Sharyl Attkisson Shows The First Amendment Is Useless Under Big Government

The day I read Tad Cronn had a favorite reporter at CBS I should have known her time would be short. Politico.com reports:

The White House won’t be shedding any tears.

CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, known for her critical reporting on the Obama administration, resigned on Monday, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations stemming from her dissatisfaction with the network, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO.

And the story goes on from there. Politico.com provides a great deal of fodder to make conservatives really mad at the liberal media.

I think that is mostly a diversion.

Yes, CBS News is liberal, but Attkisson had already managed to win the respect and support of her peers. And yes, we heard a lot of noise accusing Attkisson about being “agenda-driven,” but was that really the source of the pressure on her?

Just to remind everyone about the “agenda-driven” nonsense, Attkisson was never questioned when she published stories that hurt the Republicans. There is no evidence at all that she was or is an ideological conservative of some stripe.

But whatever the case, the liberal bias at CBS News or other media outlets should not be our real concern. We already know about liberal bias.

The real point here is not that “the White House won’t be shedding any tears.” The White House had a victory celebration for a job well done.

This was a case of our political masters exerting enough pressure to get a journalist to resign.

Remember, at a time when the NSA is revealed to be doing all sorts of crimes and the Justice Department has hacked emails of a journalist, Attkisson’s computer was hacked. Illegal (or “extra-legal” perhaps) things were done to her and there was nothing she could do about it.

And we have no idea how much pressure CBS was under from a regime that we know does not hesitate to illegally harass and intimidate anyone they want to.

Attkisson was isolated and marginalized by Big Government.

You may say I don’t have absolute proof. There’s no Lois Lerner to plead the fifth here. No IRS emails.

Fine, but isn’t that the problem? The First Amendment imagines a government that can be kept from interfering with the press. But when the government has vast and hidden power in regulatory and revenue and law enforcement agencies, the populace will often have no idea of how strings are being pulled.

Did liberals cooperate with the attack on Attkisson only because they are liberals, or also because they are afraid?