Dan Rather Blames Internet Media Which Caught Him Lying for Decline in Journalism


And by “Journalism”, Dan Rather means lying.

Rather said good reporting was in decline, and with the “new Internet,” “traditional journalism” remains “so susceptible to manipulation, deception, and distraction that it allows lies to get started and then spread like mildew in a damp basement.”

Rather and Schultz were criticizing conservative new media outlets like Breitbart News for writing stories about President Barack Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s refusal to disclose financial documents in his confirmation hearings.

Rather sorrowfully recounted his glory days, when the American mainstream media “was the gold standard for the world.” If a reporter received false information from a source, he claimed, “he found it out because he wore out shoe leather, he made telephone calls, his organization had other reporters who would check it out, and they’ve exposed the lie.”

The last time Dan Rather wore out his shoe leather, he was chasing after Richard Nixon. The American media has not been the gold standard for the world since the country was on the gold standard. It was just big. Now it’s getting smaller.

The entire media has become a classier version of BuzzFeed combining such vital topics as amusing internet videos, celebrity mishaps and left-wing think-tank talking points into bland stories.

Occasionally someone in the media will write an actual in-depth story, a prestige piece that reminds you of what the media used to be even twenty years ago. But these stories will invariably be on non-political issues or political issues that the left doesn’t really care about because they’re overseas. The rest of the time even the prestige pieces are just a collection of talking points with biographical backing.

The media killed its own credibility when it went from inserting bias into legitimate coverage to turning its bias into the coverage. Like the Boston Globe cover up top, they’re no longer pretending. There is no difference between DailyKos, Think Progress and the Boston Globe.

And who helped make that happen? Dan Rather, who exists as a reminder of a time when a media figure would actually be fired for telling a lie.

  • JacksonPearson

    LMAO. Dan Rather shot himself in the foot, and is still wearing a big band-aid across his butt.
    Move on Dan, find a retirement hole to crawl into, and STFU. You did it all to yourself!

  • Watermelonbeast

    When I was in high school outside of Washington, D.C. My television production class had a tour of the local CBS affliate and we were supposed to meet Dan Rather. He blew us off and walked right by us and never made eye contact. He couldn't even take the time to spend 15 seconds with us. Later, I met a cab driver that had him as a fare. He was supposedly a total jerk. You can tell a lot about a person in how they treat the little people.

    • Mary Sue

      Dan Rather's always been an arrogant, elitist S.O.B.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Color this American-Israeli blogger part of the "witch hunt" against the likes of the liars in the MSM, as well as the reprobates in Washington and beyond, whether the codgers like it or not. The beat goes on.

    Is this the media Rather would rather (no pun intended) the "unwashed masses" rely on? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/01/what-happens-
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/30/u-s-leftist-m

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Mary Sue

    Dan Rather: It's like a guy can't make up his own facts and news anymore!

  • Edward Cline

    I don't miss Dan Rather, nor any of the other familiar faces (Chet Huntley, David Brinkly, et al.) that used to report the "news." I hated having to watch Rather look out at the nation with that accusing, condescending look, and deliver the "news" in a pontificating, patronizing tone that one would adopt if one were addressing a class of morons. But, pre-Internet, there wasn't much choice. Rather and his ilk have been succeeded by others groomed for the same kind of polished dissimulation. The worst is Brian Williams. The least worst are Ed Schultz and Chris Matthews, who are just blowhard clowns. But, that's modern "journalism." Thank someone for the Internet, and not Al Gore.

    • Arlie

      People need be educated consumers, especially of "news". We have the first amendment, so people can say whatever they want but it does not mean it is true. America has been dumbed-down by tv consumption and then thru institutionalized "education". Principles, Values, and Morals have been compromised and the old media will hopefully be shown for the corrupt enterprise of propaganda that it is.

      The internet was started when a message sent over ARPANet from computer Science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at UCLA after a 2nd piece of network equipment was installed at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet

  • m mcL

    W got special treatment. There's no way he'd see action. Rather got fired for it.

    • HoR_Emperor

      Your post is nothing more than statements of faith unmoored in any sort of fact or reality.