Sharyl Attkisson: Yeah, there’s probably coordination between the media and politicians

posted at 8:31 am on March 22, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

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.

I’ll probably be accused of some form of sexism for this, but… you go, girl.


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I’m sure there is collusion. It’s the government media after all. If the news people can manage to break free and do their job as it should be done maybe we can still save this country. They are a big part of government control.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 8:35 AM

IRS audit in 3…2…..

GarandFan on March 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

She seems like she wants to be an honest journalist, but also a liberal, and is struggling to reconcile the two.

Flange on March 22, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Prepare to be eviscerated Sharyl.

trs on March 22, 2014 at 8:42 AM

What? The “Fifth Estate” is just a branch of the White House Public Relations Department? Say it isn’t so….

SHM/(headdesk)/{facepalm}

I lay quite a bit of blame for where we are at the feet of those in the Media who are no longer reporters but sycophants.

ProfShadow on March 22, 2014 at 8:42 AM

IRS audit in 3…2…..

GarandFan on March 22, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I’m sure she’s already been targeted by various agencies.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Yeah, there’s probably coordination between the media and politicians

Yeah, there’s probably coordination between the mafia and politicians.
RICO should apply to the media as well as the mob.

kcewa on March 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I’m not sure what the future holds for Sharyl Attkisson, but she’s a refreshing breath of fresh air.

Her website:

SharylAttkisson.com
Untouchable Subjects. Fearless Reporting.

Flora Duh on March 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Let’s call it like it really is . . . the mainstream media is nothing less than the propaganda bureau for Obama’s regime.

rplat on March 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM

House of Cards.

CW on March 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I’m sure she’s already been targeted by various agencies.

Wasn’t her computer bugged by some unnamed federal agency?

Sexist? Hell no, Jazz! Perfectly OK to say You Go, Girl!

CiLH1 on March 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I’m sure she’s already been targeted by various agencies.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

August 7, 2013 – CBS News confirms Sharyl Attkisson’s computer hacked

CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair said that a cybersecurity firm hired by CBS News “has determined through forensic analysis” that “Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.”

Flora Duh on March 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Translation: Payoffs, bribes, favors being given to certain journalists.

albill on March 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

“Coordination” between the Fourth Estate and politicians is a feature of the system, not a rare occurrence. ‘Softball interviews’ are part and parcel, with the reward being increased ‘access’. Ref the People (target population) in the mix’ it’s all a game of, “We know, they know and we know they know”. Hence, the ‘People’ tune out, turn cynical and stay home…

vnvet on March 22, 2014 at 9:13 AM

The only thing Vladimir Putin admires about Choomy the Clown is his complete and TOTAL ownership of the press. He cannot get the slobbering cooperation of the press at gunpoint that Choomy gets for free every day. To question Obutthead would be to admit that all the core beliefs of Liberalism are failures. He is the end product of the affirmative action, great society, liberal, wet dream.

DeweyWins on March 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters…

That Phoenix reported was probably threatened with exile to the Gulag…and recanted her story basically labeling herself unprofessional & stupid.

Sad really…Sad

workingclass artist on March 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

The only thing Vladimir Putin admires about Choomy the Clown is his complete and TOTAL ownership of the press. He cannot get the slobbering cooperation of the press at gunpoint that Choomy gets for free every day. To question Obutthead would be to admit that all the core beliefs of Liberalism are failures. He is the end product of the affirmative action, great society, liberal, wet dream.

DeweyWins on March 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Nah…Putin’s approval numbers are way up after Crimea.

workingclass artist on March 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM

…politburo!

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I have a sneaky suspicion that Jazz has Sharyl’s pic on the desktop. Can’t hide that kinda crush with this article.

Renee on March 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

She seems like she wants to be an honest journalist, but also a liberal, and is struggling to reconcile the two.

Flange on March 22, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Cognitive dissonance is a biach.

MaxSplinters on March 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Jay Carneybarker’s wife is on abc – so gee whiz – no collusion there.

I can’t even imagine the “stories” that are spun around the dinner table.

tru2tx on March 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

DeweyWins on March 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Well, let’s not get all warm and fuzzy over Russia’s press.

But the thing is, our media does it willingly.

BigWyo on March 22, 2014 at 9:43 AM

BigWyo on March 22, 2014 at 9:43 AM

…which is pretty much what you just said….

Jesus…I need some coffee beer

BigWyo on March 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Colorado reporter admits that he submitted his Obamacare question to the White House Press staff prior to the March 10th Press Briefing.

And Press Secretary Jay Carney still couldn’t answer it!

Oops, He Did It Again – Pete Poses Tough Obamacare Question to Jay Carney

Alternative headline: Tea Party blogger infiltrates WH Press briefing, speaks truth to power.

PunditPete on March 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

That Phoenix reported was probably threatened with exile to the Gulag…and recanted her story basically labeling herself unprofessional & stupid.

Sad really…Sad

workingclass artist on March 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I’d quit before I became a mouthpiece for anybody. I know that’s easy to say but it’s the kind of irresponsible person I am.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Sharyl Attkisson: Yeah, there’s probably coordination between the media and politicians

She had an epiphany! Uh huh.

It was pretty obvious to me that the media was controlled by Leftards when I was a teenager. No way she didn’t know and was in fact actually a part of it.

I think she’s just trying to carve out her own niche-radio, talks, books, etc. There is money to be made in the anti-tard media world-Rush, Glen, Hannity, Jones, et al have done very well for themselves.

Amazing how rich folks can get telling us the truths that we already know.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM

BigWyo on March 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

It’s 12:00 PM somewhere BigWyo…..

DeweyWins on March 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

That reporterette, in Phoenix, sure learned a lesson about dealing with information the White House wants to remain hidden. Talk about a Mea Culpa, she prostrated herself and swore her report just wasn’t true. I’d would love to have been a fly on the wall when all hell rained down on her.

bflat879 on March 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

“Coordination” between the Fourth Estate
vnvet on March 22, 2014 at 9:13 AM

I’ve always wondered….what are the first 3 estates? DC has some weird terminology.

8 weight on March 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I’ve always wondered….what are the first 3 estates? DC has some weird terminology.

8 weight on March 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

via Wiki…

In current use the term is applied to the press,[2] with the earliest use in this sense described by Thomas Carlyle in his book On Heroes and Hero Worship: “Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.”[3]

In Burke’s 1787 coining he would have been making reference to the traditional three estates of Parliament: The Lords Spiritual, the Lords Temporal and the Commons.[4]

Oscar Wilde wrote:

In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.[11]

Personally, I’d consider most of today’s “fourth estate” to be a “Fifth Column”.

Solaratov on March 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Anyone watching the 2008 campaign knew that was when the stake was finally driven into journalism’s heart in order to put it out of its misery. It had been in hospice from at least the Clinton years but steadily got weaker and weaker.

We now have the old Soviet style Pravda spoon feeding us with their propaganda and the more enlightened among us either don’t listen to them anymore or do so with a jaded eye. Here’s hoping they all go out of business. Oh, and I really do wish our tax dollars would quit going to NPR and PBS in order for the left to promote their liberal ideology.

iamsaved on March 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.[

Perfect description of our media.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I’ll probably be accused of some form of sexism for this, but… you go, girl.

that’s actually probably more racist than sexist

nonpartisan on March 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Translation: Payoffs, bribes, favors being given to certain journalists.
albill on March 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Certain journalists…”? The 99% of journalists who play the game give the 1% who can’t be bought a bad name. To hell with “speaking truth to power” – Journalists today believe their job is to speak power’s version of the truth.

Ray Van Dune on March 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

She better be watching her back…

d1carter on March 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Jay Carneybarker’s wife is on abc – so gee whiz – no collusion there.

tru2tx on March 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The spouses of Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd are Democratic operatives.

There are many in media management whose spouses/siblings are officials in the Obama administration or the Democratic Party.

bw222 on March 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Little bit of Clairol #1 and some highlights and she’s FoxNews-ready.

HopeHeFails on March 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Yeah well, Im not feeling particularly judgy about that. Its not as if conservative media dont provide similar services to Republican politicians. The rising star Marco Rubio was able to lie his way through a primary, his daily words on immigration contradicting a record that was so unusual for a conservative, that it must have been known and none of “our” media outlets – including HotAir – called him out.

Valkyriepundit on March 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Jesus…I need some coffee beer

BigWyo on March 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Beer, it’s not just for breakfast anymore!

climbnjump on March 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Ed – don’t let Jazz or allahpundit write posts about this subject and subjects like it.

It’s like letting your house friend use your Mercedes as a urinal……..it’s a waste. They’re not interested in exposing the damaging truth here – they just want to write the most “tacitly approving” snarky headline – that does nothing but what The Left wants: Makes a Joke of It that They Now Dismiss….

Let MKH write about this and things like it.

williamg on March 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I asked her on Twitter if she voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. She didn’t answer that question.

Dack Thrombosis on March 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Yeah, there’s probably coordination between the mafia and politicians.
RICO should apply to the media as well as the mob.

kcewa on March 22, 2014 at 8:46 AM

RICO should apply to the government itself, at any level. What Barry has done to the IRS through Lois Lerner should be investigated and prosecuted using RICO.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Ed – don’t let Jazz or allahpundit write posts about this subject and subjects like it.

It’s like letting your house friend use your Mercedes as a urinal……..it’s a waste. They’re not interested in exposing the damaging truth here – they just want to write the most “tacitly approving” snarky headline – that does nothing but what The Left wants: Makes a Joke of It that They Now Dismiss….

Let MKH write about this and things like it.

williamg on March 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Geez Louise williamg it seemed like a pretty straight up post. Not sure how one gets to a “Mercedes urinal” and not exposing the “damaging truth”claims.

HatfieldMcCoy on March 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

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

Jazz, she worked at CBS for something like 20 years. Not exactly short.

Also, she’s one of the Jenny McCarthy anti vaccine quacks. Good riddance.

themuppet on March 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I’ll probably be accused of some form of sexism for this, but… you go, girl.

that’s actually probably more racist than sexist

nonpartisan on March 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Reminded you of black people, did it?

Axe on March 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I’ll probably be accused of some form of sexism for this, but… you go, girl.

that’s actually probably more racist than sexist

nonpartisan on March 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I am going to assume you are making a joke, because if not then you clearly are a racist. And if that’s the case, then I would guess you don’t even understand why.

goflyers on March 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Many do not realize press meetings with Obama are scripted. The questions are edited and numbered to correspond with the reporter and the portal monitor so Obama can read the answers. If the reporter changes his question, which has happened, the answer by Obama is bogus. Reporters that break the rules are excused from future meetings and to keep their job they behave.

mixplix on March 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Man she’s hot.

John the Libertarian on March 22, 2014 at 1:39 PM

PBS is advertising that they aren’t a part of a “huge government bureaucracy’. Yeah right.

crankyoldlady on March 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

What the media-in-obama’s-azz cover up.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2014 at 3:17 PM