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These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED

Notes: Sharyl Attkisson is an American author and host of the weekly Sunday public affairs program Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, which airs on television stations operated by the right leaning Sinclair Broadcast GroupShe was formerly an investigative correspondent in the Washington bureau for CBS News. She resigned from CBS News on March 10, 2014, after 21 years with the network. Her book Stonewalled reached number 3 on The New York Times e-book non-fiction best seller list in November 2014 and number 5 on The New York Times combined print and e-book non-fiction best-seller list the same week.

In review, on her website bio Sharyl Attkisson purports to “give you information others don’t want you to have.” She does this by claiming to dig deeper in issues through in-depth investigative reporting. Most often the stories she covers favors the right. Sharyl Attkisson uses minimal loaded words in her headlines and articles and usually sources to credible information. While most of the information presented is factual there are some cases where she promotes conspiracy theories and pseudoscience. For example, in 2004 the American Council on Science and Health criticized Attkisson for linking autism to vaccines in what they called a “journalistic atrocity based on a litany of unsupported claims, and the obvious reliance on anecdotal evidence over sound science.” In 2011, Science Based Medicine published an article entitled “Anti-vaccine propaganda from Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News.” Sharyl Attkisson has also had issues with her former employer CBS for overly promoting the “Benghazi” conspiracy.

Overall, we rate as right biased based on story selection that mostly favors the right and mixed for factual reporting due to promotion of pseudoscience and some conspiracy theories. (D. Van Zandt 2/16/2018)


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