Skip to comments.Dan Rather: ‘History Will Justify’ NFL Anthem Protesters, Like With ‘Women’s Right to Vote’
Posted on 11/07/2017 2:30:09 PM PST by drewh
Disgraced former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has been making his media rounds to promote his new book, entitled What Unites Us. Tuesday morning he appeared on Morning Joe, to discuss the NFL protests, the lack of civility in our country, and what patriotism means to him, to an enraptured MSNBC panel.
Despite Rathers own partisan pontificating on Facebook over the "con man" "liar" Trump, the liberal hosts let Rather drone on and on about the lack of civility the country is currently facing, and argue his support for thepatriotic NFL protests, which he claimed history will justify like they did with womens right to vote.
After a warm and gooey introduction, Morning Joe host Willie Geist asked Rather his take on the NFL protests, and what patriotism means today:
We have this ongoing debate about what patriotism is really and the latest flash point has been in the NFL. Some say it's patriotic to stand for the national anthem. I think most Americans believe that's patriotic. Others have said it's patriotic to dissent. That thats what it means to be an American. When you think something is unjust, you ought to dissent. How do we begin to define what patriotism is today?
Rather answered that although he stands for the anthem with his hand over his heart, he understands that dissent is as American as the Revolutionary War or as apple pie. He went on to argue that everyone needs to respect, and listen to the anthem kneelers, because they arent disrespecting the country or the military, they are calling attention to injustice.
Thats when Rather went really tone-deaf, arguing for civility, not able to recognize his own part in causing division with his hyperbolic Facebook posts, or that the overwhelming majority of Americans who disagree with the anthem protests dont find that they bring the country together.
Rather even compared the NFL protests to the right to vote, saying that history justifies their dissent:
[S]o I think it's important to listen to one another. And the most important thing is to lower our voices. We need an injection of civility with one another. Respect for the other person's point of view. That doesn't mean we don't stand up for our principles, for example with the Ku Klux Klan. Take one example. It doesnt mean you have to nod your head and say, Yes yes yes I understand the Ku Klux Klan. You can be true to your principles and still respect the right of people to dissent. And indeed the need for people to dissent. Lets not forget that dissenters in their time are frequently seen as outliers, even unpatriotic. But as time goes along, history justifies their dissent. Women's right to vote for example. Can you believe we spent almost the first fifth of the 20th century and still didn't give women the right to vote. Those women we're talking about women's right to vote back in the 19th century, were seen as radically dissenters and some people saw them unpatriotic. We need to keep that in mind.
Later on, Geist brought up the divisions in this country, comparing it to the 1960s, asking Rather to explain what parallels he saw today, culturally. Rather answered that the country has gone through very divided times in the past, even going back to the Civil War, so he was optimistic that we would get through this time. However, only if we admit that the country is still taking away rights from blacks, apparently:
We're going to be okay. But we're going to be okay if we address our deep problems. Race being on my list number one. We make great progress with civil rights. We have a long way to go, Rather stated.
We have not gotten there, host Mika Brzezinski added.
She wrapped up the interview, gushing it was great to see him and hear his voice. Rather paid her his own compliments, saying he was so proud of Brzezinski and she just went from one triumph to another. While journalists and media outlets are constantly touting their perceived reputation as truth-tellers, they dont seem to have any problem frequently looking to a disgraced anchor, who was fired for reporting on fabricated documents against President Bush, for wisdom and words of truth.
Rathers shoddy reporting is all but forgotten by the liberal news media, who are so quick to forgive their own, that NBCs Savannah Guthrie can even ask Rather for advice on how to enhance the medias credibility so people dont think they make up stories, and be completely serious while saying it.
Dan Rather liar
he’s gone senile in his dotage
This old fool still around?
What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
What UnTies Us
What is the protst about?
The hands up don’t shoot lie?
What is the metric by which we will know it is time for these protests to stop?
This is an endless grievance machine intended to kill the NFL. Leftists hate football - cheerleaders, flyovers, the Anthem, manly, winners and losers - and have wanted to kill it off for decades.
They realized (after Mizzou’s meltdown two years ago) that the players were the weak link. Go to them and tell them they are “Uncle Toms” unless they kneel. These 70-80 IQ pointers were easily co-opted and the owners lacked the balls to solve the problem early on.
NFL will be remembered as the sport that committed suicide in the face of SJWs - not unlike the Democrat party.
Dan Rather is famous for lying to the American People regarding the Viet Nam War. That is how this traitorous bastard established his creds.
LOL...I KNEW that someone had to have posted that, already :-) Now if I could just find my offset “th” ;-)
Women everywhere should be outraged! Comparing non-criminal females being denied the right to vote to CRIMINALS, thugs and people who provoke the police is scurrilous! Supporting thugs over law enforcement, simply based on skin color, is why wealthy thug football players are kneeling. The right to vote and the ‘right’ to get away with crime because you’re black is not the same.
I think this chump drooled out his brains long ago. Courage Dan.
Dan Rather is such a pain in the butt. Thank goodness he was never elected to Congress.
Hey Ratturd. Turn. Or burn like your Daddy.
Their polling must be pretty bad if they have to bring in “Saint Dan” to intone weightily and bless the action.
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