A disturbing bit of news from The Weekly Standard. Apparently, they have been unable to get CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson for an interview following her assertion on the Laura Ingraham show that “the White House yelled and swore at her over her reporting on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal tied to the deaths of two U.S. law enforcement agents.”
Today, I called CBS News in an attempt to interview Attkisson. I was told by CBS News senior vice president of communications Sonya McNair that Attkisson would be unavailable for interviews all week. When I asked why Attkisson would be unavailable, McNair would not say.
I’ve also heard from a producer at another media outlet that has previously booked Attkisson that they tried to book her since she made news with the Laura Ingraham interview yesterday. They were also told that she would be unavailable.
After our initial conversation earlier today, I called McNair back and left a message with her office. I also sent McNair an email asking whether Attkisson’s unavailability has anything to do with reporting that the White House and Justice Department were angry at her. I further asked McNair if the White House or Justice Department contacted CBS News about Attkisson since yesterday. McNair has not responded to my inquiries.
Attkisson is the number one reporter on the Fast and Furious scandal. She has been the focus of blogger admiration for her work on this. Without her effort, it’s debatable if it would have come to the forefront like it is today.
For CBS not to be pushing her out the door to every media outlet that wants to talk to her is amazing. They have the lead on this. Why aren’t they capitalizing on it?
One reason could be pressure from the White House. Another could be in house liberal bias.
Another could be that Attkisson went too far in her statements.
Why do you think they are not letting her give interviews?