CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson resigned Monday after months of ill-concealed unhappiness with the network. It was the denouement of a drama that’s been played out among The Reporters Who Cover Television for some time, with Attkisson as the heroine. But while conservatives cast her as the gutsy reporter who stood up to her network’s liberal bias and its deep-sixing of her work on Benghazi and other Obama administration evasions and departs after acrimonious contract talks fell apart, liberals cast her as the mainstream investigative journalist who fell down the agenda-driven reporting rabbit hole. Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich CC’d her network when she retweeted Attkisson’s “I have resigned from CBS,” while New York magazine headlined, “The Right’s Favorite Mainstream Benghazi Reporter Resigns From CBS.” Yeah, it went like that pretty much all day.
In her official statement, Attkisson said it has been “one of life’s great privileges to work at CBS News and I’m sincerely grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had.” CBS News, meanwhile, went with a very noncommittal “CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”
Attkisson was in the news last summer when CBS News confirmed her work computer had been hacked over a period of time. The reporter, who said her personal computer also has been hacked, told a radio station she was working with investigators to find the culprit and, when asked if she thought the hacking of her computer might be related to the DOJ tracking of the Associated Press and Fox New reporter James Rosen, responded, “I think there could be some relationship between those types of things and what happened to me.” CBS issued a statement saying, “To be clear, the federal government has not been accused in the intrusion of Attkisson’s computer” and that “CBS News is continuing to work to identify the responsible party.”
Attkisson is at work on a book, Stonewalled: One Reporters Fight For Truth In Obama’s Washington, that some say perfectly describes her frustration with CBS News. The book is not being published by CBS Corp’s Simon & Schuster but by NewsCorp’s HarperCollins — which others say perfectly illustrates Attkisson’s political agenda.