Dan Rather, former anchorman for CBS evening news, after working for 44 years with the network abruptly resigned only six months after a story on Bush's military service was publicized which, harmed the reputation of CBS in 2004.
Rather was either let go or told to resign…or whatever…we will probably never know what really happened…but two years later he has been eagerly asked to join the media industry once again by internet millionaire, Mark Cuban.
Now, Maverick’s owner, Mark Cuban, is currently starting a new form of media called HD (high-definition) Net. Cuban wants Rather to be the main producer and Cuban trusts that he will do a damn good job of uncovering corporate crime. According to Cuban’s blog posted on June 19, “Right is its own defense (referring to Dan Rather) I’m going to do what I think is best. Period end of story,” Cuban said.
Since then, there are so many questions and assumptions people have made regarding this issue including: whether the documents about the President, presented to the public were fraudulent or altered in anyway. Was Dan Rather reporting on CBS’s agenda or did he have his own take on the situation?
As a result, blogging has become a problematic invention. Is a blogger considered a journalist...or even more mind boggling…can a journalist be a blogger?
I read this book in a Bias and Objectivity class I took written by former CBS anchor, Bernard Goldberg called “Bias.” According to Goldberg, Dan Rather (which he called “the Dan”) were close friends for many years…until Goldberg realized how bias and self-absorbed Rather became.
Bernard Goldberg would argue that, with nearly 30 year of working with CBS News and winning six Emmy awards at the network, the media far too often ignores their primary objective…to inform, educate and entertain the public in a fair and balanced manner.
When Goldberg came out of his coma and realized how far the news had been slanted leftward, he immediately attempted to petition to reporters (including Rather), producers and network executives for more balanced news coverage. His tactic though, was never instantly resolved and ended up being a huge mainstream downpour consisting of only left-wing views.
The continuation of this misleading bias in the news has lead Goldberg to believe that liberals have taken over news media and have swayed mainstream news reporters to solely cover liberal-based topics and sweep conservative issues “under the rug.”
Goldberg instantaneously caught on to this scandal and was determined to bring it to an end by convincing people that news networks no longer inform you of what is going on in the world but instead filter and edit out what they believe should be heard.
His best seller, “Bias”, accredited him greatly to some audiences but at the same time created great tension with his former colleagues at CBS. Dan Rather, also known as “The Dan,” did not find Goldberg’s concerns to be appropriately addressed publicly and made a consciousness decision to work against his former affiliate.
According to Goldberg, any reporter whose reputation is put on the line for bias behavior will do anything in their power to overcome and alleviate the situation.
When Goldberg informed Rather that he had written a piece for the Wall Street Journal, knowing that Rather would not be thrilled by it, “The Dan,” says, “We were friends yesterday, were friend today, and we’ll be friends tomorrow.” This clearly was not the case. Goldberg is now considered “a non-person,” for ragging on all of his colleagues mainly because they all practice liberal reporting and refuse to confess their wrong doings
The NY Times’ Best Seller, “Bias” really made an influence on the way I view different networks in the media and journalism in general. Bernard Goldberg worked across from Dan Rather for over a decade and has nothing nice to say about the man.
But then I read the first two paragraphs of an article written in a Reuters news report that say’s, “”NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Calling it a "sad, bloody story," veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace expressed regret about Dan Rather's departure from CBS News but said Rather wasn't finished yet.””
CBS News tribute Dan Rather and state, “His day-to-day commitment to substantive, fair and accurate news reporting and his tough, active style have earned him a position of respect among his peers and the public. Often referred to as "the hardest working man in broadcast journalism,"
I don't think people realize how this scandal has massively affected the journalism industry. People are having a hard time choosing information in which, they should believe or disregard. Reporters are now seen as the enemy in a lot of cases…the ones that are forcing false information into our heads and as a result are influencing our culture to their likings.
I honestly do not know what to believe…I didn’t know the guy. But from what I understand he has people that idolize him and people that despise him….not just that despise him…but public enemies that will do anything to ruin his reputation and career (like Goldberg mentions)….how does this man sleep at night?
All of these moral and ethical standards are coming into play and it is in my opinion making journalists seem insignificant, unnecessary and self-centered advocates wanting to voice their own opinions politically, economically and socially….in hopes having some sort of control or influence over the nations whereabouts.
Now granted, I know for a fact that not all journalists have ulterior motives (and the ones that do are spoiling it for the rest of us); but all journalists do have their own bias that was formed by either there upbringing, background or life experiences that will unfortunately slip into the cracks of some of their news coverage…I think Dan Rather fits in neither category...he is one of those people who thinks he is always right in his decisions…and his ego will therefore, follow him through his journalism career.
From a futuristic perspective, the Internet is the most utilized and talked about, form of media that people are going to, to get their news...and as we all know…there are several immoral and/or unethical content that already exists on the web. The main question of my concern is…how is this event going to add to the already corrupt media outlet and how will it affect future journalists?
And also Mark Cuban’s new “High-definition Net” invention seems to be the newest discovered form of media. We can soon get our news, sports and movies in high-definition according to a recent interview with Cuban (pcworld.com). Cuban made it sound huge….like everyone is going to get HD, prices will decrease for common folk, all the TV networks (their still working on Comcast) will get on the band-wagon, PC’s will sell out and it will be the newest technology available.
Is it only another outlet for bad press and media to corrupt or could it be a “clean slate” for future journalists? Well…Dan Rather will be the investigative news producer starting out…and people will either learn to love him and trust him for their news or they will learn to tolerate his input….because I can guarantee that if he signs with Cuban...he’s going to be around for a long while.