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As he dubs notion of liberal media bias a “sham”, is Dan Rather offering further proof of his own bias against conservatives?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:27 pm - May 31, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Misrepresenting the Right,Random Thoughts

In his Daily Caller piece on Dan Rather’s Wednesday appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, Jeff Poor reports that “one-time CBS “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather said that allegations that the mainstream media reports news from a liberal perspective have been greatly overstated.”

Poor includes this excerpt from Rather’s remarks on the Comedy Central program:

“It hasn’t been my experience,” [Rather] replied. “Most journalists I grew up with, most journalists I worked with and practiced with were trying to be honest brokers of information. Now, what sometimes got you a reputation of liberal, journalists generally form an apprenticeship covering the police beat at midnight, after midnight, on Saturday night, the charity hospital. Journalists, the best of then, do see a Dickensian side of society that most people don’t see. So when they try to call attention to that, people who don’t like it say, ‘Oh, you’re a liberal.’”

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Dan Rather seems to be assuming that a concern for the less fortunate makes one appear to be liberal?  What then does he make of repeated reports showing conservatives more generous in supporting charities with their own money than are liberals with theirs?

And please note that I title this post with a question and include it in the Random Thoughts category.

NB:  Tweaked the post a tad.

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9 Comments

  1. “It hasn’t been my experience,” [Rather] replied…

    Bias which is unconscious or at least unadmitted, is no less bias for being so.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 31, 2012 @ 11:32 pm - May 31, 2012

  2. Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Bernard Goldberg delivered a coup de grace to the Rather “mystique.” Goldberg pointed out that when Rather was asked in 2004 about the Vietnam Veterans “swiftboating” John Kerry, Rather responded by saying why should anyone care about what happened in Vietnam; it was so long ago it was almost Napoleonic.

    Then, Goldberg continued, only one week later, Rather was reporting on 60 Minutes Wednesday about how he had documents proving that G W Bush manuevered to escape service in Vietnam, Suddenly, Vietnam wasn’t so Napoleonic anymore. Game. Set. Match!

    Comment by T — June 1, 2012 @ 12:47 am - June 1, 2012

  3. Funny, T, just saw that. Hope they post a transcript. Or maybe try to blog from my notes.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — June 1, 2012 @ 12:55 am - June 1, 2012

  4. Rather does sum up the left pretty well. They see poor people in a charity hospital, and their reaction is to call attention to it and demand that “something be done.”

    Conservatives would just go in and take care of those people.

    Comment by V the K — June 1, 2012 @ 6:12 am - June 1, 2012

  5. V,

    They’d demand something be done, demand taking money from someone else, then have a third body do something inefficiently.

    Or that third party would decend only to berate the guy who went in on his own, with a couple of friends, and took care of the problem, for doing it wrong.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 1, 2012 @ 9:07 am - June 1, 2012

  6. The charitable work done in this country by Christian based organizations is unmatched by any other private institution. Other don’t even come close.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — June 1, 2012 @ 9:47 am - June 1, 2012

  7. Dan Rather is in denial.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw (@BlueLantern02) — June 1, 2012 @ 11:16 am - June 1, 2012

  8. Being “Dickensian” does not make one appear more liberal. Being an idiot does.

    Comment by Gunga — June 1, 2012 @ 1:31 pm - June 1, 2012

  9. The way Dan Rather speaks reminds me of Helio’s style. Sorry, don’t take offense, Helio, it’s a complement.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — June 2, 2012 @ 6:45 pm - June 2, 2012

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