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Dan Rather loses it (Free Republic Mentioned)
Canada Free Press ^ | November 5, 2004 | Arthur Weinreb

Posted on 11/05/2004 6:50:38 AM PST by AmericanMade1776

Dan Rather, the CBS anchor who is well past his sell-by date, was verging on losing it in the early morning hours of November 3. Ed Bradley had carried out a mathematical calculation that showed that George W. Bush needed only to obtain 15 per cent of Ohio’s absentee and provisional ballots to win the state and the presidency. A visibly upset Rather then came out with one of his famous Danisms--just because a chicken has wings, doesn’t mean it can fly.

In a poignant comment, Bradley defended himself by saying that he wasn’t making the math up--the figures came from Republicans in Ohio. This is what the mainstream media has degenerated into--a journalist forced to admit that he’s reporting something and not making it up.

The Dan just couldn’t bring himself to consider the possibility that George W. Bush could win Ohio and a second term. And when Rather next called upon Bradley, he introduced him as “Ed Bradley who is not a mathematics professor”. Bradley then piped up that he did in fact teach math at one point in his life.

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Luckily for those who look to the media for truth and objectivity, technology is making the mainstream networks less and less relevant. In looking at the media during the election campaign, the most significant event was the role that websites and blogs played in ferreting out the truth. When Rather introduced the forged document concerning George W. Bush’s National Guard service, it seemed like only moments before Free Republic and other blogs were posting information that the document could not have been produced on a 1970s era typewriter. That one post will likely mark a turning point in the history of the media and how important stories are covered.
1 posted on 11/05/2004 6:50:38 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
teetotaly moteetaly

2 posted on 11/05/2004 6:52:41 AM PST by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: AmericanMade1776
When I read this exchange, I got the impression that this was the closest Dan Rather had come to an on-air bitch-slapping since GHWB gave him the works about walking off the set...
3 posted on 11/05/2004 6:52:53 AM PST by atomicpossum (They pelted us with rocks and garbage.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Actually chickens do fly... just not very far and very graceful...


4 posted on 11/05/2004 6:52:59 AM PST by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Dan Rather, the CBS anchor who is well past his sell-by date

Gotta love that opening ...! :)

5 posted on 11/05/2004 6:53:51 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: trashcanbred

Dan should tell this little chick he can not fly.


6 posted on 11/05/2004 6:53:59 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: AmericanMade1776

Dan will never get it. We turned to CBS arond 10:00 pm Pacific, because I wanted to watch his meltdown for a minute or two. This was after Fox News had finally called Florida, and it was looking like Ohio was going for Bush. Dan was indeed melting down, and discussing how Kerry could still win. It was really rather pitiful. I laughed at him for a minute or two, then went to bed, happy.


7 posted on 11/05/2004 6:54:44 AM PST by .38sw
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To: trashcanbred

Dan is a city-boy who wouldn't know that. Anyone who's seen a picture of a rooster on top of a coop ought to be able to figure it out, though.


8 posted on 11/05/2004 6:55:02 AM PST by Mamzelle (Nov 3--Psalm One...Blessed is the man...!)
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To: trashcanbred

One of the many great American traditions under attack by the looney left is the annual chicken flynig contest at the county fair.


9 posted on 11/05/2004 6:55:12 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: AmericanMade1776

When anchormen start arguing about math, it's Jenny lock the door and hold down the dog because we have to give him some medicine he's not going to like.


10 posted on 11/05/2004 6:55:20 AM PST by SlowBoat407 ("Don't bother giving me liberty: I'll take it for myself, thanks.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

LOL! Saw that too.....he's so past, he stinks to high heaven! Rather rancid, I'd say!


11 posted on 11/05/2004 6:55:32 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: AmericanMade1776

Rather is only now realizing that he and his ilk are sinking into the tar pit.


12 posted on 11/05/2004 6:55:48 AM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: AmericanMade1776
"That one post will likely mark a turning point in the history of the media and how important stories are covered."

This sounds like a hearty endorsement!

13 posted on 11/05/2004 6:55:48 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: AmericanMade1776
just because a chicken has wings, doesn’t mean it can fly.

Just because a news anchor can talk, doesn't mean he will make sense.

Just because a news anchor shows up for work, doesn't mean anyone will watch him.

Just because Dan is full of it, doesn't mean he knows $hit.

14 posted on 11/05/2004 6:56:30 AM PST by N. Theknow ("We will take your money and use it for the common good.")
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To: AmericanMade1776
When I was young I thought mass media was the truth.
It was better then (the 60's and 70's)
but it must've been dirty already to have turned out like it has.

Sadly, nothing's truly been exposed!
Nothing's changed!
School children today are told by their teachers
mass media is the truth.

15 posted on 11/05/2004 6:56:55 AM PST by Taiwan Bocks (Thanks to Swifties, never enough thanks to Swifties.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Great little story on Rather. Simply Great.

I think that Rather and Cronkite should retire to the
same university so they can do their lives' passion with
out criticism.

( indoctrinate the youth of America with their own
"Style of Journalistic Values" )

They might even be able to take walks with
Noam Chomsky
16 posted on 11/05/2004 6:56:58 AM PST by the_gospel_of_thomas (Know your Enemy and Know yourself)
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To: AmericanMade1776
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?"
17 posted on 11/05/2004 6:57:50 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Mamzelle
Danisms--just because a chicken has wings, doesn’t mean it can fly.

Ohhhhhhh yeah Dan, and just because a talking head like you has a news tv program does not mean he is telling the truth.

18 posted on 11/05/2004 6:57:58 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: trashcanbred

Funny thing about rather and his ratherisms...

He wants to appear folksy...

Just like GWB!


19 posted on 11/05/2004 6:59:26 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: AmericanMade1776

I am curious about all of the military absentee ballots. Have they all been counted yet?

I assume that if those votes have not been counted yet that when they do the total numbers for G.W. will increase.


20 posted on 11/05/2004 7:00:39 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: .38sw
I tuned over because the only thing I wanted to hear out of Dan Rather was, "George W. Bush has won reelection". I Couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Here is the dean of TV news babbling like an idiot.

What's worse, he was reading it off a script. I guess there is no real meaning to, "If a frog had pockets he'd carry a side arm".

21 posted on 11/05/2004 7:02:03 AM PST by oyez (¡Qué viva la revolución de Reagan!)
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To: IM2MAD
I got a folksy saying for Dan Rather

Free Republic is "going to be all over you like a chicken on a June bug" until you retire to oblivion.

22 posted on 11/05/2004 7:02:06 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: AmericanMade1776
How can Dan Rather lose it?

He never "had" it.

23 posted on 11/05/2004 7:02:51 AM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: AmericanMade1776; Buckhead

>>That one post will likely mark a turning point in the history of the media and how important stories are covered.


Thank you Buckhead!!!

(and those of us who want to be him)


24 posted on 11/05/2004 7:03:13 AM PST by netmilsmom (Zell on DEM Christianity, "They can hum the tune, but can't sing the song.")
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To: netmilsmom; Buckhead

The Buckhead Legacy lives on!


25 posted on 11/05/2004 7:05:05 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: AmericanMade1776

A chicken CAN fly, especially when fired out of a cannon. And I predict Rather will soon be fired, too. Maybe not out of a cannon.


26 posted on 11/05/2004 7:05:13 AM PST by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong...)
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To: Taiwan Bocks

Yeah, it was corrupt then, but perhaps not so blatantly biassed (although their attacks on Nixon probably rose to that level). I think a big part of the Bush hating is payback for Clinton's impeachment, so hold on!


27 posted on 11/05/2004 7:05:13 AM PST by expatpat
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To: .38sw
Dan was discussing how Kerry could still win.

Same here - I turned to my wife and said "when they're explaining how their candidate could still possibly win, it means they've lost".

28 posted on 11/05/2004 7:05:33 AM PST by lemura
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To: beezdotcom

Although that might be fun to see...Dan Rather being fired out of a cannon.


29 posted on 11/05/2004 7:05:53 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: AmericanMade1776

BTTT


30 posted on 11/05/2004 7:06:07 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: AmericanMade1776
"The Dan just couldn’t bring himself to consider the possibility that George W. Bush could win Ohio and a second term. And when Rather next called upon Bradley, he introduced him as “Ed Bradley who is not a mathematics professor”. Bradley then piped up that he did in fact teach math at one point in his life."

lmao -I can't stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!

31 posted on 11/05/2004 7:06:15 AM PST by DBeers
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To: AmericanMade1776

I'm still dumbfounded that CBS would put this hack on TV election night after he did his best to influence this election in a criminal manner. It's a travesty. (Does anyone know if his forgery is being investigated?)


32 posted on 11/05/2004 7:07:23 AM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: AmericanMade1776

We have many good friends north of the border in Canada. We should really be aware that there are large numbers of Conservative folk up there who appreciate what we do here. Eh?


33 posted on 11/05/2004 7:07:53 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Sun goes up, pants go up. Sun goes down, pants go down.)
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To: oyez
I Couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Here is the dean of TV news babbling like an idiot.

I was amused and repelled at the same time. Dan truly IS waaaaay past his "sell by" date.

34 posted on 11/05/2004 7:08:49 AM PST by .38sw
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To: AmericanMade1776

Pop goes the Rather

35 posted on 11/05/2004 7:09:18 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: lemura

My hubby was actually kind of ticked off that I changed the channel, but it made for instructive viewing to see Dan Blather, er, blathering. Schadenfreude.


36 posted on 11/05/2004 7:11:14 AM PST by .38sw
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To: AmericanMade1776

I don't want to see Blather retire. He's become a parody of himself, and his broadcasts now have the journalistic integrity of the Weekly World News. If he leaves, CBS will only replace him with some one just as much liberal bias, and we'll have to start the whole process of discrediting them from scratch....


37 posted on 11/05/2004 7:11:15 AM PST by skikvt
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To: AmericanMade1776
FR is going to beat Dano-saur like a rented mule in the Kenucky Derby!!

Pray for W and Our Troops

38 posted on 11/05/2004 7:12:11 AM PST by bray (Nam Vets Rock!!)
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To: Taiwan Bocks
When I was young I thought mass media was the truth.
It was better then (the 60's and 70's)
but it must've been dirty already to have turned out like it has.

No, it wasn't any better at all. We just didn't have any way to know how bad it was.

Cronkite's coverage of the Tet Offensive is a prime example of just how bad it really was. Military success in the field was viewed as a horrendous defeat at home primarily based on his reporting of it.

39 posted on 11/05/2004 7:12:26 AM PST by Bob
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To: .38sw
"Dan will never get it. We turned to CBS around 10:00 pm Pacific, because I wanted to watch his meltdown for a minute or two."

I did the same thing. It was pitiful. He kept creating scenarios where Kerry won, each more improbable than the last. Meanwhile anyone with basic math skills and a cursory knowledge of Ohio politics had figured out it was over. (Barone on Fox was terrific).

It was sad and terrible to see such irrelevant but blatant bias.
40 posted on 11/05/2004 7:14:43 AM PST by don'tbedenied
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To: AmericanMade1776

Considering that CBS learned NOTHING from their various efforts to promote false documents and were even intentionally holding the ammo dump story for Sunday before election to limit examination. (Ironically some of the "material" may turn out to be toilet cleaners)

Rather is living in a little bubble out of touch with ANY reality other than his own meglomania.


41 posted on 11/05/2004 7:15:58 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! NOV 2, 2004 is VETERANS DAY! VOTE!)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Danno will be busier than a cat burying a turd on a marble floor trying to salvage whats left of his pathetic career.
42 posted on 11/05/2004 7:16:42 AM PST by add925 ("One World Government" - Just Put on a 4 Year Hold - Go GWB!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

We also have a lot of Good friends in England too, who are still having to fight their battles with slanted journalism that has it's own agenda. I wish both England and Canada much luck in dealing with their destructive media.


43 posted on 11/05/2004 7:16:51 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: AmericanMade1776
And when Rather next called upon Bradley, he introduced him as “Ed Bradley who is not a mathematics professor”. Bradley then piped up that he did in fact teach math at one point in his life.

Theater of the absurd.

44 posted on 11/05/2004 7:17:22 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Now this would be classic. Does anyone have an old elementary school math book that can be sent to Dan compliments of FreeRepublic? Or, can someone deliver one to the studio and get pictures. It would be a nice FReep.


45 posted on 11/05/2004 7:20:03 AM PST by doug from upland (Michael Moore = a culinary Pinocchio ---- tell a lie, gain a pound.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Dan and the out-of-the-mainstream media couldn't bring themselves to call the election for Dubya. I think they got the Buckwheats.


46 posted on 11/05/2004 7:20:46 AM PST by You Dirty Rats (31 Red States - All Your Senate Are Belong To Us!!)
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To: bray
FR is going to beat Dano-saur like a rented mule in the Kenucky Derby!!

Pic of Rented Mule

47 posted on 11/05/2004 7:20:52 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: AmericanMade1776
Dano-saur's been busier than a one-armed man hanging wallpaper!!

Pray for W and Our Troops

48 posted on 11/05/2004 7:26:15 AM PST by bray (Nam Vets Rock!!)
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To: bray
"We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us." Al Sharpton , July 29,2004, DNC in Boston


49 posted on 11/05/2004 7:27:01 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( ((the VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN...4 more years !)))
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To: All

Can anyone find that post by Buckhead? I have tried, but alas, I am computer challenged.


50 posted on 11/05/2004 7:27:05 AM PST by CAluvdubya (From the RED part of California)
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