April 5, 2018

As this story notes, it sounds like a late April Fool’s Day joke, but the “progressive” website The Young Turks responded to the Sinclair Broadcasting video about avoiding “fake news” with its own video on the subject, featuring (grab something solid)…Dan Rather. Despite being neither young nor Turkish, the former CBS newsman now works for the site after being let go by CBS due to “Rathergate,” a famous fake news scandal that actually bears his name. That was when he tried to kneecap George W. Bush just before the 2004 election on “60 Minutes” with alleged ROTC documents that were quickly proven to be obvious forgeries by bloggers “in their pajamas” (Rather still insists they were fake, but accurate).

Dan offers several tips on how to avoid falling for “fake news.” They include:

No news outlet is perfect, but trustworthy ones admit when they screwed up (does that mean they don’t keep insisting that proven forgeries are fake, but accurate?)

They don’t rely on just one news source (I agree; until “Roseanne” came along, conservatives had nothing to laugh at on TV if they didn’t tune in CNN and MSNBC occasionally).

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“If you find yourself agreeing with everything your news outlet says, you’re doing it wrong.” Ironically, I again agree, but I’d add that if your news outlet only presents things that it agrees with, it’s doing it wrong, too. That includes thinking that a panel show featuring six liberals and one conservative is “balance.”

Find a commentator whose politics and values differ from yours, and “If you can’t find such a person, maybe the media is not the problem.” I have a standing invitation to liberals to come on my TBN show where I promise they’ll get a friendly welcome and a fair hearing. So far, my problem is finding anyone who’ll take me up on it.

Finally, I want to quote this last one verbatim: “Remember that what the news tells you is far less important than what they decide to talk about in the first place. If they focus on personal, salacious and speculative stories, find a new outlet, one that drills in on issues that actually affect real lives, your wallet or pocketbook, health and education, schools, social justice, the environment.”

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He's right: you can spot bias by "what they decide to talk about." For instance, if your news outlet focuses on “social justice,” that’s a pretty good tip-off that news is not its #1 concern. As for avoiding those that focus on stories that are personal, salacious and speculative, I guess we can all stop watching “60 Minutes” now. And if all the news outlets that are constantly blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton losing had drilled their chosen candidate to focus on voters’ real lives, pocketbooks, health and schools, maybe she should have won.

So how do you know you can trust my site not to be one-sided, unfair and partisan, even though I openly admit to my conservative viewpoint? Well, I just spent most of this article quoting Dan Rather. I even agreed with a lot of what he said. Now, if only he and fellow liberal news reporters would just start acting as if they agreed with it, too, then we’d have some common ground to build on.



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  • Vicki Kuhl

    04/08/2018 05:14 PM

    I just want to know why some news anchors have to start off every single show with "BREAKING NEWS". I have learned to tune that phrase out which could be a bad or dangerous thing. If there really was something of extreme importance I would miss the news! I like the good old days. Where in the world is the next Paul Harvey?

  • Fran Ayars

    04/08/2018 01:55 PM

    It is difficult to trust the news reporters who "make up" information or use unreliable sources. Danny boy is hoping as time passes most listeners will forget his untrust-worthy accomplishments and focus on his experienced wisdom. He was a major, angry disappointment. He didn't expect to be caught in the web he was weaving. I don't give him much respect.

  • Nora Poehlein

    04/08/2018 08:15 AM

    It seems to me that rushing to get the scandal or "news" out there to the people is the root of so many false accusations and bad journalism. If we still believed that gossip was wrong and that being rash and impatient was foolish, we would be able to read news that was worthy of reading. God - please forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. May our souls find forgiveness for our rebellion.

  • Kay Womack

    04/08/2018 03:34 AM

    OAN, one American News is the best station. But some cable companies don't have it. too bad..real news unbiased.

  • Jack macdonald

    04/07/2018 10:48 PM

    Rather is a self serving disgrace as a "journalist" and a human being. Anyone who thinks he alone should decide who should be president is pretty narcisstic. I would also add a total jerk who still doesn't get it. He shouldn't be walking free when he attempted to derail the elective process.

  • Mark Kelan Harbour

    04/07/2018 09:17 PM

    The China Government is sponsoring a new translation of the Bible. I suggest they call it Goliath's Sword.

  • Alan Martin

    04/07/2018 08:43 PM

    Governor, I am also a conservative. I mostly listen to Fox for my news. I used to listen to CNN some for "balance". That ended a few years ago for obvious reasons. I fully support President Trump's initiatives while, at the same time, I do not support many of his personal behaviors. That is another story!
    I happened upon your show tonight and heard you mention your newsletter. I truly enjoy your upbeat, conservative, thoughtful approach to today's issues. I look forward to reading each of your newsletters. By the way, we also have a place on 30A and I saw you on a flight last year and thanked you for your amazing daughter! That appreciation has also grown!
    All the best,
    Alan Martin

  • Richard Bennett

    04/07/2018 07:39 PM

    Dan Rather kneecapped himself when he short-circuited his career trying to target George W. Bush, a Republican. Obviously he wanted a Democratic President. Rather is yesterday's news. Could have been known as a fair-minded newsman, now will have that asterisk by his name ... *Partial Newsman.

  • William Schlumpf

    04/07/2018 05:48 PM

    Poor guy. I really think he believes what he says. I believe he thinks if he says it it must be true. Watched him briefly when I was young but was totally turned off by the facial expressions and body language as he delivered the "news". Thought he was a great actor, I guess, but really overdid it. Could just think "the cause" of leftism is greater than the truth. I feel sorry for him.

  • William Lange

    04/07/2018 04:59 PM

    Amazing to watch Dan Rather pontificate about FAKE NEWS!

    Dan Rather is the poster boy for FAKE NEWS!

  • Don Sherwood

    04/07/2018 04:55 PM

    When someone from the coalition of Liberals/Socialists/Communists/Progressives/Democrats/Femanzis/Educrats/FakeNewsMedia/Millennials/Godless/Anti-Americans/#BLM/ attacks conservatives, you know they clearly understand the concepts, as they have been practicing them, for years. The more heinous the accusation, the more likely, they are doing it at the moment!

    Dan Rather, the sanctimonious, totally discredited, FIRED CBS Anchor earned both titles from his unbelieveable behavior. Shame is not a concept he and the coalition have any clue of the meaning!

  • Barbara Greene

    04/05/2018 10:20 PM

    Dan Rather should just disappear ...he is a has been who destroyed his reputation in the worst HONOR...a total Liberal Fool