Ramirez on Attkisson’s departure
posted at 5:11 pm on March 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
Via Twitchy, which notes that the “C” that Sharyl Attkisson carries out of CBS News stands for “credibility.” Most of us feel the same way, although Jan Crawford does good work as well. Michael Ramirez offers a clear vision of the circumstances of her departure:
Normally, one would expect a national news-media outlet to value reporters who fearlessly hold the powerful accountable, and not just in administrations run by Republicans. The long struggle for Attkisson at what once was the gold standard of television reporting reflects just how far CBS News has fallen, and how painfully obvious their agenda has become.
Attkisson tried to quit a year ago, but stayed after CBS brass promised to do better, Howard Kurtz reported yesterday:
But people familiar with the situation say that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.
CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager talked her out of leaving last March, promising that some of the issues she had raised would be addressed.
Based on these assurances, Attkisson returned to work full time and dropped efforts to terminate her contract.
But the differences proved irreconcilable in an atmosphere that has also drawn complaints from some other reporters and producers. While Fager, a veteran newsman who is also executive producer of “60 Minutes,” commands considerable respect in the news division, there is concern among some of the rank and file about the difficulty of getting management to approve tough stories.
The C could have remained for craven, it appears.
Update: I can’t believe I forgot to link to Ramirez’ original. My apologies for the oversight; it’s corrected above.
Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.