Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Dan Rather Retiring in March

In honor of Rather's getting the gentle boot out the door, I shall now regale you with a very stale rendition of Rob Schneider's "The Copier Guy" from Saturday Night Live.

THE DANSTER!

THE DANMEISTER!

FORGING COPIES!

PASSING FAKES AS REAL!

THE DANIMAL!

THE FIFTH-DAN BLACK BELT!

IF HE WAS A CARTOON, HE'D BE DANIMATION!

HATES THE PRESIDENT!

TRUSTED A DIRTY-TRICKS SPECIALIST!

HAS EGG ON HIS FACE!

NEEDS TO GO BACK TO HIS COUNTRY OF DANISTAN!

NO TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD IN DANISTAN!

Seriously, though, I'm glad he's leaving. Dan Rather hasn't been a decent reporter since the early 80s. After he got mugged, he got weird. I still don't buy his explanation that he didn't know what he was getting when he received those copies of forged Texas ANG memos. Not double-checking your fact-checkers is something that fictional newscaster Ted Baxter (of Mary Tyler Moore Show fame for you really young kids out there) would do. We expect more from our real newscasters because we place a great trust in them. That great trust is to accurately report what we cannot see for ourselves due to time and distance restraints. With this forged memo scandal, Dan Rather has thrown his entire career into question. "What else has he done to willfully misinform us?" is something we should not have to ask of every single article written by a reporter.

Mind you there's a caveat to willful misinformation. National security issues have to skirt this area on regular occasion. There are times that the public's demand to know, their right to know, and their need to know go in separate directions. That's when willful misinformation is needed. For political campaigns, though, willful misinformation should be provided by the candidate for us to dissect, prove false, and lampoon. It should not be provided by the people who supposedly are trusted to bring us facts in the most objective manner possible.

I think this is why I like talk radio as opposed to television news. At least the biases are more open. It's why we have guys like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Hugh Hewitt. They're willing to admit they have a conservative bias when they talk about the news.

And have you helped switch Hugh's time slot at WIND-AM? See the post below for further details!

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