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Dan Rather: Help Us, Obi-wan Obama, You're Our Only Hope!

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In a development roughly as surprising as a jackrabbit hopping across a two-lane, the former CBS tone poet is back lamenting journalism's sorry decline, and asking for a presidential lifeline:

Back in my day, news-readers were serious!

Dan Rather told an Aspen audience Tuesday that journalism has declined to such a point that it is time for the government to intervene.

Appearing at the Greenwald Pavilion as part of the Aspen Institute's McCloskey Speaker Series, Rather said "traditional journalism is under siege" and called for media reform to become an "immediate national priority."

"A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press," he said.

Rather suggested that President Obama establish a commission on public media and independent reporting.

"I'm throwing it out there for what it's worth," he said.

Yeah, not worth much, Dan, starting with the phrases "President Obama establish" and "independent reporting" being uttered in the same sentence. Though as bad as that idea is, it's arguably better than the Ratherian science on display here:

Likening media consolidation to that of the banking industry, Rather claimed that "roughly 80 percent" of the media is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations.

Roughly!

For a more accurate assessment of media consolidation (even though it's more than five years old), check out the frequency of Ben Compaine's Reason piece "Domination Fantasies: Does Rupert Murdoch control the media? Does anyone?" And for more on Rather's woe-is-media crocodile tears, here's my 2004 obit for Diamond Dan's interesting career. Excerpt:

[H]e was one of journalism's all-time great self-flagellators, always eager to confess blame for the declining standards of the trade, always making sure to spread that blame out nice and thick on the rest of us…and always showing up on time to collect his seven-figure paycheck.

Link via Romenesko.

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  1. So, what is the frequency, Kenneth?

  2. paging RC…. iron law… everything being a priority… come in please

  3. What I like is how everyone just lines up at the trough, rather than objecting to being treated like pigs.

  4. “A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press”

    “So we must have the government run it.”

    WTF? How could anyone seriously make those two statements?

  5. So, the guy complaining about journalism’s decline is the same guy who reported on something that was false because he wanted it to be true? F him, even if I also wanted it to be true. I didn’t tell the country about it.

  6. Courage.

  7. Because the *government* is fiercely independent, duh!

  8. Pot asks government to call kettle black.

  9. “A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press,”

    I have an idea. How about we set up this huge computer network and allow everyone to post on it. Have all of the newspapers put their stories up on it. Then everyone can comment on those stories to make sure they are accurate. Heck, ordinary people could become their own reporters and write stories and opinions about things. Wouldn’t that give us a “fiercly independent press”?

  10. paging RC…. iron law… everything being a priority… come in please

    Happy to oblige. That would be Iron Law Number 2:

    2. If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.

  11. Quick: what character in Atlas Shrugged is Dan Rather?

  12. The kid with no obvious gender and no nose?

  13. or was that from The Fountainhead, or a bad dream i once had?

  14. Dan Rather is the face of journalism’s decline.

  15. The kid with no obvious gender and no nose?

    How did he smell?

    Terrible!

  16. Likening media consolidation to that of the banking industry, Rather claimed that “roughly 80 percent” of the media that he and his self-important colleagues approve of (and would prefer the public gets their Obama-worshiping, left-wing news from) is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations.

  17. Don’t you see, because Obama is in power now a government commission would be independent. Right people in power and all that.

  18. Dan Rather: We must save the Republic by turning it into an Empire.

  19. Rather is a lying cocksucker.

  20. Dan Rather told an Aspen audience Tuesday that journalism has declined to such a point that it is time for the government to intervene.

    At first I thought he was asking to be arrested for fraud and defamation.

  21. Is it still not fascism if the companies are begging to be nationalized?

  22. Well, if a frog had side pockets he’d carry a handgun.

    What that means I will never know.

  23. John @ 11:40

    Right on!

  24. Rather is so convoluted its incredible. He speaks of a free and independent press….well thats what we have. We have an ENORMOUSLY free and independent press thanks to the internet, blogs, etc.

    Rather is quite simply a relic of a bygone era, when a few TV channels and newspapers were the main sources of news for the american people.

    The domination of leftist news is over Dan, heres a dollar, buy a clue!!

  25. I’m going surfing for pics of Paris Hilton and her fiercely independent chihuahua.

  26. Hey, take it easy on Rather. His groundbreaking journalism into Bush’s TANG documents has netted us PROOF of Obama’s birth certificate conspiracy!

  27. Dan Rather knows the score

    Future of a Nation that can not trust the Government & Propaganda Media?
    How many times has the Government & Propaganda Media lied to you?
    Chronic lying as career path or intellectual prostitution for paycheck?
    Gravel Kucinich Paul Nader McKinney Ventura Sheehan Kaptur.
    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
    Poodles, Puppets, Sham debates, Scam elections.
    9/11 liars, AIPAC liars, Federal Reserve liars.
    Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil?
    Greed & corruption or conscience?
    Leaks from Whistleblowers.

    perotcharts.com

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