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Tuesday, September 20, 2005 

Dan Rather on "New Journalism Order" (He Doesn't Like What He Ushered In)

Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order' (Reuters)

"...there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career. [...] politicians "of every persuasion" had gotten better at applying pressure on the conglomerates that own the broadcast networks [...] along with the "dumbed-down, tarted-up" coverage, the advent of 24-hour cable competition and the chase for ratings and demographics -- has taken its toll on the news business."

Dan, you ushered this in with politically biased and poorly veiled agendas in your reporting. You got the taste of blood during Watergate (along with many others), and couldn’t quit hunting for "the big scoop" that would bring down a powerful politician.

You went as far as to use “less than creditable” sources, that under scrutiny proved to be forgeries, to try and implicate a sitting President in being AWOL during his military career. And YOU wonder why news rooms are scared?

As a side note, HBO Documentary and Family president Sheila Nevins (who was with Rather): "in the documentary world, there's a certain kind of intimidation brought to bear these days, particularly from the religious right." Right... its those crazy Christians holding the media back...