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September 28, 2004

Rather full of himself

Guerrilla News Network (sounds reliable don't it?) quotes a June 2002 Dan Rather UK appearance that makes interesting reading in light of recent events.

In June 2002, Dan Rather looked old, defeated, making a confession he dare not speak on American TV about the deadly censorship -- and self-censorship -- which had seized U.S. newsrooms. After September 11, news on the U.S. tube was bound and gagged. Any reporter who stepped out of line, he said, would be professionally lynched as un-American.

"It's an obscene comparison," he said, "but there was a time in South Africa when people would put flaming tires around people's necks if they dissented. In some ways, the fear is that you will be necklaced here. You will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck." No U.S. reporter who values his neck or career will "bore in on the tough questions."

Because anchoring a network news broadcast means you are silenced. Because a seven-million dollar a year salary is the same as being lynched with a burning tire. Because this man is so full of himself that dissenting opinion is sacred unless it is dissent against the ideology of CBS News. Yes, I would say there is something obscene about those comparisons.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 28, 2004 05:35 AM

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