Dan Rather, a veteran journalist who is infamous for spreading fake news about George W. Bush, complained about “false news” on Monday’s episode of The Young Turks.
During the TYT segment, Rather addressed the controversy over Sinclair Broadcasting forcing local anchors to read a script warning viewers against biased and fake news stories.
“Big media corporations are in bed with big government in Washington regardless of which party is in power for their mutual purposes,” he argued. “News anchors looking into the camera and reading a script handed down by a corporate overlord — a script meant to obscure the truth, not elucidate it — is not journalism. It is propaganda.”
He continued, “It is Orwellian. It is on a slippery slope toward some of history’s most destructive forces.”
“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common in corporate media,” Rather concluded. “Unfortunately, some media executives use their local platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda.”
Rather, of course, has his own history with fake news.
He left CBS Evening News in 2005, shortly after reporting on fake documents that were critical of George W Bush’s service in the Air National Guard. Rather apologized for the mistake and admitted that CBS did not properly authenticate the documents.