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Dan Rather: Journalists have Lost Their “Guts”
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:13:39 AM »
Dan Rather: Journalists have Lost Their “Guts”

Don Irvine  —   June 3, 2014 

In an interview with the Toronto Star, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather criticized the changes in journalism that have occurred over the last two decades, saying that journalists have lost their guts and no longer challenge people in power for fear that they will pay a heavy price for doing so:


I think journalists and journalism — certainly in the U.S. — we lost our guts. An attitude got around: Be careful, because if you report something people in power don’t like, you may have to pay a very heavy price for that. That’s not in the best tradition of U.S. journalism, nor do I think it’s in the best tradition of the free press anyplace.

First of all, to say that journalists have lost their guts, misses the point. If it’s about going after Republicans in the White House or Congress, most journalists have no problem with that, even when they are way off target. But if a Democrat, like President Obama, is in power, the media certainly don’t want to offend him, or even tell the truth about him, since it may supply talking points for Republicans and conservatives, and help defeat their beloved leaders. Most of the media are very liberal, and very protective of the Democratic establishment. Even when they point to liberals doing wrong, it is usually implied that at least their intentions were good. No, the real issue isn’t guts, but rather liberal bias, which is plentiful in today’s mainstream media.

And speaking of “Rather” and liberal bias, that’s not something Dan Rather cares to talk about. His 64-year career in journalism he has been one of the most biased in memory. Remember, Rather lost his job at CBS because of his role in a fabricated story, using fabricated documents, to attempt to help defeat President George W. Bush in his 2004 re-election effort. Bottom line—Dan Rather’s credibility as a journalist is suspect at best.

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Re: Dan Rather: Journalists have Lost Their “Guts”
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2014, 03:26:17 PM »
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Re: Dan Rather: Journalists have Lost Their “Guts”
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014, 04:16:14 PM »
At least he had enough "courage" to create a false document about Dubya's service record in an attempt to influence the election.  By the way, I wonder why he didn't get a prison sentence ala Dinesh D'Souza?  Duh!
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
George Washington

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin


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