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    by JOHN NOLTE 9 May 2013, 12:27

    There has been a lot written about a Politico piece that ran Wednesday in the wake of a Washington Post profile of CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. The Post profile was mostly positive, painting the picture of an intrepid reporter willing to take on the story of a terrorist attack in Libya in the face of enormous pushback from the Obama White House. The Politico piece, however, was nothing more than unsubstantiated gossip meant only to tarnish Attkisson.

    The Post profile was a well-deserved and long overdue acknowledgement.

    Although thePost didn't say so, Attkisson has also shown bravery in her willingness to step up where her colleagues either refuse or are too scared to go. Libya is a legitimate story about a White House coverup. But for purely partisan reasons, the media won't touch it for fear it will damage Obama and/or Hillary Clinton.

    In other words, Attkisson is showing a rare willingness to stray from the media's Narrative Plantation. But when you do this, there is always a price to pay, which likely explains the Politico piece.

    The real story in the Politico piece is not only that Attkisson is apparently unable to get her reports about Libya on the air at CBS, but that there is obviously a campaign within CBS to destroy the Emmy winners' public reputation.

    Here is what CBS sources told Politico's Dylan Byers. I have emphasized the most relevant portion:

    CBS News … has grown increasingly frustrated with Attkisson's Benghazi campaign.CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue, network sources have told POLITICO. Attkisson can't get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized.

    Byers uses the term "sources," which means that more than one person at CBS is attempting to use the digital pages of Politico to smear Attkisson -- not only as difficult to work with, but as someone with an integrity issue when it comes to investigative journalism.

    The unsubstantiated claim that Attkisson is "wading dangerously close to advocacy" is a very serious charge to make against an investigative reporter. But where is the proof? Where are the examples? Did Byers ask, or was he just happy to be the instrument that poured the poison into the reputation of a respected journalist who dared step off the Narrative Plantation?

    What is being done to Attkisson here, unfortunately, is not at all surprising. Over the past few months I've witnessed the media engage in a form of blackballing directed at anyone who dares step off this zealously guarded Narrative Plantation.

    Just last week, even though he has made a number of high-profile errors recently, the error that almost did Howard Kurtz's career in was the one aimed at Jason Collins, the NBA player who just came out as gay. Collins was in the middle of his celebrated reign as the media's Politically Correct Hero of the Week when Kurtz clumsily tried to drop a little rain on the parade.
    Error after error after error, but it was this one that stops Kurtz's world?

    That is no coincidence.

    Earlier in the year it was no less than Watergate legend Bob Woodward who got the blackball treatment after he stepped all over the Narrative the media and the White House were conspiring together on to blame the GOP for the sequester. Woodward dared to remind the world that months ago he had reported that the sequester was Obama's idea and that Obama was now attempting to move the goalposts on tax increases.

    Woodward then reported that the White House had attempted to intimidate him over his reporting.

    Granted, Woodward might have been guilty of playing up the "intimidation," but the punishment from his media colleagues surely didn’t fit the crime.

    Afterwards, and for days, almost the entire media-complex howled in this legend's face with ridicule and even went so far as to question the integrity of stories he had written decades ago. Those who weren't howling were just as complicit in their cowardly silence.

    Just as Kurtz's real crime wasn't his latest error, Woodward's real crime wasn't his exaggeration. Both men were found guilty of bucking The Left-wing Narrative, and for that their careers and legacies were pummeled into near extinction.

    In the case of Attkisson, the media can't even point to a sin, so they just namelessly spew unsubstantiated gossip around her that Politico (a Narrative Plantation Overseer) is more than happy to spread.

    And since Attkisson's reporting on Libya has been impeccable, we all know what Attkisson is really guilty of: daring to dig into a legitimate story with a legion of unanswered questions whose answers might derail the media's 2016 plan to crown Hillary Clinton the First Woman President.

    This kind of public retaliation against the likes of a Sharyl Attkisson also has the added benefit of sending a message to the rest of the media: "Stay in line or this will happen to you."

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    Top Obama official’s brother is president of CBS News, may drop reporter over Benghazi coverage


    The brother of a top Obama administration official is also the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters for covering the administration’s scandals too aggressively.

    CBS News executives have reportedly expressed frustration with their own reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, who has steadily covered the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya since late last year.

    “Network sources” told Politico Wednesday that CBS executives feel Attkisson’s Benghazi coverage is bordering on advocacy, and Attkisson “can’t get some of her stories on the air.”

    Attkisson, who is in talks to leave the network before her contract expires, has been attempting to figure out who changed the Benghazi talking points for more than five months.

    “We still don’t know who changed talking points but have had at least 4 diff explanations so far,” Attkisson tweeted on November 27, 2012.

    But on Friday, ABC News reported that the Benghazi talking points went through 12 revisions before they were used on the public. The White House was intimately involved in that process, ABC reported, and the talking points were scrubbed free of their original references to a terror attack.

    That reporting revealed that President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes — brother of CBS News president David Rhodes — was instrumental in changing the talking points in September 2012.

    ABC’s reporting revealed that Ben Rhodes, who has a masters in fiction from NYU, called a meeting to discuss the talking points at the White House on September 15, 2012.

    “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation,” Rhodes wrote to his colleagues in the Obama administration. “We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.”

    Ben Rhodes, a 35-year old New York City native and former Giuliani staffer who has worked for Obama since the president’s tenure in the U.S. Senate, has established himself as a hawkish force on the Obama foreign policy team, advocating for military intervention in Libya during the president’s first term and reportedly advocating for intervention in Syria, as well.

    But despite his hawkish views, Rhodes identifies himself first and foremost as a strategist and mouthpiece for the president’s agenda.

    “My main job, which has always been my job, is to be the person who represents the president’s view on these issues,” Rhodes said in March.

    David Rhodes has been the president of CBS News since February 2011.

    Neither the White House nor CBS News responded to requests for comment for this report.

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    I have been amazed that a journalist as good as Sharyl Attikisson worked at CBS. at all.
    It sounds as though this administration has some serious inbreeding with the network media..JMO

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    Richard Grenell: Both ABC and CBS presidents have SIBLINGS that work for Obama at the White House

    Posted by The Right Scoop on May 11th, 2013

    Richard Grenell, Foreign Policy expert and media critic, reveals that both ABC and CBS presidents have siblings that work for Obama at the White House on his National Security Council, and he believes that the lack of coverage on the Benghazi hearings this week can be directly attributed to that:

    So really it comes as no shock to find out, as the
    Daily Caller reported, that CBS executives are upset with Sharyl Attkisson over her coverage of the Benghazi scandal, because their president’s brother is complicit in the scandal because he works for Obama on the NSC.

    This is worse than bias. This is blood bias.

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