In both, Rather was unmistakably critical of the president for not canceling a campaign fundraiser in order to micromanage last week's power blackout. "So that's the reason he hasn't been in Washington," sneered Rather.
Rather wasn't satisfied with reporter Bill Plante's insufficiently critical explanation that President Bush had decided not to call off the scheduled fundraiser because he believed the blackout was accidental and not the work of terrorists.
Rather was indignant that Andrew Card, "not an elected official, will be in charge." Rather huffed, "Where is Vice President Cheney, and why wouldn't he be in charge since the president is not in Washington?"
When Plante again refused to take the bait and pile on the administration, Rather got another dig in, deliberately implying that Bush was callously attending a fundraiser and placing his political interests above the national interests. "Any serious thought given to the president canceling his appearance at that big fundraising-campaign -- fund-raising dinner -- tonight, given the fact that so many millions of people are going through this in the Northeast?" Rather asked.
A little later in the broadcast Rather went through the same dog and pony show with reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Keep in mind that Bush publicly assured the nation that no terrorism was suspected and that officials were working hard to solve the problem. And local government officials, from New York to Michigan, were constantly on the air advising the public of their progress.
Only willfully close-minded observers could have witnessed Rather's performance and failed to observe his jabs at Bush. It is inconceivable that he would have treated his idol President Clinton this way.
This is but one of thousands of examples that have been taking place on the nightly broadcast news since before I was a teenager. The mainstream media can continue to deny their undisclosed biases, but their denials are laughable -- and millions of viewers have long since had enough and are not taking it anymore. You'll find them feasting at the trough of the alternative media -- and that's a beautiful thing.
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