Sharyl Attkisson: 'The Media Waits for the Administration to Dictate the Agenda and Coverage'

Sharyl Attkisson: 'The Media Waits for the Administration to Dictate the Agenda and Coverage'

Sunday on the Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” Sharyl Attkisson blasted the mainstream media for being President Barack Obama’s lap dogs.

While discussing the media’s lack of coverage of the growing threat of ISIS, Attkisson said, “Here’s my cynical viewpoint. It would have been on the front page had the administration wanted it to be on the front page,”  and “The media waits for the administration to dictate the agenda and coverage.”

Attkisson explained, “A complicated set of reasons but it has to do with easier, laziness, support for the administration, support in general for the powers that be. Wanting to toe the line, but I guarantee you that if there had been headlines or the administration wanted concerns about terrorism to be on the front burner, quite the opposite happened and I see this whole question about ISIS as another point in the continuum that the administration apparently wanted to down play concerns about terrorism by and large.”

The former CBS News investigative reporter gave an example saying, “Two years ago I was being told by military and intelligence officials some of the same things President Obama just said in the ’60 Minutes’ interview, about how terrorists were using social media to exploit the vulnerabilities where these Arab Spring uprisings had happened and so on. I proposed a story at CBS that would look at the regionally impact of what was going on rather than the country-by-country crisis, to look at the big picture, because my sources were saying that these things were connected. The CBS managers were not interested. I firmly believe had the White House put that on the front burner and suggested a story like that, or let us, I think we would run it.”

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