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Lisa Myers Agrees With Sharyl Attkisson: Media Less Eager to Hold Obama Admin Accountable

lisa myers_304x200In an NPR interview earlier this week, former NBC News senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers seemed to agree with former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the media hasn’t covered the Obama administration aggressively enough.

“Overall, the mainstream media has been less eager to hold this administration accountable than the Bush administration,” Myers, who left NBC in January after 33 years, said.

On the issue of investigative reporting on the evening news, she added,  “You have to be able to lay out the facts to make the case, and that requires time. And time was an increasingly precious commodity on a network television broadcast. That’s just a reality.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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The Ticker: ‘Nightline,’ Attkisson, Brooks

  • Q2 2014 produced a first-ever total viewers quarter victory for ABC’s “Nightline” in its 12:35amET time period. The news program averaged 1.693 total viewers, beating its NBC and CBS late night competition by 298,000 and 111,000 viewers, respectively.

  • TVSpy reports former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has joined Sinclair Broadcasting as an independent freelance investigative reporter. Attkisson’s contributions will be seen on the 145 TV stations Sinclair owns or operates.

  • New York Times columnist and frequent TV news guest David Brooks tells Katie Couric he doesn’t read reader comments. “I used to read them, but it was just too psychologically damaging,” Brooks told Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

How the Evening Newscasts Reported the New Benghazi Emails

ABCBenghazi“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was the only evening newscast last night to not cover newly uncovered emails from White House adviser Ben Rhodes, which provided talking points to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before her Sunday show interviews several days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in Sept., 2012.

Rhodes’ email to Rice advised her to stress that the Benghazi attacks were rooted in a controversial YouTube video, “and not a broader failure of policy.”

CBS did cover the emails 10 hours earlier on “CBS This Morning.” White House Correspondent Bill Plante also mentioned that Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes. A CBS News spokesperson also says Plante reported the news on CBS News Radio and CBSNews.com, adding, “There also was a thorough editorial discussion about it at ‘CBS Evening News’ and David Rhodes was not involved.”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who got into a heated exchange with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the emails, reported a 2-minute story for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” while “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” produced a :30 voice-over story on the emails.

CBS Evening News has been criticized for not aggressively covering the Benghazi story. Last May, now former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, said “there hasn’t been an appetite” for the stories she offered on Benghazi. CBS launched an internal review after Lara Logan‘s discredited Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last October. Logan remains off the show.

The new Rhodes emails first hit the Web on Monday published by JudicialWatch.org. The story started getting traction on Fox News on Tuesday and on CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday.

Sharyl Attkisson: ‘Unstoppable’ Forces Halted CBS Reporting; Network Responds

AttkissonStelterIn her most recent TV interview, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson claims politics kept her stories from airing.

“The tendency on the part of some of these managers who have key influences has been they never mind the stories that seem to … go against the grain of the Republican Party,” Attkisson told “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter yesterday. “But they do often seem to feel defensive about, almost, personally defensive on stories that could make the government look bad.”

She pointed to now former-”CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin as one of a number of producers who took issue with her stories that were more critical of the Obama administration; she also cited “heavy-handed editing” practices overseen by producers and managers, including Shevlin.

“It’s hard to say it’s all at the guidance of her, but she is executive producer of the show,” Attkisson added.

“CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air,” CBS News spokesperson Sonya McNair tells TVNewser in response to Attkisson’s claims. “Those standards are applied without fear or favor.”

Attkisson’s “Reliable Sources” interview comes a week after she appeared on FNC’s media affairs show “Media Buzz.” Attkisson is writing a book about her CBS News experience, scheduled for release in November.

All the Media News, That’s Fit To Air

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While the three evening newscasts and the network morning shows often look the same — with the same lineup of stories, often airing at the same time — the two media criticism shows, provide two distinct options for news junkies: those who are partial to Fox News and those who tune in to CNN.

Both shows, CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter” and FNC’s “MediaBuzz with Howard Kurtz,” air at the same time, 11amET Sundays. (“MediaBuzz” also gets a re-air at 5pmET)

Yesterday, “Reliable Sources” led with the Stephen Colbert taking over CBS’s “Late Show.” “MediaBuzz” led with how the media covered the departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Kurtz got to Colbert :47 minutes into his show. “Reliable Sources” didn’t cover Sebelius at all.

On CNN, Stelter had a 10-minute segment, which included an interview with Sen. Al Franken, on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Kurtz didn’t cover last week’s merger news, but had two segments with former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who was also on Bill O’Reilly‘s show earlier in the week.

Stelter reported last week’s news of a new ABC News president, Kurtz did not. Kurtz discussed the coverage of Jeb Bush last week, Stelter did not. Both shows gladly covered competitor MSNBC, and the reports that host Al Sharpton was once an FBI informant.

While no one will ever confuse CNN and Fox News, the two programs that cover the media are leading the way in differentiation.

Sharyl Attkisson Says She Had to Stop Pursuing Stories ‘Due to Lack of Interest’

In an interview on Bill O’Reilly‘s Fox News show Thursday, former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said she was forced to abandon some of the stories she reported on — like the attacks at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, the “Fast and Furious” scandal and Obamacare — “due to lack of interest.”

“I don’t think on the viewer’s part, but on the people that decide what stories go into the broadcast and what there’s room for, they felt fairly early on that this story was over, when I felt as though we had barely begun to scratch the surface,” Attkisson said. “They didn’t ask me what was left to report, they just decided on their own that the story was done.” Watch:


Sharyl Attkisson Not Surprised by Cooperation Between Reporters and White House

SHARYL-ATTKISSON-DOJ-facebookFresh off her departure from CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson chimed in on the story of local CBS affiliate anchor Catherine Anaya who’s come under fire for saying that White House correspondents submit their questions to the press secretary before briefings. Anaya has since retracted the reporting and apologized for it.

Still, Attkisson, a veteran of the Washington beat tells Philadelphia radio station WPHT, “I wouldn’t be surprised if sometimes there is that sort of level of cooperation with some questions that want to be asked.” Attkisson says when she couldn’t get answers from the White House, she’d redirect her questions to CBS’ White House correspondent, who would then ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Carney, she says, whould instruct the correspondent to ask the question at the White House briefing.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination,” she continued. “It’s almost as if we’re all in the same type of club, and we’re supposed to protect each other a little bit,” Attkisson continued, citing an example from a few years ago, when she got blowback for publicly sharing that a White House official screamed at her when she inquired about the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.

Attkisson also opened up about her resignation.

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Inside Sharyl Attkisson’s Steep Decline in Airtime

SHARYL-ATTKISSON-DOJ-facebookNews of Sharyl Attkisson‘s resignation this afternoon from CBS News suggested the veteran correspondent no longer felt her work was supported.

Supported or not, she definitely got less airtime over the last few years.

According to Andrew Tyndall‘s Tyndall Report, which measures the amount of airtime correspondents receive, Attkisson’s airtime on “CBS Evening News” dramatically decreased in recent years.

From 2007-2009, Attkisson was among the top 20 network correspondents, drawing between 145 and 160 minutes each year. In 2010, she fell out of the top 20 with 149 minutes. By 2011 she fell to #60 with 71 minutes and in 2012 she was ranked #100, with 36 minutes. Last year she improved in minutes, with 54, still ranked #100.

Tyndall tells TVNewser Attkisson’s declining presence on “CBS Evening News” is due to the changing nature of news beats.

“There are a few key beats that receive frequent assignments: White House, Capitol Hill, Justice, Pentagon, and every four years, the assignment to the campaign of a major Presidential contender,” Tyndall told us. “The major factor accounting for the drop-off in Attkisson’s minutes was her replacement as Congressional correspondent.” Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes followed Attkisson as Congressional correspondents when she moved over to the investigative beat.

He also points out that many of her assignments looked critically at the Obama administration. Read more

Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS

SharylAttkissonCBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has resigned after more than two decades at the network.

“CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors,” CBS News spokesperson Sonya McNair said in a statement provided to TVNewser. “We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

Attkisson, a Washington-based investigative correspondent, called her time at CBS News “one of life’s great privileges” and said she is “grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had.”

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports the departure is the result of several months of “hard-fought” contract negotiations:

Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.

At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.

CBS News announced last year that Attkisson’s computer had been accessed by an “unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012.” At the time, Attkisson said she was “outraged” about the “very serious and disturbing matter.”

CBS, PBS and HBO Lead News And Documentary Emmy Winners

emmy-statue-slice-01The 34th News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center. “Frontline” EP David Fanning accepted a lifetime achievement Emmy, with presenters including Ted Koppel, Sharyl Attkisson, Candy Crowley, Katty Kay, David Muir and Alex Wagner.

CBS News was the night’s big winner, taking home 12 Emmy statues, more than CNN, ABC and NBC combined. PBS took home nine Emmys, HBO took home six, CNN took home three, Nat Geo and NBC News took home two, while ABC News, AXS, BBC News, History Channel, Discovery Channel, the NY Times and Science Channel all took home one.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” took home six of the 12 Emmys, honoring stories about the Bin Laden raid and violence in Syria. The “CBS Evening News” secured three Emmy statues, with “CBS Sunday Morning” drawing three Emmys, and “CBS This Morning” one.

Seven of PBS’ Emmys were for “Frontline,”not counting the lifetime achievement award, with the others for “American Experience” and “Nature.” All of HBO’s Emmys were for its long-form documentaries.

CNN won for its 2012 election coverage, Nick Walsh‘s reporting from the Middle East and an “AC360″ special on kids and race. NBC News won for its election coverage and its Syria coverage, while the sole ABC News Emmy went to “Nightline.”

All the winners can be seen here. You can also see the laudatory spin from the winning networks, after the jump.
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