5 votes

Dan Rather: "Stay skeptical and ever-vigilant"

Dan Rather was on Reddit today doing an AMA. One of the top questions he answered pertains to the 'government-media complex', the internet and freedom:

skepticofskeptics -- You have been very outspoken about how "big business" and "big government" collude with the media to propagate their own respective agendas.

"These large corporations, they have things they need from the power structure in Washington, whether it's Republican or Democrat, and of course the people in Washington have things they want the news to be reported," he said. "To put it bluntly, very big business is in bed with very big government in Washington, and has more to do with what the average person sees, hears, and reads than most people know."

In what ways do you think that the government can have the same kind of influence over the availability of internet media? Do you think we can trust Google to resist the same kind of bias and pressure from those in government who may want to influence what we can see and find on the internet?

danratherreport[S] -- the short answer is no - freedom requires constant vigilance and one needs to be constantly skeptical about reassurances on freedom. Stay skeptical and ever-vigilant.

Full post here:
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/154ggg/i_am_dan_rather...

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Rather earns his spook stripes on JFK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiSoxFHyjGY

Dan Rather's account from November 25, 1963

"Give a man a gun, and he could rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he could rob the world."

Rather, a tool of these same

Rather, a tool of these same forces for years now what's us to believe he is awake to this truth? After a career in propaganda are you having a little trouble sleeping in your old age Dan??? WTF

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

I hear ya...

I think you may be right he's experiencing a little repentance. It seems like it started right after 9/11.

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.