Sharyl Attkisson vs. CBS: Reporter first tried to quit a year ago
CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson announced this week that she is leaving the network, the culmination of a series of clashes between the investigative reporter and her bosses.
But people familiar with the situation say that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.
CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager talked her out of leaving last March, promising that some of the issues she had raised would be addressed.
Based on these assurances, Attkisson returned to work full time and dropped efforts to terminate her contract.
But the differences proved irreconcilable in an atmosphere that has also drawn complaints from some other reporters and producers. While Fager, a veteran newsman who is also executive producer of “60 Minutes,” commands considerable respect in the news division, there is concern among some of the rank and file about the difficulty of getting management to approve tough stories.
It was against this backdrop that Attkisson recently submitted her resignation again, and this time the network agreed to let her out of her contract early.
The departure underscores the gulf that developed between the CBS brass who will protect President Obama at all costs and the reporter who has doggedly pursued a variety of stories, including such Obama administration debacles as Benghazi and the botched Fast and Furious investigation into gun-running.