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DOJ: We Didn’t Investigate Sharyl Attkisson’s Computers

CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said on a radio program yesterday that her computers had been “compromised,” and speculated that it may be related to the investigation the Department of Justice conducted on Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

“I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and methodical about this matter,” Attkisson said.

However, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, the DOJ says it has not sought any information related to Ms. Attkisson.

“To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never ‘compromised’ Ms. Atkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use,” Dean Boyd, a Justice Dept. spokesperson, told POLITICO on Tuesday night.

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CBS’ Attkisson: ‘There Hasn’t Been an Appetite for the Stories I’ve Offered on Benghazi’

CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the more aggressive reporters covering the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last September. But the veteran CBS News reporter feels the story’s she’s pitched lately are getting picked up on the TV network. Attkisson tells CBN‘s David Brody, “I’ve received a lot of encouragement from the top executives… Jeff Fager, who is our CEO and David Rhodes who is our president who have certainly never said anything to try and interfere with the coverage. They’ve complimented a lot of my work and strongly supported it. On the other hand … there hasn’t been an appetite for the stories that I’ve offered on Benghazi so I’ve published a lot online because there’s unlimited content space and I’ve done a lot of my reporting there.”

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TV News To Cover (And Possibly Be Part Of) Benghazi Hearing

This morning starting at 11:30, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on what exactly happened during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four people, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Fox News and CNN are planning live coverage of the hearings, with CNN bringing in Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer and Arwa Damon to join the coverage. Fox News will have Bret Baier, Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel, chief Washington correspondent James Rosen and Fox News contributor and Amb. John Bolton contributing.

Interestingly enough, it is quite likely that the Sunday public affairs shows will be part of the story. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice appeared on the network Sunday shows and argued that the attack was spontaneous and not premeditated. That now appears not to be the case, and some State Department officials say they knew that all along.

Elsewhere, The Washington Post profiles CBS News correspondent Sharyl Atkisson as “a persistent voice of media skepticism on Benghazi.”
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The Ticker: Syria, Atkisson, Valentine’s Polka on ABC

  • CNN, which has been covering the deteriorating situation in Syria more than either of its cable news competitors, according to TVEyes, is planning a primetime special on Saturday on the matter. “Homs: A City Under Siege,” will run on CNN from 10:30-11PM, and will be narrated by CNN correspondent Nic Robertson, who has spent a lot of time in the country this year.
  • CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Atkisson did not attend a controversial award ceremony held by conservative media watchdog group Accuracy in Media at CPAC. CBS News DC bureau chief Chris Isham accepted the award instead, saying that Atkisson was on assignment.
  • On “ABC World News Now” this morning, a Valentine’s Day Polka: 

CBS Report Cited During Auto Hearings

During yesterday’s congressional hearings into the proposed auto bailout, a Thursday CBS Evening News story into the lobbying activities of American car makers was cited by Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican.

There was a report on CBS News last night that you gentlemen have spent roughly — somewhere north of $50 million on lobbying feeds for the first nine months of this year. Clearly you have people that you can afford to represent you in Washington, D.c.. A small business can’t.

CBS’s Sharyl Atkisson reports the auto CEOs did not have an answer to that.

CBS News Eyes Late Election Night, No Matter What

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CBS News and Sports president Sean McManu (standing) and Evening News EP Rick Kaplan (seated, third from right) in the control room.

After a stop at ABC News’ Times Square studios, we made our way uptown to West 57th Street and CBS News HQ. Katie Couric, anchoring general election campaign coverage for the first time, was joined on the set by Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Sharyl Atkisson and Byron Pitts.

Couric’s Evening News EP, Rick Kaplan was the quarterback of tonight’s coverage. Also in the control room: CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus, SVP Paul Friedman and (no pressure) CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. For a control room on an election night, it was remarkably quiet and calm. But then, it was early.

Back in the newsroom, political analysts Dee Dee Myers and Dan Bartlett appeared from a remote camera on one side of the newsroom (video below), while Armen Keteyian was on the other side reporting on any voting irregularities.

It will be a long night for Couric & Co. They will be staying for the Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com beginning at 2amET.

After the jump, the decision desk, and see who else we spotted in the control room…

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