Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Hubris of 'The Dan'

I have been somewhat remiss in not reporting on this story, but it puts the character of Dan Rather and most of the other members of the Imperial Media into sharp perspective. As it turns out, Dan Rather gave a speech in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on Monday the 13th. He spoke on the decline of the media, and repeatedly claimed that "What's gone out of fashion is the tough question and the follow up".

Fair enough. A local journalist who was present at Dan's speech, one Jim Walsh, of the local Courier, decided that Dan's complaints deserved a question of their own. So he asked about The Dan's own credibility, specifically referencing The Dan's infamous attempt to sabotage a Presidential election with faked documents. Although The Dan reluctantly answered the original question, he cut off Mr. Walsh's microphone when Walsh attempted to follow up. And the audience, I should add, booed Wlash, accusing him of 'having an agenda' when he approached the microphone.

So it seems that instead of reporters lacking the courage to ask the tough questions and follow up, reporters (at least among the national-press crowd) would prefer to sit in their own little unhinged echo chamber. As for The Dan's hypocritical comments about asking tough questions, I don't recall any member of the national media ever giving a Republican President a pass. Only Democrats receive easy questions from media personnel. And until reporters like The Dan can answer tough questions, I don't think they have any right to complain about the state of the media. After all, it is they who created the lack of trust they currently face.

Hat tip to Captain's Quarters.

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