Accuracy in Media

Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather appeared on the Today show on Tuesday to discuss his new book “What Unites Us” and the state of the media.

Savannah Guthrie asked Rather about a recent poll that showed that nearly half of Americans think the media makes up stories.

“The media itself is under fire. What do you think the media needs to do better to enhance its own credibility? And what do people need to understand about the value of the press?” she asked.

“We need to do a better job, we need to do our job. Our job is to bear witness, to be honest brokers of information, to be as accurate and fair as we possibly can,” Rather said.

“I think most of the public understands that we’re under attack by very powerful people, including the president, for their own partisan, political, and ideological reasons. They’re basically saying believe us, believe only your president and believe only those in power. Don’t believe those out in the press.” he concluded.

Rather’s 44-year career at CBS came to an abrupt end in 2004 after it was revealed that his story that President George W. Bush went AWOL while serving in the Texas Air National Guard was based on forged documents– something that he refuses to this day to acknowledge.

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  • Alberta Ed

    Big talk from Dan Blather.

  • Mike S.

    Rather proves that one can become a colossal loser despite pedigree, education, associations and former employment. He’s the essence of a “sad sack.”

  • mioahu

    You are under attack cause of the lack of honesty, the lies, and the political bias that you have shamelessly put on display since Trump became the candidate. Not that you were not super leftist biased before, but it was a bit more subtle. You deserve it, let your opinion out, report the FACTS ! that’s why you are called reporters. You report only on the subjects that fit your narrative and leave everything else out, or just make up some data to try to fit your narrative. SHAME ON YOU, media !

  • thesafesurfer

    … powerful liberal democrats in the media are attacking the results of a free and fair democrat election with pure, unadulterated propaganda….

  • go 2 h-ll rather. u think i forgot what you tried doing 2 my president in 2004??? i’ll never forget. you are the very definition of #fakenews & mediabias ! #rathergate

  • riverrat119

    If the media had been honest & nailed Mr. O for all the illegal things he pulled I might have more faith in them;however, they either covered it up or didn’t report on his & his administration’s dishonesty. Now, Trump can’t even blow his nose without some ugly, untruthful crap being big news. Even when they give the “Republican” side they drag out crazy John McCain, sore loser Kasick or camera hungry Lindsey Graham to bash Trump or refute anything good he’s trying to do. The polls they tout are so slanted & never seem to include the “heart land” of the country who still support the ideas Trump has for what he hopes to accomplish. How can he succeed with a Congress full of Rinos & idiots who block him at every turn?? Ryan & McConnel are jokes — how could they have screamed for years that they’d repeal ObamaCare when they didn’t even have a plan for replacing it? That’s not Trump’s fault it falls on the head of the Republican Congress — but it’s easier to blame Trump. Do I wish he’d break his “Twitter finger”? You bet I do!! But I still support him & don’t believe a word I hear from the blatently biased, lying media. Rather should be ashamed since he was fired for airing FAKE NEWS at it’s finest!!

  • edwin

    The problem with your objection to Rather is that the story was true. The simple, yet apparently elusive, truth is that CBS’ report on Bush and the National Guard could have (and should have) been broadcast without the controversial memos. And if it had been, the results would have been exactly the same. Meaning, the documents were irrelevant because they provided texture (the supposed frustration of Bush’s commander), not new facts about Bush’s service. Yet journalists pretend the memos are the National Guard story and that without them, questions about Bush’s military dodge disappear. Why do they think that? Based on the coverage , it’s clear that journalists who mocked Rather still don’t have the slightest clue what the established facts of the Guard story are.

  • tds77

    Yes the lamestream media is under attack by the most powerful people, “We the People” of the the United States of America. You have ignored the TRUTH and published socialist and progressive propaganda along with Fake News and outright fabricated hearsay. You have become irrelevant and despised to most of America