CBS News on Monday responded to its former employee Sharyl Attkisson’s claims that the network indirectly discouraged her from doing investigative reporting critical of the Obama administration. Attkisson reported extensively on Benghazi and the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal.
The ex-CBS reporter later revealed that she didn’t run into the same roadblocks while reporting on issues that hurt former President George W. Bush. She blamed a lot of the bias problems on special and corporate interests.
In response to Attkisson’s public comments, CBS News issued a statement to TVNewser:
“CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air. Those standards are applied without fear or favor.”
The spokesperson did not address Attkisson’s allegations specifically.
In a Sunday interview with Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources,” Attkisson said it appeared that politics sometimes kept some of her stories from making it on the air.
“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,” she said. “But they do often seem to feel defensive about, almost, personally defensive on stories that could make the government look bad.”
You can watch that interview here.