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… Who Better to Ratify IRSgate and BenghaziGate than [#Watergate @ 40]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. Woodward and Berrnstein , themselves .

.. Woodward saying that IRSgate is legit is not news . Bernstein getting off of his derriere and actually speaking out on it and saying O.K. sure is …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the interview footage …

.. I wonder , has the Washington ComPost let Woodward and his team out to play ? I think so , but no articles as of yet . When those articles hit the front pages of the ComPost , then that would really get everybody ‘ s attention . And I do mean everybody , including the ObamaCraps …

.. Then would come the aw shit moments , saying ” What ‘ s Next . “

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… NBC Snooze continues circling the Drain …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,April 22nd,2014

.. especially when you lose reporters like Lisa Myers and Michael [Spikey] Isikoff …

.. say what you will about pMSNBC , NBC News generally has done a fair to decent job of news gathering and reporting . Not to say that it could have been better . It sure could have …

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. ” Spikey ” is a top – of – the – line quality investigative reporter . He really knows his stuff . I wonder what happened to chase him out of NBC , and then , where will be his next stop ??

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… It Makes You Wonder [#About Media Bias] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,April 18th,2014

.. Sharyl Attkisson has left CBS . That leaves a very good investigative reporter out in the hustings as a free agent ready to be picked up by a another network …

.. she was a guest the other night on FoxNewsChannel ‘ s the O ‘ Reilly Factor . Bill O ‘ Reilly was interviewing her about her pursuit of stories while she was an active reporter at CBS …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blognews..

After introducing his guest, O’Reilly asked Attkisson about her investigation into the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

The former CBS reporter asserted that she began to make inroads into the story but had to drop it:


Attkisson: I found out that we had to quit pursuing the story more or less due to lack of interest well before we found answers to a lot of questions. Including what about all the other cases besides the one you know as Fast and Furious that were also using similar strategies to transfer weapons down to Mexico. And how did this, if at all, play into a strategy the United States may be using to draw support or give support towards one of the cartels in Mexico against one of the others much like they had done in Columbia and other places.

O’Reilly: Playing one off against the other. You said something interesting that you had to abandon the story for lack of interest. Can you clarify that?

Attkisson: It just came to be that, I don’t think on the viewers’ part, but on the people that decide what stories go into the broadcast and what there is room for, they felt fairly early on that this story was over when I felt as though we had barely begun to scratch the surface. They didn’t ask me what was left to report. They decided on their own the story was done.

O’ Reilly moved to her investigation into Benghazi.


Attkisson: Benghazi I was assigned to look into about three weeks after the attacks happened by management, and pursued that aggressively, and as I felt we were beginning to scratch beneath the surface on that scandal as well which I think had many legitimate questions yet to be asked and answered. Interest was largely lost in that story as well on the part of the people that are responsible for deciding what goes on the news.

O’Reilly: So did they tell you, look, we don’t want you to spend any more time on this? Was it that direct?

Attkisson: No. It’s more as though there is no time in the broadcast. They really, really liked the story but you start to hear from, you know, other routes that “why don’t you just leave it alone,” “you know, you are kind of a troublemaker because you are still pursuing it.” It kind of goes from hot to cold in one day, sometimes. Where they are asking you to pursue something heavily and then it’s almost as if a light switch goes off and look at you all of the sudden, “Why are you bringing this story?”


O’Reilly: Is it possible because CBS News is third in the ratings that they are just doing stories that they think are going to get them audiences? Is that possible?

Attkisson: I suppose there could be differences of opinion as to what the audience wants to see. But I think there are larger things at play in the industry. Broadly there are overarching concerns about, I would say just fear over original investigative reporting. There is unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not just the news, but the images you see everywhere. By well- orchestrated and financed campaign of special interests, political interests and corporations. I think all of that comes into play.

Attkisson’s last big investigation at CBS was Obamacare:


Attkisson: I was asked by CBS to look into Obamacare and it had a similar trajectory whereby we broke some interesting stories that I felt we were uncovering some good information and making headway, but we and I feel like a lot of the media after several weeks of this kind of fell off the radar on the story to a large degree on the critical looks that we were taking, security issues, the lack of transparency, the lack of providing figures and information, that I think belonged in the public domain, belonged to us, that were being withheld, while being provided in some cases to corporate partners of the government being withheld from us, though.

…Just before Christmas came word that the top security official, the computer person who still works there at HHS, had refused to sign off and recommended, in fact, that this web site not go live because of all the security issues. That was not considered a big enough story, I suppose, is the way to put it by those who decide what goes on the air. I thought it was hugely important, because this is an insider, someone who works in the Obama administration who had made this assessment. If you look at having had something like that occur with a private corporation that proceeded to go online with all of these alleged security risks, I think the government would be very upset by that if the tables were turned. Here it was the United States government doing it.

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… Sign Her ! [#Sharyl Attkisson]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 16th,2014

.. it is my opinion .

.. I do not know her politics . Ideally , with an investigative reporter , one should not need to know them . Sometimes , though , it is nice to know their approach and / or philosophy . Tim Russert is an example …

.. especially after I read his autobiography . Russert was an up-from-the bootstraps working class kid from Buffalo , NY . He worked his fanny off through high school , college , and law school , and became an up-and-coming political aide when he went into journalism , his first love …

.. even when he interviewed people , you knew where he was coming from . He was a tough interviewer , and his loss is deeply felt by many . I know that I do , even as a conservative . I wish that I could have met the guy , talked politics , growing up , Cleveland & Buffalo , football , and the mess that now is NBC Snooze , especially pMSNBC . Tim has to be rolling over in his grave at the antics at that bunch of hacks …

.. I hope that FoxNews signs Sharyl Attkisson . She is an excellent investigative reporter . Give her a small staff , a budget , and turn her loose . She would be worth it …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the O ‘ Reilly Factor interview …

.. for those who do not know , she does have a website of her own . It is : SharylAttkisson.com …

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… Sharyl Atkisson leaves CBS …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 15th,2014

.. is anyone really surprised .

.. she is a top – flight reporter , one who took her reporting and her job seriously . Obviously , her co – workers and colleagues at CBS did not … it really makes you wonder about how much philosophical bias and political bigotry goes on at that network …

.. any bets on where she will end up next ? I am betting on FoxNews , or possibly even C.N.N. . Yes , CNN makes sense , because they still have a top flight investigative unit …

Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.

At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.

Feeling increasingly stymied and marginalized at the network, Attkisson began talking to CBS News President David Rhodes as early as last April about getting out of her contract. Those negotiations intensified in recent weeks, and her request was finally honored on Monday.

Reached by phone, Attkisson described her resignation as “amicable.” She said she will now turn her attention to the book, which is being published by HarperCollins, a division of NewsCorp (and not by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corporation.) She declined to comment further.

Sonya McNair, the senior vice president for communications for CBS News, said in a statement: “CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

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