It must've taken a lot of courage for Dan Rather to appear on MSNBC with Chris Matthews and tell him how important “facts” are to “the very foundation of our democracy.” That’s because at one time, Rather didn’t believe that; or rather, his actions spoke louder than his words.
Remember how this former CBS anchor falsified records with the hope of discrediting George W. Bush’s candidacy? Well, he’s back to “pontificate about the importance of truth in journalism and politics,” as Mark Finkelstein put it at Legal Insurrection.
The conversation between Matthews and Rather stemmed from Donald Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s fiery interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd in which she called White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s comments “alternative facts,” which has since become the favorite “gotcha” buzzphrase of the Left.
While Matthews dubbed Conway’s term “a mistake,” Rather was more robust in his response:
To say it was unfortunate is to put it mildly. This was a big mistake. Listen: we cannot, we simply cannot. I don’t mean journalists; I mean writers per se. None of us can go into in this world of alternative facts. Listen: two plus two equals four. That’s a fact. There’s no alternative to it. [Matthews can be heard chuckling off-camera.]
Water runs downhill, that’s a fact. It snows in Alaska. There are sand dunes in Saudi Arabia. These are facts. This idea of alternative facts, this is a propaganda tool.
He speaks as if he has a lot of experience with propaganda.
“Facts, and the truth, or as close as is humanly possible to get to the truth, are at the very foundation of our democracy and dealing with an informed citizenry,” Rather said.
Wait, if you get as close to the truth as humanly possible, is that real truth, or just more alternative facts? We’re confused. Help us Dan Rather; you’re our only hope.