Legendary newsman Dan Rather posted on Facebook Sunday morning, reacting to Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway’s defense of Sean Spicer’s blatant lies as the Orwellian “alternative facts,” while criticizing the press secretary for threatening reporters and then fleeing without taking any questions.
Rather said in his Facebook post, “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.”
Rather offers advice for fellow reporters trying to deal with the irrational behavior of the new press secretary.
“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.” Rather continued, “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.”
“So here is what I think everyone in the press must do,” Rather wrote. “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.”
Rather ends his post with a reminder for all of us that truth is truth, “alternative truth” is a lie
“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.”
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)