Former CBS anchorman warns of corporate influence over news
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 22, 2009, 00:19
(WMR) -- On
September 16, Dan Rather, the former anchor of the CBS Evening News, warned
that today�s news is shaped by very powerful corporate network owners who �are
in bed with powerful political interests� that are influenced by
government regulatory interests.
Rather spoke at a National Press Club remembrance of his
colleague Walter Cronkite, his predecessor in the CBS Evening News
anchor chair, and Don Hewitt, the late producer of 60 Minutes.
Rather revealed that in his conversations with Cronkite, the
late anchor also believed that corporate interests were shaping the news to the
detriment of objective journalism.
Rather also said that corporations were determining �war
coverage of the lack of coverage.� He also warned that there are �too few
owners of networks and stations.�
Rather was joined on the stage by fellow former CBS newsmen
Daniel Schorr and Marvin Kalb. Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation, also participated in remembering
Cronkite and Hewitt.
All the participants criticized a recent piece written by
Michael Kinsley who charged that Cronkite was merely a person who could read
from a teleprompter. All Cronkite�s former colleagues recalled stories about
Cronkite editing stories based on new information he and his news team
received in as little as seven minutes before the CBS Evening News went
on the air nationwide. All the participants said that Cronkite had a unique
ability to ad lib during hours-long live special events coverage, including
political conventions and national elections, as well as space missions.
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