CPI Director Hits Back at ABC: ‘I Don’t Take Well to Being Bullied’

The Center for Public Integrity and ABC News are currently at war over credit for a Pulitzer Prize the former got for in-depth reporting on the denial of medical benefits to black lung patients. CPI director Bill Buzenberg appeared on HuffPost Live Wednesday and continued hammering ABC for engaging in what he described as journalistic bullying.

Buzenberg insisted the credit for the real legwork all goes to Chris Hamby (who just jumped ship to BuzzFeed), and pointed out there are other awards that CPI shared credit with ABC News on. However, he said, “There would be no ABC News television if it weren’t for the work of Chris Hamby.”

Buzenberg took the high road, praising the journalists at ABC for their “great work,” but admitted he’s not a big fan of being threatened by ABC News to share in the credit. He said, “I don’t take well to being bullied by anybody or being threatened by anybody. We just stuck to the facts, everything we put out is just factual.”

He revealed that the only reason ABC News journalists were given bylines in the investigative pieces is because CPI wanted to be “nice guys,” even though all the text was churned out by Hamby.

Watch the video below, via HuffPost Live:

[h/t TPM]
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