CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson won a lot of supporters from both conservatives and independent thinkers when she began a short but relentless career at the Tiffany Network, conducting unauthorized experiments in truth telling. Of course, as many predicted early on, that wasn’t going to last terribly long and she has since exited Stage Left. But her experiences with her old bosses were certain to raise some questions, and a few of them were answered this week during an interview on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia.
Chris Stigall talked to former CBS News Reporter Sharyl Attkisson this morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the trouble reporters have to deal with while covering politicians and the government, as well as the current state of investigative reporting.
Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters, Attkisson said, “I wouldn’t surprised if sometimes there is that level of cooperation with some questions. If I need something answered from the White House and they won’t tell me, I’ll call our White House Correspondent. They’re friendlier with the White House Correspondents in general. So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and they will be told ‘ask that at the briefing and we’ll answer it.’ They want to answer it in front of everybody. They do know it’s coming and they’ll call on you. There’s that kind of coordination sometimes. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination. I don’t think it’s everybody on every briefing, every day. I’m pretty sure it’s not. But I think people would be surprised at the level of cooperation reporters have in general with politicians.”
I should probably give you all a moment to get up from the fainting couches and recover from the shock of hearing that.
I’m not sure what the future holds for Sharyl Attkisson, but she’s a refreshing breath of fresh air. She has a book coming out which deals with her experiences in the mainstream media. I can assure you that I’ll be on the list to read it as soon as it’s available and will share it with you here. But what’s she up to in the meantime? Well, she was still taking to Twitter last night to chat.
@jcopella I have serious questions remaining about FF and Benghazi..hard to say which questions may be more serious…
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) March 21, 2014
I’ll probably be accused of some form of sexism for this, but… you go, girl.