Poster Boy for Media Bias
Another great article about the life and times of Dan Rather and our media bias…
…Like a herpes sore, Dan is a symptom, rather than the disease. He’s a reflection of an entrenched media mindset. Rest assured there is a legion of Rathers – every bit as delusional, just as willing to twist the news to promote a political agenda – waiting to take his exalted place.
It was Memogate that finally did Dan in – four documents purporting to be from Bush’s CO in the Texas National Guard, about efforts to get preferential treatment for the future president, and dereliction of duty.
The man who supposedly wrote the memos, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, was dead. The dubious documents came from a veteran Democratic operative and Bush-hater in Texas. Experts pointed out that given the equipment on which the memos were composed, they couldn’t possibly have been written in the early 1970s, as alleged.
No matter. CBS and Dan Rather believed the fraudulent documents because CBS and Dan Rather wanted to believe the fraudulent documents, because – once again – in the past presidential campaign, the establishment media operated as an adjunct of the Democratic Party.
…Rather is the CEO of Double Standards ‘R’ Us. For instance, in 1991, the CBS anchor was intensely interested in whether future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had told Anita Hill smutty jokes and pestered her for a date. The affair was indicative of the indignities women suffer in the workplace at the hands of strict-constructionists, Dan declared.
In 1999, Rather was distinctly uninterested about whether, as Arkansas Attorney General, his hero Bill Clinton had brutally raped Juanita Broaddrick. (“Even if it…turns out to be true. It happened a long time ago.”) And, she was probably asking for it anyway – right, Dan?
The most wonderful thing about being Dan, is that after all of partisan pleading (ripping Republicans, slobbering over Democrats), he can still say, with a perfectly straight face: “Anybody who knows me, knows that I am not politically motivated, not politically active for Democrats or Republicans, and that I’m independent.” Rather the way Mussolini was independent in WWII…