I think that’s really a very dangerous perspective to have.” She seems excited to go to work again, after her 20-year career at CBS News ended somewhat ignominiously.
Of course, she is taking barely veiled shots at her old bosses at CBS News when she accuses the news media of censoring stories. Attkisson resigned from CBS News in March over accusations the news organization was stifling her reporting on the Obama administration because of a perceived "liberal-bias" at the network. "Attkisson... had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting," Politico's Dylan Byers reported at the time. "She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air." On the other hand, her coworkers saw her work as "agenda-driven," and CBS executives "[doubted] the impartiality of her reporting." Before that happened, though, Attkisson embarrassingly implied the Justice Department or the NSA — someone inside the Obama administration — infiltrated her laptop, allegedly over her reporting on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks or the 2011 "Fast and Furious" scandal. The administration denied any role in Attkisson's alleged hacking. In truth, it's more likely her computer was hacked by, well, a hacker — one looking to exploit a popular television journalist.
But Attkisson won't have to worry about that kind of liberal bias at the Daily Signal, a new news destination funded by the Heritage Foundation, the conservative group run by Jim DeMint, the former Tea Party champion and senator. It's supposed to achieve what the Daily Caller originally wanted to achieve — hard-hitting, but fair, reporting with a conservative bent. That plan didn't work for the Daily Caller, but that doesn't seem to concern Attkisson. “What I’m seeking out now is the opportunity to bring under-served stories to a broad audience through an editorial process that doesn’t censor, that doesn’t try to direct a story to go in a certain unnatural direction," Attkisson said. They're a match made in heaven.
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