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Transcript of Dan Rather Interview

Corporate Media in Bed with Big Government:
They want the news presented to their mutual benefit, not to the viewer’s benefit.”

“Obama administration is the most secretive White House since Nixon.
“..power of the President has increased since the Nixon times.”

Aljazeera News with John Seigenthaler, 8 Aug 2014

Host JS declares Rather’s statements herein a “clarion call”

unless attributed to JS, all below quotations are Rather’s

(minimal edits for readability)

“Obama administration is the most secretive White House since Nixon.
“..power of the President has increased since the Nixon times.”

Re: Nixon’s administration:

“Listen to the tapes, look at the facts:

The President of the US led a widespread criminal conspiracy out of the oval office itself, and kept it secret.

We’re talking about conversations about killing a reporter, Jack Anderson..

about firebombing buildings to conceal evidence..

about breaking into peoples’ homes, including reporters’ homes, burglarizing homes.

And they were able to keep that secret.

A vicious campaign.”

JS: “Could a Watergate-style cover-up occur today?”

“I’m sorry to say it might be easier because the power of the Presidency, always great, the power of the President has increased since the Nixon times.

“Corporate Media in Bed with Big Government”

speaking to journalist JS (Aljazeera host):

“You and I have been around this business for a while.

We’ve in many ways lost our guts.

We don’t have the guts we once had, that is, the guts to say:

Listen, it may be bad for the ratings, may be bad for the demographics..

Yes, it may hurt me professionally or my career

But you know what, I’m an American journalist.

I believe in quality journalism of integrity.

And whatever it takes to get the truth, or as close as humanly possible to the truth to the public, I’m going to do it.

There’s much more herd journalism today than there’s ever been.

It existed in my day, and I’m not excluding myself from this criticism, perhaps I’m as guilty as many if not most.

Today, Everybody wants to get in the middle and move with the mass because everybody’s afraid.

You’re afraid the powers that be..

How does one say this..

I’m pausing because I want to use language you can use on the air..

Big corporate media is in bed with big government.

Whether the government is in the hands of Republicans or Democrats,

they want the news presented to their mutual benefit, not to the viewer’s benefit.

I think this is dangerous for a country such as ours
where a free and truly independent press is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy.”

Rather expressed similar concerns to Toronto Star in June.