Skip to comments.Rather bows out tonight, a vet of TV's ups, downs [Free Republic credited]
Posted on 03/09/2005 1:30:41 AM PST by Jim RobinsonEdited on 03/09/2005 1:38:23 AM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]
In January, the conservative and widely respected Heritage Foundation held a panel discussion called "Rather is Retiring: Is the Blogosphere the New Media Establishment?"
It was a moment to take stock. Significant trends have swept America in a few short years: the rise of the political right, the proliferation of Internet use and a growing grass-roots challenge to information supplied by the mainstream media.
Rather's career embodies the rise and fall of TV news and the culture it has represented for the past four decades a culture now besieged on every front by political, technological and economic forces unimagined in 1963.
The ensuing decade would be a great one for television journalism. News-division heads and young Turks like Rather were unafraid to confront and show to viewers the ugly side of authority. TV was every bit as bold as print and its impact greater. Yet later, many people came to see this period of media triumph as its undoing. While the news rose in prestige and influence, its popularity among average citizens began to decline in polls. Along the way were sown the seeds of a perceived bias and arrogance.
During this period, Rather thrived. He also became identified with liberal values that some thought affected his judgment and that over the years made him a target for media critics none more zealous than the new, politically motivated generation of bloggers.
In part thanks to them, Rather will exit his evening newscast under mixed skies. His role in the story known as "Memogate" on the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes" puts an asterisk next to more than 40 years of often stellar coverage, from John F. Kennedy's assassination to Abu Ghraib.
To be nit picky, Free Republic isn't a blog. No biggie.
Shoddy journalism? Is outright fraud to influence a federal election now called shoddy journalism?
|Blogged Down [Whine Alert] ^
|Posted by Coastal
On News/Activism ^ 03/07/2005 6:14:21 PM CST · 14 replies · 283+ views
The American Prospect ^ | March 4. 2005 | Garance Franke-Ruta
During one especially hectic week in mid-February, the Internet took three scalps in what appeared to be unrelated events. Liberal bloggers forced Talon News White House correspondent James D. Guckert, a k a Jeff Gannon, to resign after it was revealed that he was writing under a false name for a Republican activist group (GOPUSA), that he was not really a journalist at all, and that he had posed nude on the Internet in an effort to solicit sex for money. Conservative bloggers, meanwhile, created a firestorm after Eason Jordan, the chief news executive for CNN, made controversial remarks during...
|It's finally time to quit ^
|Posted by Ellesu
On News/Activism ^ 03/07/2005 8:16:00 AM CST · 3 replies · 519+ views
timesheraldonline.com ^ | 03/07/05 | Joseph Perkins
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau Some of my friends wonder aloud if I am suffering some sort of "midlife crisis." They cannot fathom, for the life of them, why I would retire, in my mid-40s, from my writing job at The San Diego Union-Tribune; why I would forfeit my nationally syndicated column. Well, after nearly 15 years of daily deadlines, writing three to four editorials a week in addition to a column, this seems as good a time as any to walk away from the grind. As the latter-day philosopher Clint Eastwood...
Guess we'll just have to get used to the fact that we're "bloggers." The label has stuck.
Anything new on the MD4BUSH case?
"Dan Rather, signing off..."
'Tis a pity that the traditional practice of tarring, feathering and riding out of town on a rail is out of style. It's what Rather deserves.
No! Absolutely not! Don't let them try to downgrade it to something subjective and individual like a blog. FR is a forum where news, ideas, and opinions are exchanged. The interaction between posters serves to develop and refine the positions to a much more sophisticated level than available in other media.
"Just think, you won't have Rather to kick around anymore"
I still think you should be given some special award by Congress for your singlehanded restructuring of the News and Political landscape. giving the american people the voice and power to make changes that were long overdue. Thank You Jim.
I HATE that term.
I think it is a biggie... We arent a blog. This is your average blog:
|posted by: anonyblogger (3-9-2005 3:01 pm)
|I think pretzels are too high in sodium. I am for making them illegal. Anyone agree?
|posted by: someguy (3-9-2005 4:45 pm)
|Totally agree dude!
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