◼ Sharyl Attkisson expanded on her reasoning behind leaving CBS, and admitted what many have suspected about reporters collaborating with politicians on what to report: - IJ Review
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.She continued to speak about how she was cursed out by a White House spokesperson about her reporting, and the other journalists acted as if this was a “family squabble” that shouldn’t be aired out in public. Even though she said it happened under all administrations, both of her examples were under Democrat presidents – Obama and Clinton.
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.”