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July 30, 2009

Dan Rather Wants News Media Run by Comrade Obama

Posted by Dave Blount at July 30, 2009 10:25 AM

Disgraced left-wing propagandist Dan Rather, whose illustrious career imploded when he tried to torpedo W's reelection with last minute lies about his National Guard service backed up by forged documents, is calling upon Comrade Obama to bail out the dinosaur media that he so risibly personifies.

As if the relationship between the Obama Administration and the news media weren't cozy enough already, former "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather is calling on President Obama to "make recommendations" for the media on how to survive the economic downturn.
Rather spoke at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo. on July 28 and addressed challenges to the news industry, which he described as challenges to the "very survival of American democracy," and insisted the president should step in.
"I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media," Rather said, according to the July 29 Aspen Daily News.
According to the story, Rather said "corporate and political influence" on newsrooms had damaged the industry and was cause for concern.
"A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy and freedom," Rather said in an interview. "This is not something just for journalists to be concerned about, and the loss of jobs and the loss of newspapers, and the diminution of the American press' traditional role of being the watchdog on power. This is something every citizen should be concerned about."

By "truly free and independent," he means controlled by his fellow leftists in the government, and propped up with money expropriated by force.

The absurdity of advocating a Chavez-style government takeover of the news media in the name of preserving democracy shouldn't be lost even on idiots — Blather himself apparently excepted.

fidel castro with dan rather
The Dan and friend in happier times.

On a tip from nancz.