Have we given out this week’s “Holy Lack of Self Awareness, Batman” award yet? Because I’d like to nominate Dan Rather. He just wrote a scathing Facebook post about Donald Trump’s treatment of the press.
And I quote…
I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump’s fusilade against the press. This is not a moment to be trifled with. It wasn’t his first tirade and it won’t be his last.
I was reminded of my college journalism professor, the late Hugh Cunningham, who would exhort his young charges in a thundering voice to “never let them scare you.” It was his most important lesson. One of Edward R. Murrow’s favorite words was “steady.” That also bears repeating today.
This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict.
I can’t let that one go by without comment. A “dirty, nasty election” he says. Remember 2012, when the leftist media made up a false narrative about the “war on women”? Remember how the leftist media had a fit about Romney putting a dog’s crate on the top of his car, because the dog preferred to ride that way? Remember how the leftist media accused Romney of letting someone’s wife die of cancer? In summary, remember how the leftist media did everything they possibly could to make Mitt Romney, who by all reasonable accounts is not only incredibly polite, but a rather decent human being, into a split-hooved devil?
Okay, moving on…
I know what it is like to sit in those seats and feel the scorn and even wrath of politicians of all political persuasions. Attacking the press for unfair coverage has long been a bipartisan pursuit. Sometimes it works. I am happy to say that more often it doesn’t. But Trump’s brand of vituperation is particularly personal and vicious. It carries with it the drumbeats of threatening violence. It cannot be left unanswered.
Nor can I let this comment go unanswered. Sorry, but “wrath of politicians”? Trump isn’t rolling over and taking it. Is that what you mean by “wrath”? Also, “vituperation”? How long have you been waiting to use that word, Danny boy?
This is not about politics or policy. It’s about protecting our most cherished principles. The relationship between the press and the powerful they cover is by its very definition confrontational. That is how the Founding Fathers envisioned it, with noble clauses of protection enshrined in our Constitution.
Riiiiiiight, ‘protecting our most cherished principles.’ Dan Rather said that. To bring some of you up to speed, this Dan Rather said that. The same former colleague of Katie Couric, whose cherished principles are under question themselves.
Trump exploits people’s distrust of the media and reporters, and people like Dan Rather have given them more than enough reason to distrust the media and reporters.
So it’s rich for Dan Rather to accuse Trump of…well anything. Dan Rather is a giant hypocrite, a liar, and apparently kind of a wuss. No I know, none of this is news. But let’s be honest, always fun to say.