Since her departure from CBS News in 2014, Sharyl Attkisson has been everywhere. Including Fox News’s Sunday show “MediaBuzz.” Including a publication funded by the Heritage Foundation. Including a book titled “Stonewalled” that takes to task the Obama administration for information-stinginess. Including various interviews with media outlets interested in her allegations that she was hacked by the government following her reporting on the “Fast and Furious” gun-interdiction program and Benghazi.
Now this: Sinclair Broadcast Group is announcing that Attkisson will host a national Sunday morning program providing “a blend of investigative and political journalism, with a focus on accountability.” “We are excited to have Sharyl on board as we launch this group-wide news program,” Sinclair Vice President of News Scott Livingston said in a release. “Our goal is to provide the context and perspective on major issues impacting our viewers. Sharyl has a proven track record of exposing the truth behind stories that other news organizations shy away from.”
Sinclair, based in suburban Baltimore, “owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 162 television stations in 79 markets,” according to its Web site. Prior to hiring Attkisson to this post, it had used her work on a freelance basis. Based in Washington, the program will debut this fall and will be carried on the company’s ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates. (Those affiliates include Washington’s ABC station, WJLA).
“Americans are thirsty for reporting that holds powers-that-be accountable, whether they’re politicians, corporations or other special interests,” said Attkisson in her canned statement. She also claims to be “excited” about the opportunity.
Statements from Sinclair and Attkisson omitted the soon-to-be host’s central drama of recent years: That is, her claims dating back to mid-2013 that her computers were hacked as she pursued hard-edged stories about the Obama administration. As the Erik Wemple Blog reported, a report by the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general was unable to “substantiate the allegations that Attkisson’s computers were subject to remote intrusion by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise,” read the report. — though Attkisson states that the IG didn’t examine the CBS News computer that her employer confirmed had been hacked.