Video: Rather: Fox News takes talking points from the White House
posted at 4:28 am on November 18, 2006 by Ian
Former CBS anchor Dan Rather accused Fox News of taking talking points from the White House on Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher”.
BILL MAHER, HOST: I want to bring your attention to something that was on my friend Arianna Huffington’s blog today, the Huffington Post, it was an internal memo from Fox News, an organization I guess that would never hire you. And it says, “Be on the lookout for any statements from the Iraqi insurgents thrilled at the prospect of a Democratic controlled Congress.” That strikes me as the opposite of journalism, as looking for the end of the story before you find what the real truth is.
DAN RATHER: Well, I think it’s fair to say, Bill – in fact I know it is – that Fox News operates, at least in a somewhat different way, than every other news organization that I know, that they have their talking points. In other words, somebody in the hierarchy, whether this is Roger Ailes who runs the place or not, we know that they get talking points from the White House, and they can say, “Well, we don’t always take those talking points.”
Ha! Dan Rather accusing other news organization of taking talking points from the White House! Just another case of the pot calling the kettle.
(hat tip: Newsbusters)