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Posted on 05/31/2012 5:38:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Dan Rather: Most Journalists Aren't Liberal - 'This Is a Sham' By Noel Sheppard Created 05/31/2012 - 1:17am
Dan Rather told Jon Stewart Wednesday evening that most journalists aren't liberal.
Although one would think the disgraced former CBS Evening News anchor fired for presenting forged documents about President George W. Bush months before the 2004 elections was kidding given the venue being Comedy Central's Daily Show, Rather was actually serious (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JON STEWART, HOST: This idea of liberal bias and the idea, you know, in your experience, haven't most journalists, haven't their politics been somewhat more liberal?
DAN RATHER: No, it hasn't been my experience.
STEWART: Oh, that hasn't been your experience?
RATHER: It has not been my experience. Most journalists I grew up with, most journalists Ive worked with and practiced with were trying to be honest brokers of information. Now, what sometimes got you a reputation youre liberal, journalists generally form an apprenticeship covering the police beat at midnight, after midnight, it was Saturday night, the charity hospital. Journalists, the best of them, do see a Dickensian side of society that most people don't see. So when they try to call attention to that, people who don't like it say, "Oh, you're liberal." It has not been my experience.
I know that it's widely believed that CBS, NBC, ABC chock full of liberals. Not true. What it's chock full of is people who wanted to give honest news, straightforward news, and voted both ways in many elections. I'm not saying that nobody in the newsroom was liberal any more than I would say nobody was conservative. Frequently what happened people who were described as conservatives want to say, "I work at CBS News, and you know, almost everybody there was liberal." What they really mean is not everybody there agreed with them all the time. This is a sham. It's a camouflage for wanting
STEWART: Do you think its been, it seems to have been very effective though, that working the refs. That's what I would say. It's really worked, and people are now very afraid to appear in any way as though they're taking a position on anything.
RATHER: Well, that's true. And that's why I say that journalism, American journalism in some ways has lost its guts, or it needs a spine translate. I do not exempt myself in this criticism - made my mistakes along this line. But there is a price to pay, and Im not excusing it, but what happens if you stand up and ask a really tough question now and challenge say a president or vice president, you know there's going to be a price to be paid for that. And so often it is, You know what? I'll just get in the middle, move with the mass, Ive got house payments and car [unintelligible].
In reality, Rather unwittingly disproved his entire premise in that last paragraph.
There is a "price to be paid" for standing up and asking "a really tough question now and [challenging] say a president or vice president" because the current White House resident and his second in command are Democrats.
That became verboten on January 20, 2009.
By contrast, there was certainly no "price to be paid" for standing up and asking "a really tough question" when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were in power.
Regardless of his protests during this personal makeover revisionist history tour, Rather wasn't fired for standing up and asking "a really tough question."
He lost his job because he knowingly presented forged documents to the American people about their president.
And therein lies the bias whether or not a disgraced so-called journalist understands it.
go away Dan, you bother me
On tonight’s show, Jon Stewart will declare that water is not wet.
Some blind squirrels just can’t find the nuts.
DRUGS - that’s the only way to explain this guy. Dan surveys of your fellow scumbags reveal they consider themselves liberal.
“On tonights show, Jon Stewart will declare that water is not wet.”
And Dan will agree.
Well, compared to Dan, most news readers/reporters would be somewhat less liberal.
That is because Dan Rather is a nitwit.
The problem is that people like Dan Rather are only exposed to other liberals - so no, they don’t see themselves as liberals. They think that they are right down the middle because they see the world the same way everyone that they know does. It’s how you end up having people like George W. Bush, a moderate at best, labeled a raging right-wing extremist. To people like Dan Rather, Bush was to the right of Hitler.
Journalists are not biased
Unfortunately, the mass media doesn't have have any real journalists, just a bunch of advocacy pimps like Rather
Well I would freakin hope so, as are most Americans. Hitler was a National Socialist...
Just full blown communists and communism-sympathizers then.
Do you feel better now, Dan? Maybe you still feel the effect of frequencies?
Which shows just how far disconnected from reality he and his ilk are. He may actually believe his incredible position.
...haven't most journalists, haven't their politics been somewhat more liberal?
DAN RATHER: No, it hasn't been my experience.
Because of the people you choose to associate with. Eventually it will skew and distort your perspective. That's not opinion, that is demonstrable fact.
Most journalists I grew up with, most journalists Ive worked with and practiced with were trying to be honest brokers of information.
Really, you expect us to believe that Dan? This is the information age, with search engines, social networking, and dozens upon dozens of information sources on the Internet. We can now find information that hasn't been filtered through the distorting lense of the liberal agenda so prevalent in the MSM. In short Danny-boy, we're onto you and yours.
I know that it's widely believed that CBS, NBC, ABC chock full of liberals. Not true.
By your actions you'll be known. By that standard you're all flaming liberals.
RATHER: Well, that's true. And that's why I say that journalism, American journalism in some ways has lost its guts, or it needs a spine translate.
You mean "transplant" there Danny-boy?
...you know there's going to be a price to be paid for that. And so often it is, You know what? I'll just get in the middle, move with the mass, Ive got house payments and car [unintelligible].
Right there he (probably unintentionally) proved our point. So-called "journalists" in the MSM no longer actually work to report news and information. They go-along with everyone else around them to further their careers. Pretty soon the whole herd is so far left they can't see the middle anymore. But everyone around them pretty much shares the same outlook. Sure there are a few outliers in either direction. But they don't even realize how far left the entire group has moved. They actually think they are the new center.
...kind of like "depends on what the definition of is, is"....
Most people are to the right of Hitler. This is because Hitler was Left-Wing.
"We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions" Adolf Hitler.
Hope this is helpful.
“”On tonights show, Jon Stewart will declare that water is not wet.
And Dan will agree.”””””
He will provide documentation from Kinkos to prove it.
Sorry, I read slower than you.
She said Liberals think they are smarter than all of us so they can tell us what to do "for our own good."
But "Journalists" also think they are smarter than all of us,...
and that's why they're Liberals!
Oh please. Sell crazy somewhere else, Kenneth.
Although, maybe he's right. Most journalists aren't liberal, they are outright Marxist.
Standing naked in front of the masses, the emperor asked of his subjects “Do you like my new clothes”.
If the forger said it, it must be true.
Look Dan if you and the press can not be at least truthful about this obvious thing...how can you be taken to be truthful about anything?
This traitorous (see his Viet Nam reporting history) old fart should be in a nursing home having his diaper changed. He is so eaten by his liberal bias, he thinks that the liberal media isn’t as biased as him...which is the max. Screw him.....
From one of the world’s biggest liars.
September 15, 2004, 5:52 a.m.
The First Rathergate
The CBS anchors precarious relationship with the truth.
By Anne Morse
Critics are calling the media scandal over the Jerry Killian forgeries "Rathergate." But to thousands of Vietnam veterans, the real Rathergate took place 16 years ago when Dan Rather successfully foisted a fraud onto the American people. Then, unlike now, there was no blogosphere to expose him.
On June 2, 1988, CBS aired an hour-long special titled CBS Reports: The Wall Within, which CBS trumpeted as the "rebirth of the TV documentary." It purported to tell the true story of Vietnam through the eyes of six of the men who fought there. And what terrible stories they had to tell.
"I think I was one of the highest trained, underpaid, eighteen-cent-an-hour assassins ever put together by a team of people who knew exactly what they were looking for," said Steve Southards, a Navy SEAL who told Rather he had escaped society to live in the forests of Washington state. Under Rather's gentle coaxing, Southards described slaughtering Vietnamese civilians, making his work appear to be that of the North Vietnamese. "You're telling me that you went into the village, killed people, burned part of the village, then made it appear that the other side had done this?" Rather asked. "Yeah," Steve replied. "It was kill VC, and I was good at what I did." Steve arrived home "in a straitjacket, addicted to alcohol and drugs" knowing that "combat had made him different," Rather intoned. "He asked for help; that's unusual, many vets don't. They hold back until they explode."
Rather then moved on to suicidal veteran named George Grule, who was stationed on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga off the coast of Vietnam during a secret mission. Grule described the horror of watching a friend walk into the spinning propeller of a plane, which chopped him to pieces and sprayed Grule with his blood. The memory of this trauma left Grule, like Steve, unable to function in normal society.
Neither could Mikal Rice, who broke down as he described a grenade attack at Cam Ranh Bay, which blew in half the body of a buddy, "Sergeant Call." "He died in my arms," Rice tearfully recalled. Rice described how the sound of thunder and cars backfiring would regularly trigger his terrible memories.
Most horrific of all were the memories of Terry Bradley, a "fighting sergeant" who told Rather he had skinned alive 50 Vietnamese men, women, and children in one hour and stacked their bodies in piles. "Could you do this for one hour of your life, you stack up every way a body could be mangled, up into a body, an arm, a tit, an eyeball . . . Imagine us over there for a year and doing it intensely," Bradley said. "That is sick." "You've got to be angry about it," Rather replied. "I'm suicidal about it," Bradley responded. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, drug abuse, alcoholism, joblessness, homelessness, suicidal thoughts: These tattered warriors suffered from them all. The The Wall Within was hailed by critics who like the Washington Post's Tom Shales gushed that the documentary was "extraordinarily powerful." There was just one problem: Almost none of it was true.
The truth was uncovered by B.G. Burkett, a Vietnam veteran and author of Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and its History (with Glenna Whitley). Burkett discovered that only one of the vets had actually served in combat. Steve Southards, who'd claimed to be a 16-year-old Navy SEAL assassin, had actually served as an equipment repairman stationed far from combat. Later transferred to Subic Bay in the Philippines, Steve spent most of his time in the brig for repeatedly going AWOL.
And George Gruel, who claimed he was traumatized by the sight of his friend being chopped to pieces by a propeller? Navy records reveal that a propeller accident did take place on the Ticonderoga when Gruel was aboard but that he wasn't around when it happened. During Gruel's tour, the ship had been converted to an antisubmarine warfare carrier which operated, not on "secret mission" along the Vietnam coast, but on training missions off the California coastline. Nevertheless, Burkett notes, Gruel receives $1,952 a month from the Veterans Administration for "psychological trauma" related to an event he only heard about.
Mikal Rice the anguished vet who claimed to have cradled his dying buddy in his arms actually spent his tour as a guard with an MP company at Cam Ranh Bay. He never saw combat. Neither did Terry Bradley, who was not the "fighting sergeant" he'd claimed to be. Instead, military records reveal he served as an ammo handler in the 25th Infantry Division and spent nearly a year in the stockade for being AWOL. That's good news for the hundreds of Vietnamese civilians Bradley claimed to have slaughtered. But it doesn't say much for Dan Rather's credibility.
As Burkett notes, the records of all of these vets were easily checkable through Freedom of Information Act requests of their military records something Rather and his producers simply didn't bother to do. They accepted at face value the lurid tales of atrocities committed in Vietnam and the stories of criminal behavior, drug addiction, and despair at home.
Perhaps that's because this is what they wanted to believe. Says Burkett: The Wall Within "precisely fit what Americans have grown to believe about the Vietnam War and its veterans: They routinely committed war crimes. They came home from an immoral war traumatized, vilified, then pitied. Jobless, homeless, addicted, suicidal, they remain afflicted by inner conflicts, stranded on the fringes of society."
Burkett, who did check the records of the vets Rather interviewed, shared his discoveries with CBS. So did Thomas Turnage, then administrator of the Veterans Administration, who was appalled by Rather's use of bogus statistics on the rates of suicide, homelessness, and mental illness among Vietnam veterans statistics that can also be easily checked. Rather initially refused to comment, and CBS spokeswoman Kim Akhtar said, "The producers stand behind their story. They had enough proof of who they are." For his part, CBS president Howard Stringer defended the network with irrelevancies. "Your criticisms were not shared by a vast majority of our viewers," he sniffed, adding that "CBS News and its affiliates received acclaim from most quarters . . . In sum, this was a broadcast of which we at CBS News and I personally am proud. There are no apologies to make."
Sarah Lee Pilley, who ran a restaurant in Colville, Washington where the CBS crew dined while filming The Wall Within, would not agree. The wife of a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who saw combat in Vietnam, Pilley, said she "got the distinct feeling that CBS had a story they had decided on before they left New York." After interviewing 87 Vietnam veterans, CBS chose the "four or five saddest cases to put on the film," Pilley said. "The factual part of it didn't seem to matter as long as they captured the high drama and emotion that these few individuals offered. We felt all along that CBS committed tremendous exploitation of some very sick individuals."
Why would Dan Rather do such a thing? Partly because the stories of deranged, trip-wire vets is much more dramatic than the true story: That most Vietnam veterans came home to live normal, productive, happy lives. Second, Rather apparently wanted the story of whacked-out Vietnam veterans to be true just as he now wants the Jerry Killian story to be true.
Or maybe despite a preponderance of the evidence he considered the sources of these tales of Vietnam atrocities "unimpeachable." As angry Vietnam veterans began calling CBS to complain about the factual inaccuracies of The Wall Within, Perry Wolff, the executive producer who wrote the documentary, claimed that "No one has attacked us on the facts." Despite the growing evidence that he'd been had, Rather also continued to defend the documentary which is now part of CBS's video history series on the Vietnam War.
Perhaps Vietnam veterans ought to take a page out of the book of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and air television ads exposing Rather's deceits something along the lines of: "Dan Rather lied about his Vietnam documentary. I know. I was there. I saw what happened. When the chips were down, you could not count on Dan Rather."
Certainly, we cannot count on him for the truth. During a 1993 speech to the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Rather criticized his colleagues for competing with entertainment shows for "dead bodies, mayhem, and lurid tales." "We should all be ashamed of what we have and have not done, measured against what we could do," Rather said.
Good post, thanks!
Nope, still not relevant. Try under the other rock, Dan.
Between being Liberal and Stalinist.
He needs to move into the current decade and stop talking about, and reliving, the decades long gone.
Rather doesn't seem to realize that Jon Stewart humiliated him and showed the world that he is completely out of touch.
I'll be there are plenty more stories of his abuse of station regarding his role as a propagandist journalist. I would love to see a talented writer/researcher write a detailed book about this scumbag became rich and respected while deceiving the viewers of CBS and 60 Minutes.
IN OTHER NEWS: Liars lie
Indeed, drugs are a fundamental part of the liberal culture because it is drugs which allow them to make stupid ignorant “morale” and emotional statements like these with a straight face.
Stupidity and drugs are a team that turns them into automatic evil people and liars, because they do not even know they are lying, basically, or so they hope. And they believe this is a form of pseudo-salvation and excuse, to help them spoof a lie detection machine, so to speak. They cultivate that stuff, that Bagdad Bob thing, and they admire it in Bagdad Bob himself.
As the words type themselves out, no matter, liberals will keep blabbering the opposite out, no matter. We are dealing with severely dangerous, deranged and abnormal people whose state of mind is getting worse and worse towards total psychotic events like suddenly eating someone’s face off.
How anybody could buy into this story for a moment is beyond comprehension.
I've never skinned a person, alive or dead, but experience with animals leads me to suspect the production rate couldn't be more than two or three people per hour at most.
They actually expect US to believe in the Truth Fairy.
I’m going to try to get contact Brietbart and Malkin staffs and see if I can encourage them to present an annual Dan Rather Award to the worst journalist of the year.
Yeah, really, he’s right. Most journalists are not liberal; way over half of them would range from radical to Marxist!
Please, please, don't help maintain the fiction that Hitler and his National Socialists were on the RIGHT!
After about 20 mins you'll get the repeated message. They hated capitalism
Urinalists as a whole a the bane of society.
Here is the compiled list of “Media Bias Basics” from the Media Research Center:
Bottom line: the media are hard core liberal/leftist, in every unbiased review. At the same time, they think of themselves as “centrist” or moderate. They ignore or cannot see their own bias and opinion inserted into what they call objective news.
“To people like Dan Rather, Bush was to the right of Hitler.”
Well, considering that Hitler was a Socialist whose goal was control of property and individuals, I’d say that Bush was to the right of him...
Can you give me a source for your Hitler quote? I’d love to send it around and see if people can guess who said it....It sure sounds like BO.
Wasn’t Rather fired for not being an “honest broker of information” but rather (no pun intended) a ‘dishonest broker of misinformation.”
So does this guy have any credibility at all? I think not.
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