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CBS boss’ brother is top Obama official, reporter may get dumped over Benghazi

The one person in the mainstream media who has distinguished herself for her dogged pursuit of the Benghazi story from the start and recognized it for what it was — a massive coverup — is in danger of losing her job with CBS News. The brother of the president of CBS News happens to be a top Obama official whose DNA is all over the change in the White House Benghazi “talking points.”

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Sharyl Atkinson on Nov 27: “We still don’t know who changed talking points.” Her boss’s brother maybe? Photo credit dcclothesline.com
Multi-award winning CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Atkinson recognized from the beginning that the Benghazi talking points were a fiction promoted by the White House to advance a coverup of what had really happened. These were used by U.S. Amb. Susan Rice on her infamous tour of five talk shows on the Sunday after the Sept. 11 attack to promote the idea that the event was a demonstration that had gotten out of hand.

As early as Nov. 27, Atkinson tweeted, “We still don’t know who changed talking points but have had at least 4 diff explanations so far,” according to The Daily Caller.

On Jan 22, after four months of being stonewalled by the Obama administration and CBS’s refusal to air her reports, she took to Twitter and unleashed a series of tweets voicing her concerns, what she’d uncovered and questions that the Obama administration had yet to answer despite repeated requests to do so.

On Friday, ABC News disclosed that the Benghazi talking points had been scrubbed free of all mention of “terrorist attack” or “al-Qaida” by a series of at least 12 revisions in order to make it appear as though the incident was the result of a demonstration.

“That reporting [by ABC] revealed that President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes — brother of CBS News president David Rhodes — was instrumental in changing the talking points in September 2012,” wrote The DC’s Patrick Howley.

The Daily Caller report continued:

“My main job, which has always been my job, is to be the person who represents the president’s view on these issues,” [Ben] Rhodes said in March.

David Rhodes has been the president of CBS News since February 2011.

Atkinson, meanwhile, is reportedly in negotiations to leave CBS News before the expiration of her contract. The liberal Media Matters speculated that if and when she does leave, Fox News may be a good fit.

The Washington Post noted this week that “Conservatives see [Atkinson as] a crusader and truth-teller. Tim Graham of the conservative Media Research Center calls Attkisson ‘an outlier’ among TV reporters — a hard-nosed investigator of ‘how our public officials behave and misbehave.’”

Given a description like that, I would have to agree with Media Matters. Atkinson should run — not walk — to Fox News.

Sean Hannity offered his own description of Atkinson on his radio show this week.

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