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Dan Rather Takes Kellyanne Conway To The Woodshed; Advises The Media On How To Handle Lies

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Dan Rather records an episode of his show, Dan Rather's America, on SiriusXM at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

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After Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway had the gall to defend blatant Trump administration lies as “alternative facts,” Dan Rather, one of the few real journalists left in our country, took to Facebook and called for action.

“These are not normal times,” Rather said. “These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”

Conway wasn’t the only person who suffered Rather’s wrath, but he called her phrase “Orwellian,” which it was. Rather also talked about Sean Spicer, who, as he said, threatened, bullied and lied to reporters before walking out of the briefing room without even answering a question. He also called out the administration for its lies.

Rather remarked that we’ve never seen this before, but he has some suggestions for the media. The first of which is to not be afraid to call a lie a lie. Even more than from the press, though, Rather wants to see that kind of bravery come from Congress.

There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.

It’s true. If the media does its job, the truth will win out and “alternative fact” will be called simply, “lies.”

These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…

When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

These are not normal times.

The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.

What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.

There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”  ~  Theodore Roosevelt

Wendy Gittleson

2 thoughts on “Dan Rather Takes Kellyanne Conway To The Woodshed; Advises The Media On How To Handle Lies

  1. There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

    I agree but the Clintons and BarryO certainly got a pass on this scrutiny.

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  2. The lies are unprecedented in the history of our country. Lies as news is Mr. Trump’s agenda. He would prefer the media defend against lies than report over a million people in the street across this country and the world. Mr. Rather is one of the few actual reporter/journalists we have. His call to always challenge the Republicans on the lies must be coupled with questions on legislative actions and how people, not just the super rich and corporations, are effected and hurt by their actions. Some people will never believe Mr. Trump and his cronies are lying but so many more of us can discern fact from fiction. These people, us, will be voting in 2018.

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