Attkisson did note that judging by the media's past actions in handling their wrongdoings and admission and an apology seem unlikely.
In an op-ed for The Hill this week, Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and former CBS reporter who went "rogue" Sharyl Attkisson, called out her fellow media members for their reckless and partisan reporting on the "Trump-Russia collusion" acusations. She also called on members of the intelligence community to apologize to all the people and entities they've damaged by letting themselves be politically "weaponized."
"We in the media allowed unproven charges and false accusations to dominate the news landscape for more than two years, in a way that was wildly unbalanced and disproportionate to the evidence," she stresses. "We did a poor job of tracking down leaks of false information. We failed to reasonably weigh the motives of anonymous sources and those claiming to have secret, special evidence of Trump’s 'treason.'"
The result was a stunning amount of false information, as Attkisson documents in a piece listing over 70 major reporting errors related to Trump accusations. Even when media outlets made mistakes, she adds, they often doubled down by citing technicalities and quickly returning to larger, unfounded accusations against Trump.
"So, a round of apologies seem in order," she states, first and foremost: "Apologies to Trump on behalf of those in the U.S. intelligence community, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, which allowed the weaponization of sensitive, intrusive intelligence tools against innocent citizens such as Carter Page, an adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign." (Read Attkisson's op-ed here.)