Dan Rather Begs For Obama To Save The Mainstream News Media

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Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather has spoken out and pleaded with Barack Obama to do something soon to bail out the “news media” before she goes tango uniform and “democracy” as we know it in this country is lost forever. What a laugh huh?

Yes this would be the same Dan Rather who in 2004 tried to use forged documents regarding George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard in a blatant, biased and partisan attempt as a so called journalist to derail Bush’s bid for a second presidential term.

The “Rathergate” affair involved Dan Rather narrating a pre-election September 8 CBS “60 Minutes” story, based on forged documents, charging that President Bush not only used connections to join the Texas Air National Guard to avoid service in the Vietnam War, but didn’t fulfill the terms of his Guard service. When questions surfaced about the authenticity of the documents, CBS stonewalled, covered-up, and eventually apologized. An “Independent Review Panel” was formed to investigate. Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press president Louis Boccardi were in charge of the probe. Now, three months later, the findings have been issued and four mid-level employees have been fired. They are Senior Vice President Betsy West, “60 Minutes Wednesday” Executive Producer Josh Howard, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy, and producer [Mary] Mapes.

The report reveals on page 130 that Mapes, one of those fired because of the scandal, had documented information in her possession before the controversial September 8 broadcast that George W. Bush, while in the Texas Air National Guard, “did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots.” This information is critical because Dan Rather, in the broadcast, insinuated that Bush was among the “many well-connected young men [who tried to] pull strings and avoid service in Vietnam.” AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid explained the significance of the panel’s revelation: “Mapes, who was very close to Rather and enjoyed his confidence, had the evidence exonerating Bush of this malicious charge.

The report shows that there were multiple credible sources to prove that Bush did not try to avoid Vietnam by going into the National Guard and that he was in fact willing to go to Vietnam as a pilot. However, CBS News deliberately kept this information from its viewers and conveyed an opposite impression because Rather, Mapes & Company were trying to depict Bush as a coward who, as Commander-in-Chief, was sending American soldiers to their deaths in Iraq.” The report reveals that Rather assured CBS News President Andrew Heyward that he, Rather, had not “been involved in this much checking on a story since Watergate,” and that it was “very big.” The report says that Rather assured Heyward that the story was “thoroughly vetted” or documented and verified. Kincaid explained, “Rather saw this as a Watergate-style story that could damage the Bush campaign and sink the President’s chances for re-election, as Americans were fighting and dying in Iraq. He seemed to be making a virtual guarantee that the story would be a smoking gun that would usher John Kerry into the White House.

Source: Accuracy In Media

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Tuesday night (July 28) Rather was giving a tearful speech at the Aspen Institute saying he would like to see a “commission on public media” established by the White House in order to come up with ways to save the jobs of any journalists who have not already joined O’s administration and create new “business models” to “help keep news organizations alive.”

How’s this for a business model Rather. Fox News.

– FNC’s audience expanded in all categories during July 2009, besting CNN and MSNBC combined in viewership (for both Total Day and Prime) according to Nielsen Media Research.

– In the key 25-54 demographic, FNC posted the largest gains among all cable news networks in both Total Day and Prime Time increasing an extraordinary 48% and 70% respectively when compared to July 2008.

– Among basic cable networks, FNC ranked third for the month in prime time viewership behind only USA Network and TNT, with CNN and MSNBC lagging behind at 15th and 26th, respectively, while continuing to battle each other for third place in cable news.

– FNC also secured nine out of the top 10 rated programs in cable news for the month based on total viewership. The O’Reilly Factor marked #1 for 104 consecutive months in July and led all programs with 3,075,000 viewers, ending the month up 37% over July 2008. Hannity was second, up 41%. Other notables include: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (up 60%); Glenn Beck (up 120%); The FOX Report with Shepard Smith (up 36%)

– In the key 25-54 demographic, FNC expanded upon an already dominant lead in Prime Time averaging 530,000 viewers surging 70% compared with CNN’s 377,000 (up 40%) and MSNBC’s 252,000 (flat). In total day, FNC averaged 301,000 (up 48%) compared to CNN’s 231,000 (up 39%) and MSNBC’s 143,000 (down 7%). Meanwhile, CNN’s latest failure in Prime Time, Campbell Brown, finished in fourth place in 25-54 behind FNC, HLN and MSNBC at 8:00pm ET.
– In Prime Time, FNC bested CNN and MSNBC combined with an average of 2,071,000 viewers (up 43%) during July 2009, compared with CNN’s 1,127,000 (up 39%) and MSNBC’s 738,000 (up 24%). In total day, FNC also rated higher than the competition combined with 1,138,000 total viewers (up 36%) compared to CNN’s 723,000 (up 45%) and MSNBC’s 396,000 (up 12%).

All one has to do is look at the statistics Mr. Rather, 40% of the people in this country identify themselves as conservative while only 21% admit to being liberals. The math should be pretty easy to understand even if you don’t like the numbers.

Continually pushing the liberal agenda in a country that is decidedly right-of-center (two reasons Obama won the election, an increase of five million voters at the polls over 2004–virtually all of them minorities and millions of conservatives deciding to stay home rather than vote for another RINO for president, John McCain) is a recipe for failure for the print media now that the internet has become the medium of choice as a source for news, behind television-specifically Fox News, especially for the younger folks.

While it pains the media elites to admit to the 800 pound gorilla in the middle of the room the fact of the matter is, like every other business out there, “news” outlets must compete and provide a product people are willing to consume. Refuse to provide what people want and they will simply seek out another avenue to satisfy their needs.

Some of the points Rather tried to make in his impassioned plea would make anyone who’s watched this clown over the years literally bust out laughing.

“A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy and freedom,” Rather said in an interview yesterday afternoon. “This is not something just for journalists to be concerned about, and the loss of jobs and the loss of newspapers, and the diminution of the American press’ traditional role of being the watchdog on power. This is something every citizen should be concerned about.”

Absorb that nonsense for a minute. We don’t have an independent press in this country and haven’t for decades and the reason is simple. Generally speaking journalists need a college degree to get a job. Universities in this country are hotbeds of anti Americanism, anti conservatism, anti capitalism and far left wing professors who have never worked a day in the real world and wouldn’t know reality if it sat in their lap and called them mama. Huh Henry Louis Gates Jr.?

Once these heavily indoctrinated college graduates land their first job, and forever thereafter, they are under the thumb of an editor who essentially tells them what he/she wants to see in the articles they produce because he/she has been told by the owners of the publication what they want to see. The same thing goes for the crap delivered via the boob tube. Maybe that’s why the Democrat party can depend on journalists for very strong support on the campaign trail. Little wonder why talk radio and the internet happen to be two media venues that are booming right now even in this deliberately induced coma of an economy we are flopping around in.

Does Rather’s silly notion that the press is a watchdog over governmental power even need to be addressed in light of the fact they have been so far in the tank for Obama that the sale of scuba tanks, flippers and face masks are up nearly 1,800% since the beginning of 2008? Sorry, no source for that one. Like the media has done so many times over the years, I just made it up.

“I feel particularly strong about coverage of the wars,” he said, noting that covering the war in Afghanistan is his top priority on his HDNet program. “No apologies, both as a journalist and as a citizen I just can’t stand to leave those guys out there, fighting, dying, bleeding, getting torn up and say, ‘Look, it’s page 14 news.’ Or ‘Sorry, not on tonight’s newscast.’ It’s an example of the problem, that and not having the watchdogs.”

Watchdogs for our military men and women huh Rather?

Just like the New York Times and other media outlets leaking information about tactics and methods being utilized to track down terrorists so as to deliberately undermine the Bush administration, Rather was hoping to give the enemy up to the minute information on our troops’ movements during Operation Desert Storm.

Keeping Soldiers Safe

“Allied military units are on the move. Their positions, movements, and plans must be carefully safeguarded. We must assume that the enemy is confused about what is happening on the battlefield and it is absolutely essential that we not do anything inadvertently ourselves to clarify the picture for him.”

— Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in a press conference at the start of the Gulf War ground operation, February 23, 1991.

“As part of our CBS News live coverage of the beginning of the ground war offensive, we’re talking to Bob McKeown, a CBS News reporter who’s one mile from the Kuwaiti border. Bob, any indication of how far up you the think the Allies are now?”

— Dan Rather, 21 minutes later.

Source: Media Research Center

Let’s look at some more of Rather’s partisan blathering over the years,

George W. Bush Didn’t Really Win

“Good evening. Texas Governor George Bush tonight will assume the mantle and the honor of President-elect. This comes 24 hours after a sharply split and, some say, politically and ideologically motivated U.S. Supreme Court ended Vice President Gore’s contest of the Florida election and, in effect, handed the presidency to Bush.”

— Beginning the December 13, 2000 CBS Evening News.

Bush, Another Herbert Hoover

“The Labor Department reported today that the unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in September. What’s troubling is the number of jobs the economy did and did not create…. It’s the first net job loss on a President’s watch since Herbert Hoover during the Great Depression of the 1930s.”

— Dan Rather, CBS Evening News, October 8, 2004. [Many areas of the country are into double digit unemployment rates and millions have lost their jobs since Obama came into office. What say you Rather?…ed]

Casualties of Bush’s Recession

“What drives American civilians to risk death in Iraq? In this economy, it may be, for some, the only job they can find.”

— Dan Rather teasing a report on the CBS Evening News on the day four American civilians were killed in Fallujah, Iraq, March 31, 2004.

Covering VP Nominations on the ‘Right’

“In the presidential campaign, the official announcement and first photo-op today of Republican George Bush and his running mate Richard Cheney. Democrats were quick to portray the ticket as quote ‘two Texas oilmen’ because Cheney was chief of a big Dallas-based oil supply conglomerate. They also blast Cheney’s voting record in Congress as again, quote, ‘outside the American mainstream’ because of Cheney’s votes against the Equal Rights for Women Amendment, against a woman’s right to choose abortion — against abortion as Cheney prefers to put it — and Cheney’s votes against gun control. Republicans see it all differently, most of them hailing Bush’s choice and Cheney’s experience.”

— Dan Rather, CBS Evening News, July 25, 2000.

Covering VP Nominations on the ‘Left’

“Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore officially introduced his history-making running mate today, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. History-making because Lieberman is of Jewish heritage and faith. The two started running right away. In their first joint appearance they gave a preview of the Gore-Lieberman fight-back, come-back strategy. Their message: They represent the future, not the past, and they are the ticket of high moral standards most in tune with real mainstream America.”

— Dan Rather introducing the Gore-Lieberman ticket, CBS Evening News, August 8, 2000.

No Doubts About Dan’s “Thrust”

“We shall continue to aggressively investigate the story of President Bush’s service in the National Guard and the story of the documents and memos in Colonel Killian’s file….We do feel it’s important to underscore this point: Those who have criticized aspects of our story have never criticized the heart of it, the major thrust of our report, that George Bush received preferential treatment to get into the National Guard, and once accepted, failed to satisfy the requirements of his service. If we uncover any information to the contrary, rest assured we shall report that also.”

— Dan Rather concluding a 60 Minutes interview with Marian Carr Knox, Killian’s secretary, who said she doubted that CBS’s memos were genuine, but nevertheless “the information in those is correct,” September 15, 2004.

Dan’s Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

“Powerful and extremely well-financed forces are concentrating on questions about the documents because they can’t deny the fundamental truth of the story. If you can’t deny the information, then attack and seek to destroy the credibility of the messenger, the bearer of the information. And in this case, it’s change the subject from the truth of the information to the truth of the documents. This is your basic fogging machine, which is set up to cloud the issue, to obscure the truth….Over the long haul, this will be consistent with our history and our traditions and reputation. We took heat during the McCarthy time, during Vietnam, during civil rights, during Watergate. We haven’t always been right, but our record is damn good.”

— Dan Rather, as quoted by the New York Observer’s Joe Hagan, September 15, 2004.

[So in other words the documentation Rather used as a basis for his allegations that Bush tried to weasel out of military service, while proven fake, doesn’t undermine the actual storyline itself which Rather has always and adamantly insisted is true. But the people who question Obama’s phony certificate of live birth posted on the internet and believe he is unqualified to hold the office of president according to our Constitution because he is not and never will be a natural born citizen are crazy, delusional and stupid?….ed]

Continue to read more of this left wing drivel from Rather here>>>

You see Rather and his buddies in the liberal media are afraid. Afraid of losing the power to dictate the politics of this country. Afraid that people are all full up of their lies and manipulations and now have little use for the tainted product they have to offer.

Throwing millions of taxpayer dollars down the rabbit hole won’t save the mainstream media. What will give the industry a chance is going back to the principles espoused by the first dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, Walter Williams, in his Journalist’s Creed.

*I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.

*I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

*I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

*I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

*I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

*I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

*I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.

“If we do nothing more than stand back and hope that innovation alone will solve this crisis, then our best-trained journalists will lose their jobs.”

Sorry Dan, the only crisis we have is the fact that the media didn’t do it’s job and investigate the man sitting in our White House prior to the last election even though we sure as hell know more about Sarah Palin and her family than we ever needed or wanted to.

Maybe it’s high time some of these “best trained” journalists joined the unemployment lines that their lack of effort in looking into Obama’s background over the last couple of years helped create.

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One Response to Dan Rather Begs For Obama To Save The Mainstream News Media

  1. Stephen says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. It hits the issue right on the head and points out this jerk’s bias towards the left. The “News” is supposed to report ALL the facts.

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