Sources close to Attkisson told Politico she felt stymied by CBS’ liberal leanings and hesitance to give her investigative work the proper air-time. “It’s no secret that Sharyl has been unhappy about CBS’s lack of interest in investigative reporting, especially when it comes to stories about the Obama administration,” one claimed.
Media analyst Andrew Tyndall noted that since 2007, Attkisson’s work has been used less and less on CBS, dropping off precipitously after 2009 — President Obama’s first year in office. “She was obviously being sidelined,” Tyndall told the Washington Post.
Attkisson’s reporting on the Department of Justice’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking operation in 2012 revealed the botched operation to the public, prompting Congress to conduct a slew of investigations and hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
Last May, the investigative reporter alleged her computers had been hacked by unknown persons — an account later confirmed by CBS. Attkisson speculated the hack was related to her reporting on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, telling Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly last June she thought she knew who was responsible. But neither she nor CBS have provided further information on the breach since last summer.