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Monday, August 03, 2009

Tell that to the CBC

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather has issued a plea to the Obama administration to establish a "commission on public media":
“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.

Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive.

At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.

“A truly free and independent press is the red beating heart of democracy and freedom,” Rather said in an interview yesterday afternoon. “This is not something just for journalists to be concerned about, and the loss of jobs and the loss of newspapers, and the diminution of the American press’ traditional role of being the watchdog on power. This is something every citizen should be concerned about.”
In response, James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal has some thoughts on government support for journalists:
A press that is financially dependent on the government cannot be free. Even if it had formal protections against micromanaging by elected officials, socialized journalism would inevitably be compromised journalism. It would be no more independent than a subsidized farmer or a defense contractor.
One might add, as is the case with the CBC, that a press that is dependent on the government will have a vested interest in backing the political party that promises the greatest level of financial support.

(HT: John Stossel)


fernstalbert said...

Why is Dan Rather getting air time? He has been discredited for his shameful manipulation of the facts aka George W. Bush. The only reason he is getting "respect" is because the MSM prefers ficton to fact. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Strange notion coming from the democratic lapdog Dan Rather, but he has a point, but include LARGE fines for BS stories, make them INVESTIGATE the legitimacy of their source and the content, it would kill the AGW crappola in an instant and make reporters more than the regurgitaters of special interest and political propaganda they are now.