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Dan Rather Defends Fox News Against Charge It's a GOP ‘Propaganda Machine’
NewsBusters.org ^ | January 18, 2014 | Randy Hall

Posted on 01/18/2014 12:49:16 PM PST by Kaslin

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes an interview during the 30-minute Politicking With Larry King program on Thursday night in which the long-time interviewer asked his guest, Dan Rather: “Do you ever think the thought that Fox News Channel is an actual part of the Republican Party?”

The veteran newsman paused for a moment before responding that the claim “goes too far” even though network founder Roger Ailes has used the channel to benefit the GOP. However, “is it a sole operative and propaganda machine for the party? I'd have to stop short of that.”

King introduced Rather as a best-selling author, “one hell of a White House correspondent, and one of the best anchors ever, the longtime anchor of the CBS Evening News. He currently is the host and managing editor of Dan Rather Reports on AXS.tv, which airs online Monday evenings.

During the discussion, King asked Rather to give his take on the accusation that Fox News is merely a part of the GOP.

The longtime journalist stated: “I'm pausing only because I want to give a thoughtful answer, that I understand that argument.”

He then stated:

I think it goes too far, which is to say, I think Ailes considers himself still a part of the Republican Party, and I think insofar as he's able to, he wants his channel to be that way.

But I don't want to indict everybody at Fox News Channel because I know some of the pros there who are pretty good.

Acknowledging that he wasn't trying “to dance around the question,” Rather noted that Ailes “is a very good businessman, he’s very smart about television, and he built a network when I, for one, wasn’t at all sure he could do so.”

“And has he used it to benefit the Republican Party?” he asked. “Yes. The record is very clear on that.”

However, Rather stated, the news network is not just a propaganda machine for the Republicans. “I'd have to stop short of that.”

The former CBS News anchor also expressed his unhappiness with “lazy reporters” adding “gate” to any word to draw attention to a controversy or fiasco.

“There was only one Watergate,” Rather asserted, “which was a constitutional scandal that resulted in more than 40 people serving hard time.”

He then noted that Christie's staff “had parachuted into the land of the stupid” since the Republican governor was easily going to win re-election without the endorsement of Fort Lee mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat.

Rather continued that some politicians don't want to just win an election, they want to destroy their opponents, much like former president Richard Nixon tried to do in the Watergate incident.

King then quoted from an interview of Roger Ailes in which the Fox News Channel president was asked to explain the difference between news and opinionated programming.

Ailes replied: “I grew up in the era when Dan Rather hated Richard Nixon. He was a newsman, but you knew what his opinion was.”

“Well, first of all, it just simply isn't true and isn't really worth discussing,” the reporter stated before asserting that “Richard Nixon hated Dan Rather and CBS News. That's a matter of fact.”

For all the things Ailes has accomplished, Rather stated, “he was an operative of Richard Nixon, and you expect him to say things like this.”

As NewsBusters previously reported, Roger Ailes is the target of a new book written by New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman entitled The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News -- and Divided a Country.

Meanwhile, the former 60 Minutes Wednesday host has said he still believes 20 years later that the documents used to try and take down GOP president George W. Bush due to his record with the Air National Guard were authentic.

During further discussion of the controversy embroiling Chris Christie and lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, the reporter stated that the Republican governor would prefer to “walk through a furnace in a gasoline suit” than endure what he's currently going through.

“As far as I can tell,” the veteran journalist stated, “no law has been broken” by Christie or any member of his political staff.

Therefore, Rather said he believes that Christie's troubles don't necessarily mean he's out of the running for the 2016 presidential race. “Two years is a long time,” he noted, “and anything can happen” during that period -- just as the controversy involving the New Jersey governor did.
 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: chrischristie; demagogicparty; fortlee; foxnews; memebuilding; newjersey; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; randsconcerntrolls; rather; tpinos

1 posted on 01/18/2014 12:49:17 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Thanks, Dan, but Fox will do just fine on its own. :)


2 posted on 01/18/2014 12:50:13 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Kaslin

He’s shopping for a job...


3 posted on 01/18/2014 12:55:39 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Kaslin

News Corp execs endorsed John Kerry in 2004. Thanks for propagating, Dan Ratherbiased.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 1:00:41 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Kaslin

Dan: “There’s only one Watergate.”

Maybe so, but we have Benghazi.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 1:02:22 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Kaslin

Danny boy trying to be relevant.
And failing.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 1:04:40 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Kaslin
Roger Ailes is the target of a new book written by New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman entitled The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News -- and Divided a Country.

It amazes me to see the depth of the lack of understanding, that if a nation only has one voice (adopted by all), it can be a cataclysmic circumstance if that voice is wrong.

The Left in our nation is doing its best to nullify our Founders impact, and their Founding Documents impact on our nation.

That is dead wrong. And not anyone who disagrees with this is spared the charge of being a radical terroristic turncoat, when it is they (the Left) who have abandoned our founding and seek to do a total 180 on what this nation has always stood for.

Thank God there is division in our nation. And may that same God forbid the Left's victory on this. If not, then the whole world goes dark.

8 posted on 01/18/2014 1:05:05 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Kaslin

So a lying propagandists wants to defend the ONLY news organization that is not filled with other lying propagandists?


9 posted on 01/18/2014 1:06:33 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin
King introduced Rather as a best-selling author, “one hell of a White House correspondent, and one of the best anchors ever

Who was fired in disgrace for dishonesty and barely knows which way is up?
10 posted on 01/18/2014 1:06:56 PM PST by Vision (Tune out, drop back)
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To: SoFloFreeper; All

Fx News and GOP ignore the federal government’s constitutonally limited powers as much as Democrats do imo.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 1:08:36 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: Kaslin
“There was only one Watergate,” Rather asserted,
Just as there was one first moon landing, one I have a dream speech, one Ronald Reagan, one 1969 Mets, one Woodstcok, and sadly one 9/11 and one Benghazi. What's the relevance, Mr. Rather?
12 posted on 01/18/2014 1:08:54 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Kaslin

Thats funny...

“Dan, Is fox news the very evil news arm of the GOP?”

Dan: “I would stop short of saying they are VERY evil”


13 posted on 01/18/2014 1:09:51 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathergate

I guess he doesn’t like the term “Rathergate” either.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 1:12:02 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Dan finished by saying that 60 Minutes is still the best journalism show on TV. He then listed this week’s topics to buttress his supposition:

Segment 1 - Squirrels prefer nuts to bon-bons

Segment 2 - Why gay people are so happy and healthy

Segment 3 - Why MSNBC is the most unbiased journalism network on the planet


15 posted on 01/18/2014 1:12:03 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Kaslin
hmm...Dan RatherNOT pokes his head out and said something useful...
Too bad...'ol Dan can't say the same about the NYT/LAT/WaPo/(A)merican
(P)ravda / ABCNNBCb$ / FauxNC, for being propagandist branch of the DNC.

16 posted on 01/18/2014 1:12:18 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Kaslin

Instead of asking his OPINION on whether Fox is propagandist for the GOP they should ask him if it is a FACT that he was propagandist for the Democrats.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 1:13:31 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Kaslin

Dan knows what a real propaganda machine looks like. He was part of one for many many years.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 1:14:42 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Kaslin

Dan knows what a real propaganda machine looks like. He was part of one for many many years.


19 posted on 01/18/2014 1:14:43 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Kaslin

Who is Dan Rather?


20 posted on 01/18/2014 1:16:21 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kaslin

What is the big deal, Mr. Rather?
In case you have noticed, the GOP has gone “Democrat Lite” anyway...


21 posted on 01/18/2014 1:22:39 PM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Kaslin

“Meanwhile, the former 60 Minutes Wednesday host has said he still believes 20 years later that the documents used to try and take down GOP president George W. Bush due to his record with the Air National Guard were authentic”

Scientologists still believe they are descended from aliens.

I’m sure Roger Ailles is so relieved that Dan Rather is on his side. :-)


22 posted on 01/18/2014 1:29:46 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

You mean to tell me, Dan Blather is still alive?

Just WOW!

Goes to show you, old farts never die, they just stink a lot more.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 2:00:07 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Scientologists still believe they are descended from aliens.

Actually that's far easier to believe than that the documents were authentic.

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Great because you did it.
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24 posted on 01/18/2014 2:00:44 PM PST by JCG
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To: bmwcyle

“Who is Dan Rather?”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

The Dan you would Rather forget.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 2:08:30 PM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: JCG

You beat me to it.


26 posted on 01/18/2014 2:09:28 PM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: RipSawyer

Excellent


27 posted on 01/18/2014 2:12:48 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kaslin

28 posted on 01/18/2014 2:13:14 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Kaslin

he still believes 20 years later
*******
Twenty years? I don’t think so.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 2:17:39 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (luke 6:38)
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To: Kaslin

Fox News is “Nixon’s Revenge” courtesy of Roger Ailes.

The mantra from the beltway conservatives and other defenders of Nixon in the 1970’s was that news should be “fair and balanced”.

Fox News is there to give the GOPe point of view with conservative guests like Sarah Palin and others plus emotional issues to draw conservative viewers in so they stay tuned to hear the RINO line from hosts like Bill O’Reilly and guests like former Bush Administration officials, Rudy Giuliani, Peter King and the list goes on.


30 posted on 01/18/2014 2:34:16 PM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
"I think it goes too far, which is to say, I think Ailes considers himself still a part of the Republican Party, and I think insofar as he's able to, he wants his channel to be that way. But I don't want to indict everybody at Fox News Channel because I know some of the pros there who are pretty good." Acknowledging [sic] that he wasn't trying “to dance around the question,” Rather noted that Ailes “is a very good businessman, he’s very smart about television, and he built a network when I, for one, wasn’t at all sure he could do so. And has he used it to benefit the Republican Party?” he asked. “Yes. The record is very clear on that.”
IOW, he said yes it is, not no. RatherBiased ping. Thanks Kaslin.
31 posted on 01/18/2014 2:37:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Kaslin
Larry King has a couple of interesting shows on Hulu. If he has a guest I want to watch, I watch. I will not be watching Dan.

Way back when I was much younger, Dan's intro to the CBS news always included, 'Dan Rather reporting'.

My mom would always say, 'Hello, Mr. Reporting.'

32 posted on 01/18/2014 2:37:54 PM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Kaslin

And there’s only one political party chock full of corrupt, idiot jackasses too, right Dan?

It’s your party.


33 posted on 01/18/2014 3:09:30 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
the former 60 Minutes Wednesday host has said he still believes
"No Question The Story Was True"
20 years later that the documents used to try and take down GOP president George W. Bush due to his record with the Air National Guard were authentic.
Rather's Ruin and the Rise of the Pajamahadeen
America’s most powerful and influential opinion-forming institutions had spoken with a single voice, presenting the 60 Minutes accusations as important, credible, and damaging. The contrast with their coverage of the Swift Vets’ charges could hardly have been greater. However, these news organizations, staffed with thousands of journalists, editors and fact checkers and theoretically committed to high standards of professional accuracy, had completely missed what more observant private citizens saw at a glance: that the “Killian memos” were actually crude forgeries created on a word processor.
The link is actually Chapter 13 of a book. It discusses in detail the implosion of the “Killian Memos” swindle, due to the fact that the memos demonstrably were created on Microsoft Word - and the memos were purported to have been written ten years before Word was first released.

34 posted on 01/18/2014 3:37:07 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Kaslin

Rather and King are still alive?


35 posted on 01/18/2014 4:01:41 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: JCG

So true. :-)


36 posted on 01/18/2014 4:02:12 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Mr. K

So a lying propagandists wants to defend the ONLY news organization that is not filled with other lying propagandists?

&&&
Perhaps you have not been paying attention. FOX has moved toward the left.


37 posted on 01/18/2014 4:03:53 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Nextrush

Fox News is there to give the GOPe point of view with conservative guests like Sarah Palin and others plus emotional issues to draw conservative viewers in so they stay tuned to hear the RINO line from hosts like Bill O’Reilly and guests like former Bush Administration officials, Rudy Giuliani, Peter King and the list goes on.

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Exactly.

I was a long time viewer until I caught on about 2 years ago.


38 posted on 01/18/2014 4:07:11 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Kaslin

What shocks me is that Larry King is still alive..


39 posted on 01/18/2014 4:28:52 PM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: Kaslin
Um ... twenty years, as in 20? Since Rathergate?

Must be that "new math" I've been hearing about.

40 posted on 01/18/2014 4:48:18 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Bigg Red; Kaslin
Rather and King are still alive?

Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.

Norma Desmond: I AM big. It's the PICTURES that got small.

41 posted on 01/18/2014 4:53:54 PM PST by abb
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