After ex-CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson bashed her former employer during an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend, the network responded to her claims that they were less inclined to air stories that could upset some political or corporate interests.
“CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air. Those standards are applied without fear or favor,” CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair told the Washington Post on Monday.
Since she resigned in March, Attkisson has criticized CBS and media outlets in general. During an April interview on Fox News’ “Media Buzz” she said that “the press in general seems to be very shy about challenging the administration.”
Attkisson indicated that CBS buckled under pressure from the White House to refrain from airing certain stories.
And during the CNN interview on Sunday, Attkisson said that CBS killed a “story that looked at a corporate interest.”
She also suggested that Media Matters for America might have been paid to target her after she started working on stories critical of the Obama administration.