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CBS News Denies Conflict of Interest over Exec’s Familial Ties to White House

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has made the media rounds claiming that network management was not exactly happy she was covering stories critical of the Obama administration. When new Benghazi information was made public this week, CBS News covered the new details (with a disclosure that Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration official at the center of the controversy, is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes). However, some conservative sites still claimed a serious conflict of interest, with the Heritage Network blog and the Washington Free Beacon picked up on the familial connection.

Well, the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reached out to CBS for comment, and the network vehemently denied their coverage has been influenced in any way by that connection.

“White House Correspondent Bill Plante reported the story on ‘CBS This Morning,’ with a disclaimer about the relationship, as well as CBS News Radio and CBSNews.com,” a CBS News spokeswoman told HuffPost. “There also was a thorough editorial discussion about it at ‘CBS Evening News’ and David Rhodes was not involved.”

The Benghazi story was not, it should be noted, covered on the CBS Evening News last night, leading to some of the conservative outcry.

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