Today’s times are like something right out of a George Orwell’s novel “1984.” And even though Dan Rather is pretty much retired, the 63-year-long journalist is still doing his part in safeguarding the truth.
Rather has spent decades with CBS Evening News and his news continues to offer significant credibility. Rather’s fan base provides a strong platform from which to give his take on the 2016 presidential elections.
Rather was quick to offer his two cents after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway shocked the media on Sunday morning stating that Sean Spicer’s Saturday press conference was not filled with blatant lies about the number of attendees at Trump’s inauguration, just “alternative facts,” even Meet the Press host and interviewer Chuck Todd had to laugh at her ignorance.
Rather found the incident less than humorous, and he took to Facebook to give his take on the issue.
‘These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
‘When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…
‘When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…
‘When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….
‘These are not normal times.
‘The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.
‘What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.
‘Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.’
Do you agree with Rather?