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The death of the watchdog media

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Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday became the latest media figure to expose the rot underneath the facade of "speaking truth to power" that so many media organizations like to present.

Speaking on CNN's "Reliable Sources," Attkisson detailed how her bosses in New York seemed to lose interest in stories that hit too hard at powerful interests within the Obama administration and certain corporations.

"It's fairly well discussed inside CBS News that there are some managers recently who have been so ideologically entrenched that there is a feeling and discussion that some of them, certainly not all of them, have a difficult time viewing a story that may reflect negatively upon government or the administration as a story of value," she told host Brian Stelter.

Attkisson noted that CBS News President David Rhodes "was very much in tune with — he told me at least — the types of stories that I do, the types of journalism he thought we should be doing, and I would say we had a meeting of the minds on that that didn't translate to the broadcasts."

Rhodes, perhaps not coincidentally, is the brother of White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, a key figure in the administration's messaging on foreign policy. One of the things which soured Attkisson's relationship with CBS before her resignation was her dogged pursuit of information on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

But it's not just a shared ideology that has turned media watchdogs into lapdogs since President Obama took office. The administration has been relentless in going after reporters who seek information it doesn't want made public. New York Times reporter James Risen, who's taking his fight to keep from having to reveal his sources all the way to the Supreme Court, said in March that the administration is "the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation."

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