Skip to comments.Dan Rather: 'Race Will Be a Factor in This Presidential Campaign'
Posted on 04/08/2012 6:53:52 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
With the way the Obama-loving media have mishandled the Trayvon Martin shooting, there's seems to be no question the Left wants race to be an issue in the upcoming elections.
Appearing on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show this weekend, HDNet's Dan Rather ominously said, "Race will be a factor in this presidential campaign"
DAN RATHER, HDNET: But this will be, let's don't forget that race will be a factor in this presidential campaign. Yes, the country can feel good about we elected a person of color, which I did not expect to see in my lifetime. But race will be a factor in this. The fact that the economy is in this strange position that it seems to be doing better but everyone has a sense it's more volatile than we know, its more fragile than we know. And in the end, you know, Chris, I'm a great believer that people vote their pocket books.
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They cracked up his Presidency as a chance to put race BEHIND us.
Yet, ho ho, race is MORE a factor than ever before, hmmm.
I wonder what it will be like if he gets a SECOND TERM, ya know...?
Gosh I wonder.
Paging Captain Obvious. Of course, it will be a factor. They have definitely ensured that.
Zer0 is a white black. So what?
With the left, its ALL about race, when they can’t run on their pathetic record all they can do is bring up race. Yeah, Obama is a “White black” so what, I hate his white side and his black side, I hate every inch of him
That and 50 more completely obvious statements, all on one CD at this very low price!
Of course, race was not a factor in the previous one.
We always elect someone with nothing but a faked background.
white blacks, which race will they vote in 2012?
Ok Dan, we get it, you’re not the one that died this weekend.
September 15, 2004, 5:52 a.m.
The First Rathergate
The CBS anchors precarious relationship with the truth.
By Anne Morse
Critics are calling the media scandal over the Jerry Killian forgeries "Rathergate." But to thousands of Vietnam veterans, the real Rathergate took place 16 years ago when Dan Rather successfully foisted a fraud onto the American people. Then, unlike now, there was no blogosphere to expose him.
On June 2, 1988, CBS aired an hour-long special titled CBS Reports: The Wall Within, which CBS trumpeted as the "rebirth of the TV documentary." It purported to tell the true story of Vietnam through the eyes of six of the men who fought there. And what terrible stories they had to tell.
"I think I was one of the highest trained, underpaid, eighteen-cent-an-hour assassins ever put together by a team of people who knew exactly what they were looking for," said Steve Southards, a Navy SEAL who told Rather he had escaped society to live in the forests of Washington state. Under Rather's gentle coaxing, Southards described slaughtering Vietnamese civilians, making his work appear to be that of the North Vietnamese. "You're telling me that you went into the village, killed people, burned part of the village, then made it appear that the other side had done this?" Rather asked. "Yeah," Steve replied. "It was kill VC, and I was good at what I did." Steve arrived home "in a straitjacket, addicted to alcohol and drugs" knowing that "combat had made him different," Rather intoned. "He asked for help; that's unusual, many vets don't. They hold back until they explode."
Rather then moved on to suicidal veteran named George Grule, who was stationed on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga off the coast of Vietnam during a secret mission. Grule described the horror of watching a friend walk into the spinning propeller of a plane, which chopped him to pieces and sprayed Grule with his blood. The memory of this trauma left Grule, like Steve, unable to function in normal society.
Neither could Mikal Rice, who broke down as he described a grenade attack at Cam Ranh Bay, which blew in half the body of a buddy, "Sergeant Call." "He died in my arms," Rice tearfully recalled. Rice described how the sound of thunder and cars backfiring would regularly trigger his terrible memories.
Most horrific of all were the memories of Terry Bradley, a "fighting sergeant" who told Rather he had skinned alive 50 Vietnamese men, women, and children in one hour and stacked their bodies in piles. "Could you do this for one hour of your life, you stack up every way a body could be mangled, up into a body, an arm, a tit, an eyeball . . . Imagine us over there for a year and doing it intensely," Bradley said. "That is sick." "You've got to be angry about it," Rather replied. "I'm suicidal about it," Bradley responded. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, drug abuse, alcoholism, joblessness, homelessness, suicidal thoughts: These tattered warriors suffered from them all. The The Wall Within was hailed by critics who like the Washington Post's Tom Shales gushed that the documentary was "extraordinarily powerful." There was just one problem: Almost none of it was true.
The truth was uncovered by B.G. Burkett, a Vietnam veteran and author of Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of its Heroes and its History (with Glenna Whitley). Burkett discovered that only one of the vets had actually served in combat. Steve Southards, who'd claimed to be a 16-year-old Navy SEAL assassin, had actually served as an equipment repairman stationed far from combat. Later transferred to Subic Bay in the Philippines, Steve spent most of his time in the brig for repeatedly going AWOL.
And George Gruel, who claimed he was traumatized by the sight of his friend being chopped to pieces by a propeller? Navy records reveal that a propeller accident did take place on the Ticonderoga when Gruel was aboard but that he wasn't around when it happened. During Gruel's tour, the ship had been converted to an antisubmarine warfare carrier which operated, not on "secret mission" along the Vietnam coast, but on training missions off the California coastline. Nevertheless, Burkett notes, Gruel receives $1,952 a month from the Veterans Administration for "psychological trauma" related to an event he only heard about.
Mikal Rice the anguished vet who claimed to have cradled his dying buddy in his arms actually spent his tour as a guard with an MP company at Cam Ranh Bay. He never saw combat. Neither did Terry Bradley, who was not the "fighting sergeant" he'd claimed to be. Instead, military records reveal he served as an ammo handler in the 25th Infantry Division and spent nearly a year in the stockade for being AWOL. That's good news for the hundreds of Vietnamese civilians Bradley claimed to have slaughtered. But it doesn't say much for Dan Rather's credibility.
As Burkett notes, the records of all of these vets were easily checkable through Freedom of Information Act requests of their military records something Rather and his producers simply didn't bother to do. They accepted at face value the lurid tales of atrocities committed in Vietnam and the stories of criminal behavior, drug addiction, and despair at home.
Perhaps that's because this is what they wanted to believe. Says Burkett: The Wall Within "precisely fit what Americans have grown to believe about the Vietnam War and its veterans: They routinely committed war crimes. They came home from an immoral war traumatized, vilified, then pitied. Jobless, homeless, addicted, suicidal, they remain afflicted by inner conflicts, stranded on the fringes of society."
Burkett, who did check the records of the vets Rather interviewed, shared his discoveries with CBS. So did Thomas Turnage, then administrator of the Veterans Administration, who was appalled by Rather's use of bogus statistics on the rates of suicide, homelessness, and mental illness among Vietnam veterans statistics that can also be easily checked. Rather initially refused to comment, and CBS spokeswoman Kim Akhtar said, "The producers stand behind their story. They had enough proof of who they are." For his part, CBS president Howard Stringer defended the network with irrelevancies. "Your criticisms were not shared by a vast majority of our viewers," he sniffed, adding that "CBS News and its affiliates received acclaim from most quarters . . . In sum, this was a broadcast of which we at CBS News and I personally am proud. There are no apologies to make."
Sarah Lee Pilley, who ran a restaurant in Colville, Washington where the CBS crew dined while filming The Wall Within, would not agree. The wife of a retired Marine lieutenant colonel who saw combat in Vietnam, Pilley, said she "got the distinct feeling that CBS had a story they had decided on before they left New York." After interviewing 87 Vietnam veterans, CBS chose the "four or five saddest cases to put on the film," Pilley said. "The factual part of it didn't seem to matter as long as they captured the high drama and emotion that these few individuals offered. We felt all along that CBS committed tremendous exploitation of some very sick individuals."
Why would Dan Rather do such a thing? Partly because the stories of deranged, trip-wire vets is much more dramatic than the true story: That most Vietnam veterans came home to live normal, productive, happy lives. Second, Rather apparently wanted the story of whacked-out Vietnam veterans to be true just as he now wants the Jerry Killian story to be true.
Or maybe despite a preponderance of the evidence he considered the sources of these tales of Vietnam atrocities "unimpeachable." As angry Vietnam veterans began calling CBS to complain about the factual inaccuracies of The Wall Within, Perry Wolff, the executive producer who wrote the documentary, claimed that "No one has attacked us on the facts." Despite the growing evidence that he'd been had, Rather also continued to defend the documentary which is now part of CBS's video history series on the Vietnam War.
Perhaps Vietnam veterans ought to take a page out of the book of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and air television ads exposing Rather's deceits something along the lines of: "Dan Rather lied about his Vietnam documentary. I know. I was there. I saw what happened. When the chips were down, you could not count on Dan Rather."
Certainly, we cannot count on him for the truth. During a 1993 speech to the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Rather criticized his colleagues for competing with entertainment shows for "dead bodies, mayhem, and lurid tales." "We should all be ashamed of what we have and have not done, measured against what we could do," Rather said.
And how long did it take ya to figure *that* out,”Courage”?
Race was a factor in the LAST election. However I thought Bill Clinton was the first black president
WELL NOW...isn’t that sweet............
Rather is a loathesome pig.
Thanks Dan....I predict Obama will have hoodies picketing our streets.
Did Dan also opine about humans needing oxygen to live and water remaining wet?
After 2004, no posting that ever mentions the lying b**t***d’s name should ever be allowed on FR. It gives the guy credibility that he forfeited long ago.
Shun him, exile him from cyberspace.
They are not just “bringing up” race and “women’s issues” — the dems, White House, and MSM are doing everything they can to fan the flames of race and gender war.
“What a keen grasp of the bleedin’ obvious”
I wonder how many times old Dan will vote now that he is legally and officially dead.
Of COURSE it will be - because you and the rest of the Lame-Stream media will MAKE it an issue. And I guarantee it will be based on false stories, lies, and engineered “documents’, just like they tried to do with GW Bush.
If NBC will creatively edit a 911 tape intentionally to make the call sound like a big fat racist Klan member made it - then they won’t hesitate at all to do it to defend their Butt-Buddy-Barack.
Today’s Quote: Give any person a fish and he eats for a day. Give a person a welfare check, a free cell phone with free monthly minutes, food stamps, section 8 housing, a forty-ounce malt liquor, a crack pipe and some Air Jordans, and he votes Democrat for a lifetime.
When voters enter the sanctity of the voting booth, there is absolutely nothing to prevent them from indulging any and every prejudice they might have, and they will. Obama is a disgrace to America and his policies have been an absolute disaster for black people, many of whom we know expected to get some “Obama money”.
The Libs don’t seem to realize that when the Race War starts (which they fomented), their Black “storm troops” won’t be able to tell the difference between a White liberal and a White conservative.
Only in the leftist brains.
We will overcome the race baiters like 0, j, s,
Blacks (other then gangs, who will never change) have become
people that are proud of their accomplishments. I know many who despise
the dictater in the WH for trying to keep racism going and dividing us.
0 and the others are no heros to blacks.
What about content of character and ideas?
Race is neither an advantage or disadvantage.
No Shi’ite Sherlock!
Obama is a white Black.
A certain percentage of the American people remain stupid enough to believe anything spewed out by the MSM, including racially divisive lies.
And a percentage, mostly people of color, will vote for Obummer regardless. The Usurper in Chief could commit sexual atrocities on live TV and still get their vote. Oh well.
But the MAJORITY of Americans see through this crap. Race relations have greatly improved over the last few decades and they know it. (When I was a kid, “Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe” didn’t catch any TIGER by the toe, if ya know what I mean.) Things are vastly better than they were in 1960 and improving to this day.
So I’m not about to panic at the thought of racially explosive charges being made in the election ahead. But I don’t think those charges will go off.
This is better than his “The sun rises in the East” report!
Rather, Wallace, Safer.....all enemies of America, and all were on just one show.
sounds like Dan just gave up MSM campaign strategy number ? of 100
I wish he’d go talk to Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace about this and then get back to us.
A four minute acid trip through the head of a Texan crazier than a shell-shocked bed bug on crystal meth:
“This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O. Turn the lights down, the party just got wilder. It’s cardiac-arrest time in this presidential campaign. He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park. Don’t bet the trailer money yet. It’s too early to say he has the whip hand. Now Florida, that race, the heat from it is hot enough to peel house paint. It’s a ding dong battle back and forth. If he doesn’t carry Florida Slim will have left town. If a frog had side pockets, he’d carry a hand gun. They both have champagne on ice, but after the night is over, they might need a pick axe to open them. This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach. It’s about as complicated as a wiring diagram to some dynamo. Only votes talk - everything else walks. This will show you how tight it is - it’s spandex tight. We’re going to go to some of those longnecks from a long time ago. He’s going to find that people will hang on him like a coat rack. This election swings like one of those pendulum things. This race is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a ‘55 Ford. What we know is that there will be no decision until some of those races are decided. Al Gore has his back to the wall, shirt tails on fire with this race in Florida. You talk about a ding-dong, knock-down, get-up race. When it comes to a race like this, I’m a long distance runner and an all-day hunter. It’s the American way: if you don’t vote, you don’t get to whine. Smelling salts for all Democrats please. Maybe you can bring some perspective on this, we’re plum out. When the going gets weird, anchor men punt. Tipper is probably telling her husband to hook a U, go back to the house to get a recount. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican or a mug wamp, elected officials play it straight. Florida is the whole deal, the real deal, a big deal. The presidential race still hotter than a Laredo parking lot. These returns are running like a squirrel in a cage. It was as hot and squalid as a New York elevator in August. Bush has run through Dixie like a big wheel through a cotton field. This will have the people in Austin standing up like they got stuck with hat pins....in Austin, between the 10 gallon hats and the Willie Nelson head bands. The big burrito out there in California. They’ll be doing back flips in Nashville. It would be Shakespearean for Al Gore to lose because of his home state. I think you would likelier see a hippopotamus run through this room than see George Bush appoint Ralph Nader to the Cabinet. None of this television mumbo jumbo, let’s get in there and count the votes. Frankly we don’t know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon. We’ve lived by the crystal ball, we’re eating so much broken glass. We’re in critical condition.”
I remember the quote about the hippo running through the room, but I forgot the frog with side pockets comment. Now THAT was trippy!
If the media calls Zimmerman a white Hispanic then Obama must be a white African.
Since I read them everything’s been “like” or “as”—similes and metaphors ... I’ve been as jittery as a flea on a hot frying pan, like a scalded dog running out the kitchen back door.
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