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Dan Rather wants bailout of liberal rag newspapers

kimikimi Member Posts: 44,741 ✭✭✭
edited August 2009 in General Discussion
Dan Rather wants OBama to bailout the liberal anti-American rags that masquerade as a means of good journalism. The liberals are begging for conservatives to be forced to pay for their selective news coverage, slanted editorials, and censored opinion columns, but they can't bite the dust soon enough to suit me. A better news service will rise out of the passing of these dirt bag organizations that daily prostitute democracy and the American way of life. Notice how he uses the military to spin extreme liberalism too.

Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news
by Andrew Travers, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Former CBS News anchor Dan 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."

Rather, who has been a working reporter for more than six decades and currently hosts "Dan Rather Reports" on HDNet, pointed out that there are precedents for such national commissions, which have been used to help other at-risk industries.

Corporate and political influence on newsrooms, along with the conflation of news and entertainment, has created what Rather called "the dumbing down and sleazing up of what we see on the news."

Heather Rousseau/Aspen Daily News Dan Rather shares some of his thoughts on the state of public media as he gives a personal interview at the Aspen Meadows on Tuesday before his speech at the Aspen Institute later that evening.
It has also thinned the amount of investigative and international journalism. The latter loss of correspondents covering America's two foreign wars, Rather opined, is both a critical detriment to the nation and a disservice to our troops.

Tears welled in the lifelong reporter's eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.

"I feel particularly strong about coverage of the wars," he said, noting that covering the war in Afghanistan is his top priority on his HDNet program. "No apologies, both as a journalist and as a citizen I just can't stand to leave those guys out there, fighting, dying, bleeding, getting torn up and say, `Look, it's page 14 news.' Or `Sorry, not on tonight's newscast.' It's an example of the problem, that and not having the watchdogs."

The free press, as established by the First Amendment to the Constitution, ought to operate as a public trust, not solely as a money-making endeavor, Rather argued, and it's time the government make an effort to ensure the survival of the free press. If not the government, he suggested, then an organization like the Carnegie Foundation should take it on. Without action, he predicted, America will lose its independent media.

"If we do nothing more than stand back and hope that innovation alone will solve this crisis," he said, "then our best-trained journalists will lose their jobs."

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  • retroxler58retroxler58 Member Posts: 32,652 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Let 'em die out...
  • gatorhidegatorhide Member Posts: 562 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    ...I agree with you Kimi.
  • Colonel PlinkColonel Plink Member Posts: 16,460
    edited November -1
    Just how does the Esteemed Mr. Rather think Governmental oversight equals a ""A truly free and independent press..."?

    State-sponsored reporting is the exact opposite of a free press. It is in fact, unconstitutional.
  • nemesisenforcernemesisenforcer Member Posts: 10,513 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Screw em. Let them wither and die on the vine like they deserve. They've been on life support for years now. Time to end everyones' suffering and move on.
  • rongrong Member Posts: 8,459
    edited November -1
    oh man!
    will this never stop?
  • WulfmannWulfmann Member Posts: 4,852 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Let me get this straight.

    Rather believes the way we have a free independent press to be the watch dog over government is to have that press be dependent on that very government for its existence.

    Well, that does sound like Rather logic but then Rather logic has never been logical.

    I'd Rather not

    "Fools learn from their own mistakes. I learn from the mistakes of others"
    Otto von Bismarck
  • savage170savage170 Member Posts: 37,299 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If they can't compete in free market on their own let'em go. I haven't bought our libreal rag in over 15 years
  • bobskibobski Member Posts: 17,868 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    was a time the only thing newspapers were good for was the want ads. now, they are just expensive ways to start fires in winter.[:p]
    Retired Naval Aviation
    Former Member U.S. Navy Shooting Team
    Former NSSA All American
    Navy Distinguished Pistol Shot
    MO, CT, VA.
  • fideaufideau Member Posts: 11,887 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The Liberal press agenda: If they are beginning to see thru our lies and manipulation, they must be forced back in line by restricting opposing media and giving us equal and FREE time to do our muckraking.
    Rather's definitions:
    FREE PRESS= Government Payroll, unless Conservative.
    BEST TRAINED JOURNALISTS:Liberal indoctrinated Socialists
    NON PROFIT ENDEAVOR: Except for the $12 million a year I want.

    Eat poop and get stuffed, Mr. Rather. You are irrelavant.
  • RtWngExtrmstRtWngExtrmst Member Posts: 7,456
    edited November -1
    Dan Rather tried to follow in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite. Don't he know Walter just died and now it's Dan's turn.
  • kimikimi Member Posts: 44,741 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Wulfmann
    Let me get this straight.

    Rather believes the way we have a free independent press to be the watch dog over government is to have that press be dependent on that very government for its existence.

    Well, that does sound like Rather logic but then Rather logic has never been logical.

    I'd Rather not


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  • gatorhidegatorhide Member Posts: 562 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    ...Danny Rather needs to shut his pie hole. Then quickly disappear into oblivion. Ole Danny Boy is just more of the same old problem. DANNY R. IS NOTHING MORE THAN A NOBODY HIMSELF.
    ....any questions ?
    [}:)] [xx(]
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