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Rather warns media is in 'state of crisis'
San Antonio Express News ^ | 4 February 2011 | Jeanie Jakle

Posted on 02/04/2011 7:52:33 AM PST by Racehorse

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather was both funny and passionate when he addressed a packed house Thursday night at San Antonio College.

Sounding a little choked up, he encouraged the audience of students and others to follow their dream, whatever that may be, because “by doing your heart's bidding, you can find a way to burn with the white hot flame that can make the difference between having a job and having a career, a life's work filled with joy and meaning.”

However, his clearest message was a warning.

Rather said that when it comes to the media, this country is “in a state of crisis.”

“Those who dumb down the news, trivialize the news with in-studio shouting matches passing for debate,” Rather said, “those who tart up the news with celebrity gossip, scandal and sensationalism are playing right into the hands of those that stand to gain the most from the news being seen as irrelevant and trivial and no more or less worth your attention than the next episode of ‘American Idol.'”

He elaborated: “I worry that if it becomes no more than a reality show, something that could be scripted and rigged behind the scenes without anyone really getting upset about it, that our freedom of the press will become another one of those constitutionally granted rights that can be watered down and eventually taken away from us.”

(Excerpt) Read more at mysanantonio.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cbs; danrather; democrats; enemedia; frequency; kenneth; liberalmedia; media; mediabias
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He keeps hanging on . . .
1 posted on 02/04/2011 7:52:40 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

Dan has become a comedian..


2 posted on 02/04/2011 7:53:52 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Racehorse
“Those who dumb down the news, trivialize the news with in-studio shouting matches passing for debate,” Rather said, “those who tart up the news with celebrity gossip, scandal and sensationalism are playing right into the hands of those that stand to gain the most from the news being seen as irrelevant and trivial and no more or less worth your attention than the next episode of ‘American Idol.'”

Uhhhhhh.....Dan?.......Kenneth?......uhhhhh......you forgot to mention making up documents out of whole cloth.

3 posted on 02/04/2011 7:54:58 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Racehorse

Rather has a lot of chutzpah here.

He is the one who got on tv and presented phony documents in order to scandalize and sensationalize the 2004 campaign over an old issue.

Has he recanted from that, and does he think he should have instead stuck to the issues in 04?


4 posted on 02/04/2011 7:55:39 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: Racehorse

Dan... You ignorant slut!


5 posted on 02/04/2011 7:56:08 AM PST by Floribama
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To: Racehorse

Dan brought a creativity to the news that surpassed almost anything seen today.


6 posted on 02/04/2011 7:57:16 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Racehorse

Lying commie alert! But I repeat myself.

7 posted on 02/04/2011 7:59:14 AM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

That was a pretty “creative” “news” piece he did on Bush,


8 posted on 02/04/2011 8:01:09 AM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: Racehorse
"retired as CBS anchor in 2005"

It's more like "resigned in disgrace".

9 posted on 02/04/2011 8:01:25 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Racehorse

A man who did as much as anyone to trivialize the news, by falsifying information, worries about said trivialization?!

You just can’t make this stuff up. I swear, I’m sure I’m living in bizzaro world.


10 posted on 02/04/2011 8:03:35 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: I_Like_Spam
He is the one who got on tv and presented phony documents in order to scandalize and sensationalize the 2004 campaign over an old issue.

It was far more serious than that - - Rather actually tried to fix a presidential election on behalf of his party's candidate.

11 posted on 02/04/2011 8:04:42 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Racehorse

12 posted on 02/04/2011 8:06:23 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: brownsfan

13 posted on 02/04/2011 8:06:28 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Racehorse

Funny how he’s so darn concerned about psuedo-news and sensationalism in others when he’s busying himself predicting the death of the Constistution and the collapse of the Republic.


14 posted on 02/04/2011 8:06:37 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Racehorse

15 posted on 02/04/2011 8:09:37 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Racehorse
“Those who dumb down the news, trivialize the news with in-studio shouting matches passing for debate...

Yeah, right. The 'good ole days' for Rather were the bad old days for the rest of us.

Rather wants the past back - when it was soooooooo much easier - only liberals got to talk - unopposed - no debate whatsoever. And the rest of us? We got to nod in great appreciation while liberal windbags pontificated and lectured ...

Rather's an idiot if he thinks it's EVER going to go back to that...

16 posted on 02/04/2011 8:13:31 AM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - World Disaster Map)
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To: Racehorse

“...scripted and rigged...” Well you should know ALL ABOUT THAT, Danny!!!!


17 posted on 02/04/2011 8:16:24 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Racehorse

18 posted on 02/04/2011 8:18:26 AM PST by laotzu
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To: Racehorse

this may be a first - I agree with him/dan. (about shouting matches and false ‘debate’)


19 posted on 02/04/2011 8:19:30 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Racehorse
I was thinking the exact same thing. Why can't they simply leave the stage?

Carter, Clinton and Rather

20 posted on 02/04/2011 8:19:48 AM PST by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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