At one point in our not-so-ancient history, we would turn on the nightly news to find some well-dressed, exquisitely-coiffed newsman rationing out the stories of the day, often in a dulcet tone and always with tact and class.
In 2020, the hair is still immaculate, and the suits are still expensive, but there is nothing metered or calm about it. We live in a world of angsty propaganda, where each network seems to have its own agenda aimed at its own political demographic. This is, after all, the easiest way for the mainstream media to split us up into sellable segments for their advertisers.
This transformation has been unflinching in its scope as well, with even legendary anchor Dan Rather turning vitriolic these days.
The veteran journalist was so incensed this week that he even took to insulting Trump supporters outright.
Rather said, “What this presidential election is about is whether the country’s going to move more in the direction of white supremacy or move more in the direction of a multiracial, constitutional republic based on the freedom and the democracy. That’s the proper frame, in which we now should put this election given what the president says, what he’s been doing — this long list of things. No sense going through the litany, but, you know, he knew in early February how serious the coronavirus was, but he repeatedly misled the American people. He said using an excuse and a lie, he didn’t want to spread panic.”
“Well, throughout his entire presidency and particularly during this presidential re-election campaign, he’s been trying to get people panicked,” he continued. “Panicked about dangerous people moving into the suburban neighborhood, panic over immigration. He’s asking us to believe that when it came to the coronavirus, he just didn’t want to spread panic. Anybody who believes this will believe that rocks grow, and we’re going to find out how many people are dumb enough to believe that. I’d like to think that most people in the country recognize it for what it is, and that is an excuse, and it’s a lie, and it’s outrageous, and it’s very dangerous.”
Calling American voters “dumb” is certainly a new low for Rather, and for US journalism as a whole.
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