By Anthony Bialy, Smart Girl Nation
It’s a secret ballot. But yeah, Dan Rather voted for Barack Obama. Now, Walter Cronkite’s replacement wants something in return for having once again voted Democratic in 2008. Namely, he declared in a recent speech at the Aspen Institute that he expects the president to save the media that Dan helped ruin.
Rather wants to put the “free” in free press. That’s according to the Aspen Daily News story about his lecture: “The free press, as established by the First Amendment to the Constitution, ought to operate as a public trust, not solely as a money-making endeavor, Rather argued, and it’s time the government make an effort to ensure the survival of the free press.” The report included his non-profit-minded resolution: “’I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media.’” The good news is that he didn’t ask for a bailout of The New York Times, although we probably shouldn’t give him ideas.
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Presumably, the commission would ensure that presidential candidate-maligning reports based on phony documents would be kept from the airwaves. Right, Dan? Aside from that, the problem from Rather’s perspective is that the type of journalism he admires is so good that people don’t watch or appreciate it. Therefore, he’s insisting that federal overlords intervene. We already have a media venue for people who think along such lines: it’s named NPR, and it’s despised by virtually every single person who involuntarily pays for it.