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Friday, March 11, 2005

Dropping Anchor

Peter Hart offers a good dissembling of the right-wing nutcase argument that retired CBS anchor Dan Rather is an example of the left-wing media bias.

Reading that article reminded me of the jaw-dropping moment I had when he told David Letterman, on an appearance after the Sept. 11 attacks, that "wherever [Bush] wants me to line up, just tell me where". Having been a journalist for 20 years, I was aghast that the anchor of one of the major news organizations was talking like a soldier ready to take orders, which of course is not the role of a journalist.

Rather and the rest of the media turned into timid propagandists, allowing Bush and his cabal to portray Saddam Hussein as complicit in the Sept. 11 attacks and as armed with WMDs, including nukes, that he would give to terrorists so they could blow up US cities. While some experts and reporters tried in vain to argue that these claims were without merit, CBS, CNN and the others ignored their claims for the most part and instead repeated the now infamous "mushroom cloud" quotes like Bible verses.

Of course we now know better, yet Rather is not losing his job for kowtowing to a zealot, but for using a possibly forged memo as part of a larger story about Bush's National Guard record that in large part was never refuted by Bush. Even the person who typed the memo said that the contents of the memo, while more recently forged, reflected what the actual memos said.

1 Comments:

Blogger Joe Moraca said...

Hey, has anything good ever happen in Gainesville? Seems the world is ending ... I remember living there and having a pretty good time.

2:51 PM

 

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