CBS's Sharyl Attkisson is apparently viewed by network executives as "wading dangerously close to advocacy"
in her coverage of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S.
consulate in Benghazi, as Politico's Dylan Byers asserted in a Wednesday item. Byers reported that "Attkisson can't get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized."
Attkisson's minute-long report about the House Oversight Committee's latest hearing on the attack on Wednesday's CBS This Morning was actually the first time since November 23, 2012 that the journalist reported about the story on air, according a search on Nexis.
this gap of over five months, the CBS investigative journalist did
appear on her network's morning and evening newscasts, but she was
assigned to cover other stories. Attkisson filed reports on the congressional investigation into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; border security; the confirmation hearings for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; the safety problems with Boeing 787 batteries; the controversial proposal to allow knives back on airliners; and the budget sequestration and its effects.
However, the correspondent was also assigned to report on miscellaneous lower profile issues, including the high price of American-made kitchen furnishings; privacy concerns with smartphone apps; federal regulation of passenger buses; and a lawsuit against several overseas banks by the victims of terrorist attacks.
Attkisson's reporting on Benghazi for CBSNews.com has been sporadic at times as well. Since her last on-air report in November 2012, Attkisson filed three items for her network's website during the reminder of the year, with the last dated December 11. Two months would lapse before she would post her next online report on the terrorist attack on February 12. But this story was a one-off, as another three weeks would go by before Attkisson would file her next report on CBSNews.com.
The correspondent posted reports on the continuing investigation into the attacks on March 5 and March 11, 2013, but this was followed by another month-plus gap. Attkisson would go on to post six reports on CBS News' website between April 17 and May 6.
During the five-plus months between Attkisson's on-air reports on Benghazi, conservative blogs, such as Twitchy.com, have picked up on the CBS's journalist's reporting on the issue on her Twitter account. Perhaps this attention is part of the reason that the network executives at the liberal media outlet see her as "wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue."
The full transcript of Sharyl Attkisson's report on Wednesday's CBS This Morning: