Gosh, citizen journalism is awesome, says … Dan Rather

posted at 6:04 pm on June 17, 2009 by Allahpundit

Yeah. What a nifty tool for exposing the lies of state media.

Wait, he’s talking about Iran, isn’t he?

Despite the surface similarities, this is not Tiananmen in 1989. The Christian Science Monitor references the equation, seen on blogs such as Read Write Web, that “Tiananmen + Twitter = Tehran.” The proliferation of information technology and the phenomenon of citizen journalism have made it much harder now to turn the lights out than it was two decades ago. Oral history once kept alive for generations the stories unsanctioned by official propaganda; now social-networking tools have the power to spread the people’s story around the world, instantly.

It is too soon to know or to say how the situation in Iran will turn out, but there are lessons in this for our own country, for a democratic system more fragile than we at times like to believe. One of these lessons is the centrality of freedom of the press to the entire enterprise of democratic government: You cannot have one without the other. And the other is the lesson that citizen journalism is a way for the people to hold on to freedom of the press, even in times of oppression. In a turn of phrase that seems to be cropping up everywhere, the revolution may not be televised…but it very well could be Twittered.

Real Clear Politics has video of him from MSNBC this afternoon explaining that Ahmadinejad’s purely a figurehead (wrong) and that the mullahs are the true power inside the country (wrong). Instead of embedding that, here’s something slightly more substantive: Jon Stewart goofing on Twittermania and the new Rather-esque standard of journalism that it’s creating. The IRGC isn’t laughing.


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Dan Rather? Who is Dan Rather?

Never heard of him.

ZenDraken on June 17, 2009 at 6:11 PM

So full of himself, I bet he’s completely oblivious to the irony here.

Hannibal Smith on June 17, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Leibowitz was pretty good in that clip.

Tuning Spork on June 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Do you think he sees it? I mean really? Can he not?

Elastic Jordan on June 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Dude, I thought he died?

upinak on June 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Worth watching.

the_nile on June 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Kenneth could not be reached for comment.

Wonder why Dan didn’t post this on Power Line?

Del Dolemonte on June 17, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Allah pwned this guy years agoooo
go away dan rathaz

blatantblue on June 17, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Wow…I guess CNN isn’t going to ask Stewart back on to call Tucker Carlson bad names again anytime soon…..

That video was purty damn good though….

BigWyo on June 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Dude, I thought he died?

upinak on June 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

He did. In the fall of 2004.

Del Dolemonte on June 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Kenneth,what’s the frequency.

Jeff from WI on June 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

What is this lying clown even a person of note anymore. He’s totally discredited.

Jeff from WI on June 17, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Give Dan a break….He’s been busier than a 3 legged cat trying to bury a turd on a frozen pond…

…or something….

I was kind of listening to Dan until they switched over to David Sphincter..ummm..Shuster…

There’s a tool….

BigWyo on June 17, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Allah pwned this guy years agoooo
go away dan rathaz

blatantblue on June 17, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Ah, Sept. 2004 – the Golden Age of Allah In the House.

Editor on June 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

How do people take this fool seriously? Seriously, Zero credibility at all. None. Nada.

Savrielle on June 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Hey Dan…put on a paper hat and intern at Hot Air. Ed and Allah take their coffee light with two sugars.

RobCon on June 17, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Fake…but accurate!

DrW on June 17, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Dude, I thought he died?

upinak on June 17, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Dude, Dan Rather is dead. No one has had a chance to tell him yet.

JeffinOrlando on June 17, 2009 at 6:24 PM

What is this lying clown even a person of note anymore. He’s totally discredited.

He’s a legend in his own mind.

whitetop on June 17, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Ah, Sept. 2004 – the Golden Age of Allah In the House.

Editor on June 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Allah totally

idk man

just gave rather a virtual biatch slap

or like this , at 5:00

blatantblue on June 17, 2009 at 6:27 PM

A

llah pwned this guy years agoooo
go away dan rathaz

blatantblue on June 17, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Ah, Sept. 2004 – the Golden Age of Allah In the House.

Editor on June 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Perhaps, but I still blame Rather for the demise of AIITH.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 17, 2009 at 6:28 PM

#courage

Christien on June 17, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Some of these news guys are like senators….they just refuse to retire and get out of the way.

Dan’s real specialty was reporting on hurricanes. After his disgrace the last time I saw him on TV he was strapped to a pole trying to whip up some excitement about a tropical storm. Heck, even the weather won’t help old Dan out. We haven’t had a ripper of a hurricane season for years.

Maybe he can get an interview with Barry and they can have a fly killing competition.

Cody1991 on June 17, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Is it true Obama’s next book is “Obama’s Fairy Tales”? Should be a hit, with copious footnotes!

Cybergeezer on June 17, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Ah, Sept. 2004 – the Golden Age of Allah In the House.
Editor on June 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Yeah – we miss it, like that line about the early Woody Allen movies – “the earlier, funny ones”.
You could have at least archived it somewhere, with the Photoshops.

TexasJew on June 17, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Haven’t watched that jerk since he was a reporter in Vietnam.

Eagles Dominion on June 17, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Hey! Obamamessiah! I can get you on you tube; Can I use the Red Room? I’ll wash your feet on TV!

Cybergeezer on June 17, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Forget Rather, idiot savant that he is, but Steward mocking CNN, now that’s news.

patrick neid on June 17, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Dan Rather, Yeah I think I heard about him. Isn’t he some troll hiding in his basement in his pajamas trying to make news?

Kuffar on June 17, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Here’s a little bit of Classic Allah-in-the-house when he had a great sense of humor.
It shows Dan Rather as the kid on a bike, and Mary Mapes as ET. September 24, 2004.
http://web.archive.org/web/20040924003957/http://allahpundit.com/
Many of the Photoshops he did were even funnier..
Sure beats posting Meghan McCain’s fat hillbilly tuchis ad infinitum.
Tell me this kind of thing would not get over 100,000 hits!

TexasJew on June 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM

That video was purty damn good though….

BigWyo on June 17, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Agreed…

ladyingray on June 17, 2009 at 6:47 PM

What an F’n moron Rather is. I truly believe he’s more arrogant that Obama, and that’s hard to do.

jaimo on June 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Yeah. What a nifty tool for exposing the lies of state media.

Fixed

Cicero43 on June 17, 2009 at 6:54 PM

At heart, a liberal must be a hypocrite.

jukin on June 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM

finally something funny from stewart.

SHARPTOOTH on June 17, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Stewart clip more news than ABC could provide from the Blue Room…

mjbrooks3 on June 17, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Rather was a Commie Lover back in Nam too. His hero is Jane “Let’s Kill Some American Pilots” Fonda.

Jeff from WI on June 17, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Tell me this kind of thing would not get over 100,000 hits!

TexasJew on June 17, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I miss that Allah. frownie face.

I_C on June 17, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Jon Stewart, lol @ CNN MSM

A shame that his humor detracts from the serious situation facing Iran, facing the world.

Rather, the has been, is pathetic. He hasn’t even tried to keep up with the news.

maverick muse on June 17, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Rather is pathetic.He’s the male version of Helen Thomas. Both are senile old bags of bones that would be better off at home cleaning their dentures and watching The Lawrence Welk Show.

Jeff from WI on June 17, 2009 at 10:28 PM

I_C on June 17, 2009 at 8:34 PM

And remember this link list of attractive female bloggers (still on the link):
SATANS WHO MAKE ALLAH FEEL A LITTLE FUNNY IN THE PANTS

Brilliant!

TexasJew on June 17, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Gosh, citizen journalism is awesome, says … Dan Rather

Citizen journalists nailed your sorry lying ass Danny. You had a chance to come clean, and failed. Now live with it!

byteshredder on June 18, 2009 at 1:01 AM

And remember this link list of attractive female bloggers (still on the link):
SATANS WHO MAKE ALLAH FEEL A LITTLE FUNNY IN THE PANTS

Brilliant!

TexasJew on June 17, 2009 at 11:07 PM

brilliant, and desperately missed. so very much.

I_C on June 18, 2009 at 2:37 AM

Dan Rather, “citizen journalism”….

clueless is as clueless does.

cruadin on June 18, 2009 at 6:31 AM

I hear he’s starting his own blog called “Superscript.”

TheUnrepentantGeek on June 18, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Rather…rested..refreshed…and crazier than an out house rat!

Jeff from WI on June 18, 2009 at 1:01 PM