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Dan Rather Petitions The Government

From my favorite drama queen:

Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute.

“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.

Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive.

At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.

“A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy and freedom,” Rather said in an interview yesterday afternoon. “This is not something just for journalists to be concerned about, and the loss of jobs and the loss of newspapers, and the diminution of the American press’ traditional role of being the watchdog on power. This is something every citizen should be concerned about.”

Here’s a novel idea Dan – why doesn’t the “public media” commission its own commission on saving itself without dragging the government into it?

For such an advocate of a “truly free and [an] independent press” why are you courting the government as your savior? No strings in that approach are there?

In effect, this is Dan Rather implicitly trying to lay the groundwork for a government bailout of the press – and then he’d demand afterword that we all consider the product a “truly free and independent press”. Yeah – like GM is a truly free and independent car company, huh Dan?


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15 Responses to Dan Rather Petitions The Government

  • why doesn’t the “public media” commission its own commission on saving itself
    The term “informational cascade” comes to mind, but bringing in the government will do nothing to help.

  • Earth to Dan: you suffer from ‘doofus’ syndrome.

  • The sad ramblings of a man who ruined not only his credibility, but the credibility of his entire network when he pulled his forged memos stunt. Desperate to be relevant again, to be seen as riding to the defense of the industry he helped to devalue in the mind of the public.

    I can’t even put into the words the absolute contempt in which I hold this cretin.

    Like he ever gave a flying f**k about “the survival of American democracy”….just another buggy-whip manufacturer who’s sure the automobile is just a passing fad

  • I wonder how he’d feel about Fox News or The New York Post and Washington Times getting government-mandated exposure equal to liberal outlets. Or a government-mandated salary cap for journalists. Just another closet socialist, authoritarian, fascist, useful idiot, etc.

  • Consider the effects of such a government news service.
    HAs anyone ever noticed that the more socialist countires invariably have a dominant news service run by the government? Ever notice how isolated such countries are?

    Rather understands, on think, at least on am implicit level, it would be all so much easier on the socialists among us to gain their socialist wet dreams, if we didn’t have a nearly universal ability to exchange information on an almost instantaneous basis. Certainly it would have elimintaed people questioning his honest as regards the forged TANG documents.

    In a lrger sense, though, the people exchanging ideas and learning from each other’s mistakes via such instant comms is why most socialist regimes so solidly isolate themsleves. Allowing your subjects to learn the ideas you’re pushing have fatal flaws from the standpoint of the subjects, is not a way to get such ideas passed into the law of the land.

    It’s not hard to read through this guy.

  • I say the government should give his plan “fake but accurate” support.

  • God save us from those whose immediate response to any problem is to cry, “Washington needs to do something about this!”

    That’s what the real problem is, and it’s not just in regard to the coming demise of MiniTru*. Health care is driven by the same idea, and we even saw it on full display with Katrina, especially the shoddy performance of “Schoolbus” Nagin. To be sure, there are unscrupulous people who deliberately seek to expand government power to their own ends, but there are many foolish people who have – somehow – gotten the idea that government not only CAN solve a myriad of problems, it SHOULD do so. I’m not sure what motives Rather has; I suspect that he’s been a lib for so long that he genuinely believes that federal intervention is ALWAYS the ONLY solution for any problem that comes along. I doubt his senile mind can quite comprehend the paradox between government involvement in media and a free press.

    But IS there a paradox? From Rather’s perspective, I suggest that there is NOT. After all, both government and MiniTru are thoroughly steeped in the same liberal philosophy: there won’t be much (if any) disagreement about how the news is reported.


    (*) I suggest that only MiniTru, i.e. the big networks, papers and wire services, are in danger. Americans have traditionally been voracious consumers of news, and I don’t think that’s going to change. What IS changing is where Americans choose to get their news.

  • Eric Florack says: “Consider the effects of such a government news service.”
    Isn’t that what we’ve already had, since at least the 60′s?
    Rather’s family should put him on a short leash, for his own good, before someone cracks him on the back of the head again.

  • Put a link up to Robb’s “birther memo” That was hilarious.

  • Yeah, then we could have 1984-like 24-hour-a-day mandatory  propaganda TV on everywhere including inside our homes (watching us while we try to ignore it) and out on the streets.  In  way, it’s almost already like that (just not at home, yet, but I’m sure the state of Massachusetts could come up with a model “mandatory news as a civic duty or else be taxed further into oblivion” bill).

  • “I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,”
    the American press’ traditional role of being the watchdog on power.
    In other news the chief of police has called on the head of the local mafia to establish a commission to preserve the role of the police as law enforcers.

  • At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.
    American democracy is in trouble alright, but not for Rather’s reasons.
    The mainstream/state-run media have been criminally derelict in their duties for decades…generations, even.
    Gee, could that be why they’re  going belly-up?

  • Question….will it be like North Korea where the radio mounted in the wall can only be turned down, not off, or will we have falsified memos beamed directly to our brains?
    This guy should never, ever have been allowed to have a serious voice after that memo incident.

  • Isn’t that what we’ve already had, since at least the 60’s?

    Only when Democrats were in power. At which point the press became the voice of the opposition.

  • Arrgh. Bad edit.
    Meant to say when Republicans were in power, they became the voice of the opposition.

    Which is not to suggest I’m acheerleader for Republicans, per se’. But how many examples of the MSM being the official house organ of the DNC can we ignore?