Dan Rather Asks President Obama to Save Democracy by Helping Rescue the News Business

Jul 30, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, in a speech at the Aspen (Colo.) Institute Tuesday night, called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press, the Aspen Daily News reports.

“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the HDNet newsman was quoted as saying, adding that such a commission on media reform ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive the paper said.

Rather argued that the survival of American democracy depends on it, the newspaper added.

–Tom Gilbert


  1. Such a commission would be useless. The government would reject any proposal that does not favor governmental censorship.

  2. Doesn’t matter. The press is already a mouth organ for Obama and Democrats in general anyway. They would agree with censoring because it would be the other side that would be shut out.

  3. When will Dan Rather shut up? Each time he opens his mouth, he chips away at his ever-shrinking integrity. Why in hell would we ask the government to figure out a way to make a business model for journalism? Ridiculous! This is the land of sink-or-swim, so start paddling, you journalists!

  4. If Rather actually gives a damn about journalism he’ll stop calling himself a journalist. He can start calling himself a comedian, since this stuff he comes up with is pretty funny. If such a mythological commission were formed, I’d love to run it. First thing I’d do would be to ban Dan Rather from all forms of broadcast. Then I’d disband the commission because the medium would be safe.

  5. Our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves!
    Dan Rather goes to the GOVERNMENT to try and get help in managing the press?
    Evidently Dan has forgotten a few of the original concepts for our nation… Actually that doesn’t surprise me.

  6. The liberal answer is always to run to the government for everything, like children run to their mommy. Why are liberals so HELPLESS? Of course Dan wants a commission – he wants Obama to shut down the conservative tv and radio shows that are spanking the liberal entertainment/opinion (can’t call it news) shows. Dan Rather dealt his own blow to journalism when he backed those fake documents about Bush. Shut up Dan! You’re an idiot and a sellout! Nobody respects you anymore!

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