Accuracy in Media

dan rather with larry king

Maybe he’s getting mellower as he gets older. Nevertheless, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather surprised conservatives and liberals alike when he defended Fox News against charges that it is part of the Republican Party.

Rather was asked about the Fox-GOP connection in an interview with Larry King:

KING: Do you think the thought that Fox News Channel is an actual part of the Republican Party?

RATHER: No….. I understand that argument. I think it goes too far, which is to say, I think Ailes is, considers himself still a part of the Republican Party. I think insofar as he is able to, that he wants his channel to be that way. But I don’t want to indict everybody at Fox News Channel. Because I know some of the pros there who are pretty good. I don’t want to dance around your question, but I do think that Roger Ailes, I would say this about him. He is a very good businessman. He’s very smart about television. And he built a network, when I for one was not all sure he could do so. And has he used it to benefit the Republican Party? Yes, the record is very clear on that. But is it a sole, operative and propaganda machine for the party? I’d have to stop short of that.

This accusation first came up in 2009 when White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn, was withering from the constant stream of negative stories on President Obama. She told CNN that Fox News “often operates as the research arm of the Republican Party,” a charge that has been recently revived with Gabe Sherman’s new book about Fox CEO Roger Ailes.

But Fox has consistently been one of, if not the most balanced cable news networks, hiring a bevy of liberals over the years, while second place MSNBC has just a few token Republicans, and is constantly doing the bidding of the Democratic National Committee.

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  • bob570

    If you want to talk about Propagandists, Rather is quite an expert at it. I remember in the 90’s when the Russians were throwing off Communism, for democracy, and freedom Rather did a couple of “News” yarns about how many Russians, about 1% according to election results, longed for the return of Communism.

  • stringman

    Rather!?!? What a ‘party guy’, dancing away while all the time claiming he doesn’t want to dance. I wouldn’t say he, personally, is killing the golden goose. He’s just holding it down while all his leftist buddies murder it. And I would put the chances that Ailes voted for McCain or Romney at less than zero. Fox anchors? About half. Probably less.

    OK let me put it this way: If Rather was an astronomer, he would still be putting the earth at the center of the solar system. The man is a moron…..even by leftist standards.