Attkisson on Lighter Stories: 'Not Sure That’s Serving the Public in the Best Way’
Part two of Howard Kurtz’s interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson aired this weekend on “Media Buzz.”
Attkisson addressed the lingering mystery of who hacked her computers while she was at CBS. She said there should be more information at the end of the year.
She said that “it’s fair to say that numerous independent analysts have confirmed […] the unauthorized intrusions by sophisticated entities” of both her work and home computers.
Kurtz asked Attkisson about the state of investigative reporting and whether it’s easier for networks to pursue lighter pieces than to do the hard digging.
“If you don’t have the stomach as a manager to support and defend investigative and original reporting, it’s just a lot of trouble for you, it’s nothing more than that,” she said. Attkisson said that lighter stories are rewarded more and don’t draw negative feedback.
“It’s just an easy way to cover the news,” she said. “I’m just not sure that’s news and I’m not sure that’s serving the public in the best way.”
Watch part two of Attkisson’s interview above. Check out part 1 of the interview here.
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