On a list of news journalists in the field today, few are respected or beloved more than Dan Rather.
A 63-year-long career in journalism, with decades of those spent at the top of his field at CBS Evening News, lends the man quite a bit of credibility and his fan base provides a wide platform from which to give his take on the 2016 presidential elections and the resulting mess with which America has been left.
After White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stunned the media on Sunday morning with her assertion that Sean Spicer’s Saturday press conference was not filled with blatant lies about the number of attendees at Trump’s inauguration, just “alternative facts,” even Meet the Press host and interviewer Chuck Todd had to laugh at her absurdity.
Dan Rather, however, was not amused, and he took to Facebook to give his take on the segment.
‘These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
‘When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…
‘When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…
‘When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….
‘These are not normal times.
‘The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.
‘What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.
‘Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.’
Indeed, Mr. Rather. These are not “normal times” at all.
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