Dan Rather wants Barack Obama to start the ball rolling toward a government takeover of the media, because if this doesn’t happen, America risks losing its freedom. Huh? Yeah, I know:
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,Ã¢â‚¬Â the legendary newsman said.
Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive.
At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.
In the past couple of years, the American press engaged in a gross dereliction of duty and was more ignorant, gullible, distracted and duped than the Trojan guards at the walls of Troy who let the Greeks bring in their cute wooden horse — and now freedom and democracy depends on the survival of this same media?
On the issue of “big media” survival, I’m Darwinist to the core. There’s an evolution going on, so let it happen — it’s just going faster because the extinction of the traditional mainstream media has been accelerated by the mainstream media itself.
If what Rather says is true, and that the government taking a greater role in ensuring the survival of the mainstream media is the only way to save it, then contrary to what ol’ Dan says, the survival of American democracy depends on letting the mainstream press fail.
Reaching into his bag of “Texanisms,” Rather said that if the government doesn’t help the mainstream media, the American press will “go down faster than Barney Frank at a cast party for ‘Rent’.”