Just Say Goodbye, Dan
Andrew Skip March reacts to Brent Bozell's good riddance piece on Dan Rather:
Brent Bozell on Dan Rather
To be sure Dan Rather's demise at CBS is as much his own doing as anything. Between his none to subtle bias and allowance for fabrication in his reporting and occasional emotional breakdowns on air, you gotta say enough is enough. HEY DAN....IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU! But maybe more importantly, his personal demise parallels the decline of the personality cult around news anchors and the belief that one maybe two sources for news and information are enough. It maybe though that CBS has not read the writing on the wall by hiring Katie Couric.
There was a time when the news was driven almost exclusively by The New York Times and CBS News....and Walter Cronkite was "the most trusted man in America". This is by no means to say that Walter Cronkite was not trustworthy..in fact I believe he was. But people have points of view and their bias has to creep in eventually....it did with Vietnam.
The evolution of talk radio and Fox News grew out of a natural opposition to this monopoly and personality cult. Certainly there are notable personalities that have grown out of this opposition, like Rush Limbaugh. But today we have choices and the opportunity to seek out other sources to question what is headlined and reported. The Big Three Networks' vehement opposition to these new sources is ideological as well as economic, as their marketshare erodes as well as their choking grasp on the national psyche. Credibility dictates that there be accountability. In our society, this is thankfully not the government's job with the news, rather it is the news organizations themselves and the choices that we all should have and make.
I actually watched his interview with the founder of Whole Foods last week. It was the first time I have watched a 60 Minutes CBS show in many years. He actually did a reasonable interview with little anti-capitalist mud-slinging. Maybe the subject was more interesting than Rather’s world views. And maybe the idea that his legacy is one of over-the-top liberalism forced him to handle the final CBS interview straight.