David Shuster Slams Former Employer: Some FNCers "Would Cut Corners
Or Steal Information...[Or] Just Make Things Up"
MSNBC correspondent David Shuster says his critical reporting about
the Bush administration wouldn't have been welcome at his former employer, the
Fox News Channel.
In an interview with The
Hoosier Times, Shuster recounted his six-year tenure at FNC:
"At the time I started at Fox, I thought, this is a great news organization
to let me be very aggressive with a sitting president of the United States (Bill
Clinton)," Shuster said. "I started having issues when others in the
organization would take my carefully scripted and nuanced reporting and pull
out bits and pieces to support their agenda on their shows."
"With the change of administration in Washington, I wanted to
do the same kind of reporting, holding the (Bush) administration accountable,
and that was not something that Fox was interested in doing."
He continued: "Editorially, I had issues with story selection. But the
bigger issue was that there wasn't a tradition or track record of honoring journalistic
integrity. I found some reporters at Fox would cut corners or steal
information from other sources or in some cases, just make things up. Management
would either look the other way or just wouldn't care to take a closer look.
I had serious issues with that."