Sharyl Attkisson left CBS News believing her stories were inappropriately shot down by her bosses, but she told Fox News that she primarily blames the Obama administration for pressuring the media.
Attkisson explained that the White House would call or send emails, asking CBS to retract or change certain stories that the president didn’t like:
“There have always been tensions, there have always been calls from the White House — under any administration, I assume — when they don’t like a particular story,” she admitted. “But it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration, and I think it’s a campaign that’s very well organized and designed to have sort of a chilling effect.”
In the end, she said it worked. Her bosses weren’t eager to deal with the “headache” of hearing from Washington again, so they ran fewer controversial stories and more that fit with Obama’s agenda. In addition, they didn’t fight for her stories because they didn’t want conflict with the White House.