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Rather: Public Trust In Media Threatened (Im not an icon. I can be arrogant and conceited.)
Harvard Crimson ^ | Friday, March 10, 2006 | CLAIRE M. GUEHENNO

Posted on 03/13/2006 10:01:12 AM PST by presidio9

Legendary broadcast journalist Dan Rather told a packed John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum last night that Comedy Central host Jon Stewart offers “another dimension to the American experience.”

“I like him. I like the program,” Rather told a smiling Alex S. Jones, his interlocutor for the evening.

After this cheerful beginning, Rather went on to address some of the tougher problems facing the media today, focusing on the market pressures which affect the quality of broadcast news.

“Ratings no longer are king. Demographics are,” Rather said, noting that even shows with high ratings can now be taken off the air for demographic reasons.

The long-time CBS News anchorman, who retired from his post last spring after more than half a century in the press, described the news as a “public trust.” He emphasized the media’s obligation to public service, which he said “has gone badly out of fashion and is in very near danger of disappearing.”

He added, playfully, “In many ways CBS is better than some, but that’s a subject for another time.”

Jones, who is director of the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy, described Rather as an icon and as a man who “speaks his mind.”

“The president sassed him and he sassed him back,” Jones said in his opening remarks.

While Rather denied having “sassed” any president, he agreed that he “tried to stand [his] ground.”

“I’m not an icon,” Rather said. “I can be arrogant and conceited.”

A heated question-and-answer session followed Rather’s comments.

Addressing the media’s influence, Rather said he was both aware of his power and afraid of it.

“As hard as you try it’s impossible not to understand that in some ways you can make a difference,” Rather said, referring to his years as one of the most familiar faces of American news.

One audience member asked Rather about the media’s ability to balance national security interests with the public’s right to know.

Rather said he thought sensitive information should be printed and that the burden ought to be placed on the government to prove why information should not be printed.

Of the recent controversial Danish cartoons, Rather said that while he thinks the Danish newspaper was right to publish them, “it might not have been the right thing for everybody, everywhere.”

“I’ve seen politicians speak and it was clear that Rather was very aware of his audience and he was speaking closely to the questions,” said Patrick A. Schneiter, an Extension School student who attended the talk.

The event was organized by the Institute of Politics (IOP) and co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center.

“I thought Dan Rather was very honest and very responsive to the questions,” said Jeanne Shaheen, the director of the IOP.

Rather was invited to speak by Dotty Lynch, an IOP fellow and political editor at CBS News.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: danrather; fakebutaccurate; wtfk

1 posted on 03/13/2006 10:01:16 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Bugs Bunny: "What a maroon!"


2 posted on 03/13/2006 10:03:14 AM PST by sine_nomine (Every baby is a blessing from God, from the moment of conception.)
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To: presidio9
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3 posted on 03/13/2006 10:05:09 AM PST by digger48
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To: sine_nomine

4 posted on 03/13/2006 10:05:30 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

"Of the recent controversial Danish cartoons, Rather said that while he thinks the Danish newspaper was right to publish them, “it might not have been the right thing for everybody, everywhere.”"

What a remark! LOL! This guy is far too over-rated to get any attention, anywhere!


5 posted on 03/13/2006 10:08:05 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: presidio9
Comedy Central host Jon Stewart offers “another dimension to the American experience

What a bunch of crap. I like watching Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report because they are funny...to take them seriously as real journalism is nuts.

I remember watching Bill Maher's program and guest pundit Timm Robbins said just that, Stewart was one of his sources for news. I just about fell off my seat laughing. Even Jon Stewart doesn't take himself seriously.

Kinda gives you some perspective where these Moonbat Comlibs are coming from.

6 posted on 03/13/2006 10:09:59 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: presidio9
“I’m not an icon,” Rather said. “I can be arrogant and conceited.”

... and biased and demeaning and selfish and opportunistic and self-serving and narrow-minded....

7 posted on 03/13/2006 10:13:05 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: presidio9
Rather said, noting that even shows with high ratings can now be taken off the air for demographic reasons

Maybe so, the network may have decided that they'd rather focus on audiences that prefer to hear the truth.
8 posted on 03/13/2006 10:13:27 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (No animals were harmed during the creation of this post.)
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To: presidio9

David Gregory thinks he "represents" the people when there never was an election.
The MSM think they are the King-makers and are still disappointed they couldn't get Kerry elected. So, now they are trying even harder to destroy this country with their biased "reporting".
What will be left after "they" are through? I somehow think I do not live in the same country as they.


9 posted on 03/13/2006 10:14:20 AM PST by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

According to the Pew Research Center 21% of percent of
Americans aged 18 to 29 cited "The Daily Show" or Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" as their primary news source. Their votes count exactly as much as yours does.


10 posted on 03/13/2006 10:14:27 AM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks


Problem is when Jon Stewart goes on the lecture tour...and regurgitates his junk as real news, which sadly happens.


11 posted on 03/13/2006 10:14:29 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: presidio9
“I can be arrogant and conceited.”

Slight correction, blather. The quote should be "I AM arrogant and conceited."

12 posted on 03/13/2006 10:18:00 AM PST by mombonn (Viva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: digger48

LOL. Great post!!


13 posted on 03/13/2006 10:22:08 AM PST by a_different_conservative
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To: presidio9
"Rather said he thought sensitive information should be printed and that the burden ought to be placed on the government to prove why information should not be printed"

The ravings of a man that thinks the news media should be able to print any sensitive material is more important that the protection of our country and it's citizens.

A man who knowingly (or should have known) presented false documents to uphold an event he believed to be true whether in fact it was. T
14 posted on 03/13/2006 10:24:53 AM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: presidio9

Who the Hell is Dan rather?


15 posted on 03/13/2006 10:25:26 AM PST by lp boonie (Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement)
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To: presidio9


2yr Chart NY Times
16 posted on 03/13/2006 10:25:42 AM PST by sono ("If Congressional brains were cargo, there'd be nothing to unload." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: presidio9
Rather was invited to speak by Dotty Lynch, an IOP fellow and political editor at CBS News.

How cozy.

17 posted on 03/13/2006 10:28:27 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

His last gig was a high school in Cincinnati...


18 posted on 03/13/2006 10:30:27 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: presidio9

The perfect example of media bias that bordered on the insane.


19 posted on 03/13/2006 10:38:05 AM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: sono

It is a sad day, indeed, for the old line MSM when the NYT has to advertise for new subscribers on FOX News Network.

The truly pitiful thing about this article is the number of seeming educated young people who perceive Rather's double speak as the truth! You really must wonder what passes for higher education in this country.


20 posted on 03/13/2006 10:39:07 AM PST by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Rather comes out as a madman bent on the destruction of the President in Sammon's book, Strategery.


21 posted on 03/13/2006 10:39:12 AM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: presidio9

Now this is a hard-hitting piece that the future LibCom "journalists" can be proud of! Wonder if any conservative has ever been invited to speak to this Lefty group, and what the coverage of that event would be. This is, in reality, a parody of Harvard itself. In this bastion of tolerance, there is no tolerance of an opposing viewpoint.


22 posted on 03/13/2006 10:49:11 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: presidio9
he “tried to stand [his] ground.”

Hey Rather...your job is to read the news not be a self important inventor of agenda driven "stories."

23 posted on 03/13/2006 10:56:18 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: presidio9

The way this man sucked up to dictators and despots was sickening and disgusting. He should have long ago dropped any pretense of objectivity and fairness and called himself what he really was - a partisan democrat who used his position of power to influence national politics and social policy.


24 posted on 03/13/2006 10:59:52 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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25 posted on 03/13/2006 11:10:21 AM PST by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: presidio9
While Rather denied having “sassed” any president...

What about that teté â teté with Bush I some years ago, that he later proclaimed to be "good old fashioned advocacy journalism"?

CA....

26 posted on 03/13/2006 12:37:29 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: presidio9
“Ratings no longer are king. Demographics are,” Rather said

Sharp as an orange.

27 posted on 03/13/2006 12:38:36 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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"...Rather went on to address some of the tougher problems facing the media today"

.... so of course the rigorous Harvard scholars pressed him forcefully for a full accounting of his role in the infamous "Rathergate" foisting of blatant forgeries on the American public just weeks before a national election. The very thorough and objective Harvard scholars would not let Rather depart without an exhaustive examination of his central role in one of the worst journalistic frauds in US history.....

Oh, wait, I guess we didn't see that in this article, how could the reporter have missed the great truth-seeking Harvard scholars, who always uphold that university's mottos of "VERITAS"?????? Surely it's not because the Harvard scholars did not actually challenge Dan Blather to give a truthful accounting of his fraud????
28 posted on 03/13/2006 8:13:04 PM PST by Enchante (Democrats: "We are ALL broken and worn out, our party & ideas, what else is new?")
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To: Izzy Dunne
Rather was invited to speak by Dotty Lynch, an IOP fellow traveler and political editor at CBS News.
29 posted on 03/14/2006 11:57:39 AM PST by AwesomePossum
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To: presidio9

Be nice if the news readers would have their IQ's tested with the results released.


30 posted on 03/18/2006 9:14:36 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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