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Sharyl Attkisson: Media Matters ‘clearly targeted me’; were they paid to?

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attkissonFormer CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday she was targeted by Media Matters, and that the George Soros-affiliated group may have been paid to do so.

Attkisson left CBS after becoming frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias.

The “Reliable Sources” host noted that the Emmy Award-winning reporter had been “treated harshly by some on the left” who have said she was “presenting a conservative bias.”

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“I do think, again, that’s a campaign by those who really want to controversial-ize the reporting I do so that you won’t listen to it,” Attkisson responded.

“So you think that’s what Media Matters is doing?” he asked. “Media Matters has been campaigning against you and saying you’ve been inaccurate in your reporting.”

“Media Matters, by my understanding, is a far-left blog group that I think holds itself out to be sort of an independent media watchdog group.” Attkisson said. “And, yes, they clearly targeted me at some point.”

“When I persisted with Fast & Furious and some of the green energy stories that I was doing, I clearly at some point became a target,” she added. “I don’t know if someone paid them to do it or they just took it on their own.”

Stelter asked if it was possible that someone paid them.

“Well, they get contributions… that’s what some of these groups do, absolutely,” she replied.

Tom Tillison


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