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Dan Rathers Legacy of Outrageous Liberal Bias
Damn Those Conservatives...
The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor.
Leading off the March 16, 1995 CBS Evening News.
Republicans kill the bill to clean up sleazy political fundraising. The business of dirty campaign money will stay business as usual.
CBS Evening News, February 26, 1998.
There was no doubt Republicans in the House had enough votes tonight to pass another key item in their agenda to rip up or re-write government programs going back to the Franklin Roosevelt era. It is a bill making it harder, much harder, to protect health, safety, and the environment.
CBS Evening News, February 28, 1995.
On Capitol Hill, the Republican-controlled House voted mostly along party lines tonight to pass President Bushs federal budget blueprint. This includes his big tax cut plan, partly bankrolled, critics say, through cuts in many federal aid programs for children and education.
CBS Evening News, March 28, 2001.
President Bush tonight outlines his cut-federal-programs-to-get-a-tax-cut plan to Congress and the nation.
CBS Evening News, February 27, 2001.
President Bush insisted today that he was not caving in to big money contributors, big-time lobbyists, and overall industry pressure when he broke a campaign promise to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But the air was thick today with accusations from people who believe thats exactly what happened.
CBS Evening News, March 14, 2001.
...And Damn CBSs Competition
It is not just Congress that is taking a sharp turn to the right. The surge to the right on Capitol Hill is making waves all over the country on openly politically partisan, and sometimes racist, radio.
CBS Evening News, January 4, 1995.
Bush Was Selected, Not Elected
Good evening. Texas Governor George Bush tonight will assume the mantle and the honor of President-elect. This comes 24 hours after a sharply split and, some say, politically and ideologically motivated U.S. Supreme Court ended Vice President Gores contest of the Florida election and, in effect, handed the presidency to Bush.
Beginning the December 13, 2000 CBS Evening News.
As Dan Sees and Decrees
Nineteen days after the presidential election, Floridas Republican Secretary of State is about to announce the winner as she sees it and she decrees it of the states potentially decisive 25 electoral votes. Katherine Harris will officially certify the states election returns....The believed certification as the Republican Secretary of State sees it is coming just hours after a court ordered deadline.... The certification as the Florida Secretary of State sees it and decrees it is being signed.
During CBS News live coverage, November 26, 2000.
Empathizing with Victimized Hero
Have you ever had any anger about President Bush who spent his time during the Vietnam War in the National Guard running, in effect, a campaign that does its best to diminish your service in Vietnam? You have to be at least irritated by that, or have you been?
To Senator John Kerry in an interview shown on the July 22, 2004 CBS Evening News.
Memo to Voters: Dont Buy It
The Republican convention opens in New York to re-nominate George W. Bush and showcase the partys, quote, moderate side. Will voters buy it?
Opening the August 30, 2004 CBS Evening News.
Killed by Bushs Recession
Tonight, savagery in the streets of Iraq. Ten Americans die in a single day, four of them civilians murdered, mutilated and dragged through the streets....What drives American civilians to risk death in Iraq? In this economy it may be, for some, the only job they can find.
Leading off the March 31, 2004 CBS Evening News.
King of the Clinton Fan Club
If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, wed take it right now and walk away winners....Tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and were pulling for her.
To President Clinton, via satellite, at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates meeting, referencing his new CBS Evening News co-anchor Connie Chung.
I hear you talking and, as I have before on this subject, I dont know of anybody, friend or foe, who isnt impressed by your grasp of the details of this [health care] plan. Im not surprised, because you have been working on it so long and listened to so many people.
Interview with Hillary Clinton, 48 Hours, Sept. 22, 1993.
Once a political lightning rod, today she [Hillary Clinton] is political lightning. A crowd pleaser and first-class fundraiser, a person under enormous pressure to step into the arena, this time on her own.
Profiling Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes II, May 26, 1999.
Are Voters Just Stupid?
Mr. Vice President, youve been part of an administration that one can argue has presided over the greatest economic, sustained economic boom in the history of the country. But here you are in the last week of the presidential campaign, in which even by your own estimate youre locked neck and neck with the other guy. Why is that?
In a taped interview with Al and Tipper Gore shown on the November 1, 2000 CBS Evening News.
Bill Clinton An Honest Man
Bill OReilly: I want to ask you flat out, do you think President Clintons an honest man?
Dan Rather: Yes, I think hes an honest man.
OReilly: Do you, really?
Rather: I do.
OReilly: Even though he lied to Jim Lehrers face about the Lewinsky case?
Rather: Who among us has not lied about something?
OReilly: Well, I didnt lie to anybodys face on national television. I dont think you have, have you?
Rather: I dont think I ever have. I hope I never have. But, look, its one thing
OReilly: How can you say hes an honest guy then?
Rather: Well, because I think he is. I think at core hes an honest person. I know that you have a different view. I know that you consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.
Exchange on FNCs The OReilly Factor, May 15, 2001.
Fractured Fairy Tales
I read the book [My Life by Bill Clinton] completely. And I think it compares very favorably with Ulysses S. Grants gold standard of presidential autobiographies.
Dan Rather on CNNs Larry King Live, June 18, 2004.
Impeachment = GOP Coup DEtat
Is or is there not some concern of the public perception, in some quarters, not all of them Democratic, that this is, in fact, a kind of effort at a, quote, coup, that is you have a twice elected, popularly elected President of the United States, and so those that you mention in the Republican Party who dislike him and what he stands for, having been unable to beat him at the polls, have found another way to get him out of office?
Interviewing former GOP Senator Warren Rudman during CBSs live coverage of the start of President Clintons impeachment trial, January 7, 1999.
Dumping All Over Successful Bill
Ken Starr drops another load on President Clinton....Good evening. Just as President Clinton was enjoying a day talking up the economy, officially announcing the first U.S. budget surplus in three decades, Ken Starr hit him again.
Opening the May 26, 1998 CBS Evening News, after Starrs office asked Monica Lewinsky to submit voice, writing and fingerprint samples.
Far-Right Republican Haters
On another front, there could be trouble for the Ken Starr Whitewater investigation. Reports continue to surface that this key witness for the prosecution, David Hale, may have been secretly bankrolled by political activists widely regarded as Clinton opponents, people that Clinton supporters call Republican haters from the far right.
CBS Evening News, April 2, 1998.
Trumpeting Bogus Leak Claims
Al Gore must stand and deliver here tonight as the Democratic Partys presidential nominee, and now Gore must do so against the backdrop of a potentially damaging, carefully-orchestrated story leak about President Clinton. The story is that the Republican-backed special prosecutor, Robert Ray, Ken Starrs successor, has a new grand jury looking into possible criminal charges against the President growing out of Mr. Clintons sex life.
Opening the CBS Evening News, August 17, 2000, the final day of the Democratic convention. The next day, a Carter-appointed federal judge revealed he had inadvertently revealed the news. Rather has never apologized.
No Doubting Liberal Clichés
Everyone knows the rich got richer in the 1980s.
CBS Evening News, October 29, 1992.
Bush & Clinton Both Hard Right
Now to Bill Whitaker covering George W. Bushs talking the right talk, as in Republican hard right, to try to take out Steve Forbes in Iowa and focus on eliminating John McCain in New Hampshire.
CBS Evening News, January 23, 2000.
Bill Clintons been running pretty hard to the right, so far that some Democrats now call him a Republicrat.
To Jesse Jackson during CBSs coverage of the Democratic convention, August 26, 1996.
Happy to Be Communist Slaves
Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.
CBS Evening News, June 17, 1987.
Impressive Gorby, Caring Castro
He [Mikhail Gorbachev] has, as many great leaders have, impressive eyes....Theres a kind of laser-beam stare, a forced quality, you get from Gorbachev that does not come across as something peaceful within himself. Its the look of a kind of human volcano, or hed probably like to describe it as a human nuclear energy plant.
Rather quoted in the May 10, 1990 Seattle Times.
While Fidel Castro, and certainly justified on his record, is widely criticized for a lot of things, there is no question that Castro feels a very deep and abiding connection to those Cubans who are still in Cuba and, I recognize this might be controversial, but theres little doubt in my mind that Fidel Castro was sincere when he said, Listen, we really want this child back here.
During live coverage of the Elian raid, April 22, 2000.
Ruing Right-Wing Hatemongers
Gays and lesbians are beaten to death in the streets with increasing frequency in part due to irrational fear of AIDS but also because hatemongers, from comedians to the worst of the Christian Right, send the message that homosexuals have no value in our society....In the post-Cold-War era, gays have been drafted to replace communists as the new menace to the American Way.
Writing in The Nation, April 11, 1994.
Demanding Immediate Gun Control
Its been a week since a six-year-old Michigan girl was shot dead by another six-year-old. As CBSs Diana Olick reports, the little girls death has many wondering what, if anything, more can be done and asking why Congress hasnt done anything for months.
CBS Evening News, March 7, 2000.
Castigating the Failure to Spend
Senior Americans who saw retirement savings evaporate in the Wall Street meltdown have another financial headache now. It turns out it was all talk and no action with the President and Congress again today on passing any version of Medicare prescription drug coverage.
CBS Evening News, July 23, 2002.
Reform = Poor Kids on the Street
You said this morning that the partys message will focus on the needs and cares of the people. Now, how do you reconcile that with a President who has just signed a, quote, welfare reform bill which by general agreement is going to put a lot of poor children on the street?
Interviewing Democratic Senator Chris Dodd on the CBS Evening News, August 25, 1996.
Walter Mondales Rightward March
This Democratic platform calls for not a single new domestic spending program. In other words, the party continues to march toward what some would call the center, others would say the right.
CBSs Democratic convention coverage, July 19, 1984.
The Ambush that Failed
You and the President were being party to sending missiles to the Ayatollah of Iran. Can you explain how you were supposed to be the you are youre an anti-terrorist expert! Iran was officially a terrorist state....The question is but you made us hypocrites in the face of the world!...How could you sign on to such a policy?!
During a live interview with Vice President George H.W Bush on the CBS Evening News, January 25, 1988.
Sticking by a Fraudulent Hit Piece
Today, on the Internet and elsewhere, some people, including many who are partisan political operatives, concentrated not on the key questions of the overall story, but on the documents that were part of the support of the story. They allege that the documents are fake....The 60 Minutes report was based not solely on the recovered documents, but on a preponderance of the evidence, including documents that were provided by what we consider to be solid sources....If any definitive evidence to the contrary of our story is found, we will report it. So far, there is none.
CBS Evening News, September 10, 2004, two days after his 60 Minutes reporting alleging President George W. Bush failed to fulfill his National Guard service.
Smearing the Document Doubters
Powerful and extremely well-financed forces are concentrating on questions about the documents because they cant deny the fundamental truth of the story. If you cant deny the information, then attack and seek to destroy the credibility of the messenger....I think over the long haul, this will be consistent with our history and our traditions and reputation. We took heat during the McCarthy time, during Vietnam, during civil rights, during Watergate. We havent always been right, but our record is damn good.
Rather quoted in the New York Observer, Sept. 15, 2004.
I dont back down. I dont cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political ideological forces.
Rather quoted in the Sept. 16, 2004 Washington Post.
Anybody who knows me knows that I am not politically motivated, not politically active for Democrats or Republicans, and that Im independent. People who are so passionately partisan politically or ideologically committed basically say, Because he wont report it our way, were going to hang something bad around his neck and choke him with it, check him out of existence if we can, if not make him feel great pain. They know that Im fiercely independent and thats what drives them up a wall.
Rather quoted in USA Today, September 17, 2004.
Both Sides Hit with Liberal Spin
Democrats were quick to portray the ticket as, quote, two Texas oilmen because Cheney was chief of a big Dallas-based oil supply conglomerate. They also blast Cheneys voting record in Congress as, again quote, outside the American mainstream because of Cheneys votes against the Equal Rights for Women Amendment, against a womans right to choose abortion against abortion as Cheney prefers to put it and Cheneys votes against gun control.
Reporting on Bushs selection of Dick Cheney as his running mate, July 25, 2000 CBS Evening News.
Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore officially introduced his history-making running mate today, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut....In their first joint appearance they gave a preview of the Gore-Lieberman fight-back, comeback strategy. Their message: They represent the future, not the past, and they are the ticket of high moral standards most in tune with real mainstream America.
Reporting on Liebermans selection exactly two weeks later, August 8, 2000 CBS Evening News.
What, Me Biased?
Im all news, all the time. Full power, tall tower. I want to break in when news breaks out. Thats my agenda. Now, respectfully, when you start talking about a liberal agenda and all the, quote, liberal bias in the media, I quite frankly, and I say this respectfully but candidly to you, I dont know what youre talking about.
To Denver radio host Mike Rosen, November 28, 1995.
Im in favor of strong defense, tight money, and clean water. I dont know what that makes me. Whatever that makes me, thats what I am.
On the July 19, 2001 Imus in the Morning radio program simulcast on MSNBC.
The test is not the names people call you or accusations by political activists inside or outside your own organization. The test is what goes up on the screen and what comes out of the speaker. I think the public understands that those people are trying to create such a perception because theyre trying to force you to report the news the way they want you to report it. I am not going to do it. I will put up billboard space on 42nd Street. I will wear a sandwich board. I will do whatever is necessary to say I am not going to be cowed by anybodys special political agenda, inside, outside, upside, downside.
Rejecting CBS reporter Bernard Goldbergs charge that CBS exhibits a liberal bias, March 6, 1996 New York Post.
Rathers Ridiculous Ratherisms
This presidential race is hotter than the Devils anvil.
This presidential race, you know, its been crackling like a hickory fire for at least the last hour and a half.
Situation in Ohio would give an aspirin a headache.
John Kerry, his lead is as thin as turnip soup.
CBSs election coverage, November 2, 2004.
Bush has had a lead since the very start, but his lead is now shakier than cafeteria Jell-O.
If youre in the kitchen, Mabel, come back in the front room: 145 for Gore, 130 for Bush, 270 needed to win.
The presidential race, still hotter than a Laredo parking lot.
During CBS News coverage of election night 2000.
In New Hampshire, closest Senate race in the country, this race between Dick Swett and Bob Smith is as hot and tight as a too small bathing suit on a too long car ride back from the beach.
During CBS News 1996 election night coverage.
A lot of tight Senate races out there. Lets hit those chips with another dash of salsa, Ed Bradley.
During CBS News 1994 election night coverage.
I think youre more likely to see the Pope ride through this room on a giraffe.
On the possibility of a CBS News cable channel, to the Philadelphia Inquirers Gail Shister, February 18, 1997.
Mr. Clinton was about as relaxed as a pound of liver.
Referring to his earlier interview with Bill Clinton, January 20, 1993 CBS This Morning.
Stay with CBS now for more news, including: Is there a pall over the mall as holiday shoppers think small?
Previewing an upcoming segment on the CBS Evening News, December 2, 1991.
A Dumb-Ass All My Life
Look, weve made mistakes in the past. Somebody wrote in the paper the other day that I was, quote, boneheaded. Well, of course, its a matter of record Im boneheaded, said, well, this is bizarre. Well, of course Im bizarre, you know, weve known that for a long time...Somebody, I dont know if he put it exactly this way, but he said, well, you know, its a dumb-ass thing hes doing. Well, you know, Ive been a dumb-ass all my life.
On the July 19, 2001 Imus in the Morning discussing the CBS Evening Newss near-blackout of the scandal surrounding Democratic Congressman Gary Condit.
Many more quotes and videos in The Dan Rather File.
A real piece of work. Im watching See BS this evening to see if it has learned its lesson.
Good Job MRC!
Great post. Never forget.
There is one good thing Rather did, his interview with Toby Keith. But I might be prejudiced. Toby would make any interview good! ;)
A useful idiot if there ever was one!
Jenning's you're next!!!!
I will never forget on election night when he gave Ed Bradley the look of death and stared at him like he wanted to maim and kill him. All because Ed gave some numbers showing Bush was going to win Ohio and Rather snickered, Ed Bradley who is not a math professor, only to have Bradley pipe in, "Actually, I used to teach math".
Excellent summary from MRC. Thanks for posting.
Missed the Doofus' Rather and his Saddam piece before the 2nd war in Iraq..."will I see you again".
Dan, Dan who???
Today is the first day of the rest of our lives without Dan Rather. We can now tack his Day in the Sun to the Television History Board along with Captain Kangaroo's. Praise the Lord and pass the FOX.
This list doesn't even begin the cover the outrageous liberal bias that has gone on under Dan Rather's shody legacy.
Off Subject: Speaking of FOX - They were so overboard and breathless about the Michael Jackson crap this morning, I think my poodle was laughing at them.
The list would be long about one item for every day Blather has been on the air.
I met a KGB defector in 1988 or 1989 and he told me that people like Dan Rather, and he mentioned him by name, were USEFUL IDIOTS and in any country that was taken over by the Soviet Union, they would be shot after having served their purpose. "Thank you, Comrad"
...Brrrrrrrrrrrrr - the sound of an automatic weapon. His name was Yuri and he knew.
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