Jewish World Review Jan. 14, 2005 / 4 Shevat 5765
Dan Rather's unlamented departure
The new year dawns dank and melancholy at
least for me. Shuffling off the nation's center stage are my favorite
sanctimonious hinds, Dan Rather and Bill Moyers. Both have been burning
incense before their own graven mugs for years. Soon both will exalt
themselves in solitude.
Moyers was a gifted understudy of his old boss, Lyndon Johnson,
and though he affected piety wherever he went, there was always a whiff of
the thug about his person. How well I recall the revelations of the
journalist Andrew Ferguson, demonstrating that while an independent
contractor of PBS the Rev. Moyers made a fortune. Well, his old boss made a
fortune, too, while working for the government. Why should the Rev. Moyers
not do equally well while working for an organization that at least had a
parasite's attachment to the federal milch cow? After Ferguson's revelations
appeared in The New Republic, Moyers harassed him another page torn from
Yet Moyers is going quietly into the good night. Rather is
leaving indignantly and beclouded by scandal another scandal, I might
add, that would not exist if the liberals of the dominant media culture
would simply admit that they are liberals, that they have a liberal bias,
and that having a bias is normal for journalists and need not cause them to
Of course, in practice many of these liberals do practice
deceit. In the case of Rather, he and his associates at CBS aired a phony
story about the president's National Guard service.
Whether they knew it was a deceit or not, I cannot say but
surely in their cover-up they recognized their deceitfulness. Surely they
knew they were stretching the truth when they claimed that the phony
documents they relied on to support their phony story were provided by
Those "sources" ended up being but one source, Bill Burckett.
And who is he? Burckett is a well-known anti-Bush obsessive. Yet maybe
Rather and his colleagues considered Burckett more than one person, and
maybe his very obsessiveness rendered him unimpeachable in their eyes.
Now in unveiling its 224-page report of Rather's faulty work,
CBS admits that the Rather story was unfair and inaccurate, but there is a
new deceit. The report claims that there is no "basis" for adjudging the
existence of "political bias" in Rather's shabby journalism. Well, as the
shrinks are given to saying, "If it's true for you, it's true for you."
The fact, long established by media pollsters, is that major
media are as dominated by the so-called liberal point of view as are our
universities. I say "so-called liberal point of view" because the modern
liberal is not very liberal, after all. Neither tolerance nor love of
liberty characterizes the point of view of the contemporary liberal, merely
conformity. The liberal point of view is a conformist point of view. What it
conforms to changes year in and year out, but one thing it always stands by
is the demand for rank-and-file conformity. Oh yes, and it demands one more
The conformists at CBS have since Rather's embarrassing report
on the president demonstrated that they are entoiled to the ethical
standards of the liberals' leading ethicist of the last half of the 20th
century, Alger Hiss. Hiss is the master who first demonstrated that the
moral high ground could be attained merely by lying, imperturbably lying,
sempiternally lying. Through every revelation against you, lie. As the
evidence against you mounts, lie. Even if the DNA analysis say the DNA
found on a dress purchased from The Gap discredits your testimony, lie.
So it appears that Rather continues to deceive. It appears that
CBS continues to deceive. Nonetheless, it really does not matter all that
much. Rather is leaving. CBS has slipped so far in the polls that it seems
its news reports are only watched by liberals and ignoramuses. And cable
provides increasingly the kind of diversity that intelligent viewers seek.
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