June 22, 2006
The way Dan Rather was sent off at CBS News is a testimony to the ego-centrism that afflicts broadcast news. Rather, himself, noted that the story is more about him than about journalism, but of course he made millions over the years precisely because it was a lot about him.
And that’s the problem. The focus is no longer on real news. It’s about the liberal spin on the news and celebrity and looks and making money for advertisers and networks. The old standards, such as they were, no longer apply.
And soon it will be Katie Couric replacing not only rather, but holdover Bob Schieffer. None of thus will make any difference as it has not made at NBC and ABC with the departure of Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings. That’s because they are all liberals, anti-republican, pro-abortion and homosexuality and see the world through exactly the same prism.
If that were ever to change, then changing anchors might have meaning. But as long as everyone thinks the same, they will write the same and the so-called “news” we get from broadcast journalism will sound and look exactly the same. Good night and good luck, Dan.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.