Thursday, March 10, 2005

March 10, 2005 - Dan bin Rather: A Profile in Bias

Hello Thinkers!

Last night I tuned in - albeit late, to Dan bin Rather's final broadcast as CBS Evening News anchor. To my surprise (and to the credit of modern day medication) Bin Rather did not choke up as the sun set on his platform of liberal bias. However, there was a tremendous irony in his final sign off. Bin Rather, for reasons unknown, spoke of courage. With a token tip of the hat to members of the military and victims of the recent tsunami, Bin Rather spoke of courage and explicitly addressed:

"To my fellow journalists in places where reporting the truth means risking all."

To which journalists was Bin Rather referring to? Fox News reporters the exposed the UN Oil for Food scandal? John Stossel? The bloggers who discredited the bogus Bush-bashing TANG reports that Bin Rather drooled over in a 60 Minutes story just weeks before the 2004 election?

Look closely. Bin Rather saluted the courage of his "fellow journalists", meaning those who share his liberal, elitist prism through which he views the world. This prism, ratcheted to the extreme as Bin Rather has done, in conjunction with his utter and unmistakable disdain for things non-liberal, has pushed Bin Rather to the point of being a sociopath.

When confronted with the glaring reality that government issue typewriters from the 1960's cannot produce variable-width fonts and superscripts, Bin Rather exhibited his unique style of courage - stonewalling critics and towing the liberal party line. When the disinfecting power of daylight became obvious to even Bin Rather, his courage reached it's peak with the termination of his subordinates, a delayed retirement and the stunning admission that - OK, the documents may be fake, and the questionable source may have an agenda, but dammit the story is REAL!

Was it courage that made him be the only major media anchorman to avoid the Gary Condit(D) scandal? Was it courage that drove Bin Rather to be the keynote speaker at a Texas Democratic fundraiser?

Lets take a look at some other examples of "Bin Rather courage":

"The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor."
- CBS Evening News, March 16, 1995.

"There was no doubt Republicans in the House had enough votes tonight to pass another key item in their agenda to rip up or re-write government programs going back to the Franklin Roosevelt era. It is a bill making it harder, much harder, to protect health, safety, and the environment."
- CBS Evening News, February 28, 1995.

"The Republican convention opens in New York to re-nominate George W. Bush and showcase the party's, quote, 'moderate side.' Will voters buy it?"
- CBS Evening News, August 30, 2004.

"If we could be one-hundredth as great as you and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been in the White House, we'd take it right now and walk away winners....Tell Mrs. Clinton we respect her and we're pulling for her."
- To President Clinton, via satellite, at a May 27, 1993 CBS affiliates meeting

"I'm all news, all the time. Full power, tall tower. I want to break in when news breaks out. That's my agenda. Now, respectfully, when you start talking about a liberal agenda and all the, quote, 'liberal bias' in the media, I quite frankly, and I say this respectfully but candidly to you, I don't know what you're talking about."
- To Denver radio host Mike Rosen, November 28, 1995.

I'll bet he took alot of crap from his NYC cocktail party crowd for those comments! The meteor has struck Bin Rather's world of uncontested liberal bias. He can only gaze as the dark cloud of independent information sources descends to choke him into obscurity.

Courage! What a joke! Bin Rather has about as much courage as college professor making anti American statements in an ethnic studies class at Colorado University.


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