Sharyl Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  Chris Stigall talked to former CBS News Reporter Sharyl Attkisson this morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the trouble reporters have to deal with while covering politicians and the government, as well as the current state of investigative reporting.

“Nobody was interested in the stories. It didn’t seem to matter what the topic was. There’s sort of a problem all over, I talk to my colleagues in different mediums. There’s just a lot of pressure. Investigative reporting gets a lot of backlash. They don’t quite know how to deal with it. Why not just put on stories that don’t draw that kind of response?”

— Sharyl Attkisson

Responding to comments regarding a Phoenix television reporter yesterday who initially claimed that the White House pre-screens questions from reporters, Attkisson said, “I wouldn’t surprised if sometimes there is that level of cooperation with some questions. If I need something answered from the White House and they won’t tell me, I’ll call our White House Correspondent. They’re friendlier with the White House Correspondents in general. So the White House Correspondent may ask Jay Carney or one of his folks about an issue and they will be told ‘ask that at the briefing and we’ll answer it.’ They want to answer it in front of everybody. They do know it’s coming and they’ll call on you. There’s that kind of coordination sometimes. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s sometimes more coordination. I don’t think it’s everybody on every briefing, every day. I’m pretty sure it’s not. But I think people would be surprised at the level of cooperation reporters have in general with politicians.”

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UPDATE: Phoenix Journalist admits Bad Reporting in Claiming White House Press Censorship


 NY Daily News  Leslie Larson reports: A local reporter not ready for the big leagues is backtracking from claims the White House prescreens media questions.


Catherine Anaya, from Phoenix’s KPHO-TV, says she was mistaken for saying members of the White House Press Corps submit questions to press secretary Jay Carney before the daily televised press briefing.

[See Rehearsal: White House Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing –]

She shared her “off the cuff and unscripted” observation Wednesday night during a segment on the CBS affiliate about her day at the White House. Anaya was one of six local reporters invited to discuss the minimum wage and Obamacare with the President for a four minute interview. Read the rest of this entry »