Dan Rather has been the poster boy for the liberal media for decades now. As Dan Rather makes his exit from CBS, I recalled the following which I wrote when Dan Rather left the CBS Evening News following the Rathergate scandal:
The word scandal gets used a lot, especially in politics. This set of events we refer to as Rathergate is a bonafide scandal if there ever was one. I believe this scandal is a watershed moment in the world of media and politics. The bias that those like Brent Bozell have chronicled for years and has been so obvious to those of us on the conservative side who were paying attention, is now naked and visible to even the casual observer. The fact that this moment would be made possible by the man who for many years was seen as the emblem of media bias is so fitting. I remember a particular occassion when I was in college in the mid 1980’s working on Republican campaigns and leaving a candidate’s headquarters where I had been stuffing envelopes. The bumper stickers spotted in a parking lot of a campaign’s headquarters are always partisan and plentiful. I remember laughing out loud at a bumper sticker I had never seen before – it read “CBS is Rather Biased”. That was twenty years ago. Conservatives have waited a long time for this moment to arrive.
“The new Republican majority in Congress took a big step today on its legislative agenda to demolish or damage government aid programs, many of them designed to help children and the poor.”
— Leading off the March 16, 1995 CBS Evening News.
“Republicans kill the bill to clean up sleazy political fundraising. The business of dirty campaign money will stay business as usual.”
— CBS Evening News, February 26, 1998.
“There was no doubt Republicans in the House had enough votes tonight to pass another key item in their agenda to rip up or re-write government programs going back to the Franklin Roosevelt era. It is a bill making it harder, much harder, to protect health, safety, and the environment.”
— CBS Evening News, February 28, 1995.Previous post: Dan Rather Considers Blogging
Update: More at Wizbang Pop.