Sharyl Attkisson: I Was Called ‘Troublemaker’ for Looking into Benghazi

Sharyl Attkisson was an investigative reporter for CBS News before resigning last month over reported issues with management quashing her investigative pieces on a number of Obama administration scandals. Attkisson joined Bill O’Reilly Thursday night to tell him exactly what happened behind the scenes, explaining that Fast & Furious, for example, was not pursued because there was a “lack of interest” at CBS. She told O’Reilly, “They just decided on their own that the story was done.”

On Benghazi, Attkisson said she “pursued that aggressively” because it was a story she believed was worth pursuing, but again, “interest was largely lost.”

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She explained that she was officially told “there’s no time in the broadcast, they really really like the story” but in unofficial channels people called her a “troublemaker” for digging up dirt on these issues.

Attkisson said there is a “fear over original investigative reporting” that she blamed on the special-interest influence on mainstream media outlets, especially on Obamacare. On that issue in particular, Attkisson was dismayed that the issues of transparency, security, and a lack of concrete figures from the White house “was not considered a big enough story.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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