Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather stopped by The View earlier this week and told Joy Behar that he doesn’t think the media have a liberal bias.
Rather, who has been hitting the talk show circuit this month to promote the release of his new book Outspoken, spent several minutes discussing his failed lawsuit against CBS and what he called the corporatizing of the news, banks and insurance companies, much to the detriment of our country.
Then it was Behar’s turn to quiz Rather.
Behar: Some conservatives say that the media has a liberal bias. Do you agree with that?
Rather: No. No. There are plenty of people on the left who think we have a conservative bias, particularly those who work for these large corporations. Is there some bias? Of course there is. There’s bias in life.
Once again, Rather is looking at the media through rose-colored glasses if he can’t even see the liberal media bias that existed during his career at CBS, which he helped contribute to with his reporting.
One of the most egregious examples was the Bush National Guard story that Rather continues to defend even to this day, but which was shown to be highly inaccurate and little more than an attempt by Rather and the network execs to derail Bush’s re-election in 2004.
Behar then asked Rather if he was a liberal and he said he wasn’t, that he is fiercely independent and has voted for presidents of both parties.
He’s independent all right. That’s why he told Larry King in 1998 that Hillary Clinton, who he said he wouldn’t be surprised to see as the Democratic nominee in 2000, was the “Person of the Year.”
And what Republican president could he have possibly voted for? Eisenhower?
Nice try Dan, but you will always be Rather biased to me.