Speaking to an audience in Aspen, Colorado, former CBS News anchorman Dan Rather discussed the decline of journalistic integrity, expressing concern that the consolidation of media ownership has resulted in a decline in quality and integrity of the news. Read these excerpts from this article in The Aspen Times:
His talk emphasized what he believes is the erosion of quality journalism, because of the corporatization, politicization, and “trivialization” of news. Those three factors, Rather argued, have fueled the “dumbing down and sleezing up of news” and the decline of “great American journalism.”
Likening media consolidation to that of the banking industry, Rather claimed that “roughly 80 percent” of the media is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations.
“A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press,” he said.
Think Dan knows that the mainstream media is controlled by a small group of people, and that it can be financially influenced to propagate the myths that paint the primary picture of America for the masses?
Dan Rather currently has an in depth news program on HD Net called Dan Rather Reports.