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To Focus on Reality and Misinformation, PBS Touts the Knowledge of… DAN RATHER??

On Sunday evening’s PBS NewsHour Weekend, they bizarrely determined to debate the “reality” and misinformation with… disgraced CBS Information anchor/pretend information purveyor Dan Slightly, promoting his previous ebook What Unites Us that got here out in 2017 (even the paperback is from 2019). His fraudulent smears of  George W. Bush in 2004 by no means got here up. Stephen L. Miller supplied the mind-boggled conservative response to this: 

As Miller ably summarized under that tweet: 

Maybe if gatekeeping media cares to lecture those that have rejected them for their very own Fb teams and newsfeeds, they will begin by eternally jettisoning individuals like Dan Slightly who’re accountable for it.

Company media rehabs Dan Slightly, Brian Williams and promotes individuals like Pleasure Reid after which collectively wonders how all of us acquired up to now. Doctor, heal thyself.

As a substitute, for greater than six minutes, PBS weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan handled Slightly as a social-media sage and misinformation scold: 

SREENIVASAN: As you’ve got been stating for years now on social media platforms, by way of your Fb web page, to your Twitter feed, a lot of this comes from the lack of our potential to discern truth from falsehood. It simply boggles my thoughts that we reside on this ecosystem the place the reality that we type of took as a right is tough to return by.

DAN RATHER: Effectively, I believe it boggles everyone’s thoughts, together with my very own, as a result of we’re nonetheless on the sting of this entire new world of social media, the web, the web’s nice potentialities for good, reminiscent of educating and giving truthful data. However however, the darkish facet, which you are stating so effectively, which has to concern us all, that misinformation, outright lies, propaganda, all of this will get free on the web.

Someway, Dan placing out phony Texas Air Nationwide Guard paperwork alleging George W. Bush was some type of draft-dodger would not disqualify him from being the Sunday minister on the subject of falsehood! As Dan says, with the ability to keep away from wishful pondering (and reporting) is a part of being an grownup: 

RATHER: Everyone knows that a part of being an grownup is to acknowledge that you must take care of what’s actual, actuality, not what you hope can be. And the truth for us now, is all of it on the desk. To make use of a poker time period, every little thing is on the desk for this nation. And we have to acknowledge that, that we will have an amazing future, a future larger and higher than something of fathers and moms ever dreamed of.

However we’ve got to maneuver as a result of we’re teetering on the one imbalance, if you’ll, of simply what you describe the world wherein reality isn’t pure, by no means straightforward to return by and more and more tough to type out. And I’m involved, and I believe that is the query inside your query, how we take care of the truth that, what, over 76 million People voted to place Donald Trump again into workplace and a really giant majority of these at the moment are satisfied that our new president-elect, Joe Biden, is illegitimate. It is a hazard inside, and the occasions on the capital, which kind of introduced issues to a head for the second, will not be the final time that we’ll must take care of this actuality.

Slightly is a serious power on Fb and Twitter — for the Trump-loathing left. However the PBS anchor maintained Slightly’s fiction as some kind of knowledgeable on unity. On-line, the interview is over 11 minutes. This nugget did not air on nationwide TV: 

SREENIVASAN: You’ve got acquired a ebook with a title that I believe everyone desires to determine proper now, What Unites Us. That is one thing that Joe Biden has mentioned repeatedly whereas on the marketing campaign path and even since he is received the presidency. In case you may give him a Reader’s Digest model or — ship him a duplicate of the ebook for certain — however what would you inform us is within the ebook that might work for not simply Joe Biden, however for the remainder of us?

Slightly comically advised that the Left is enthusiastic about “freedom,” not the AOC socialist agenda: “What basic issues can we are saying we agree on? What we agree on, we wish to protect this constitutional republic based mostly on the rules of freedom and democracy. I believe that is one thing that unites us.”

Then he pretended he is not ideological, the phoniest line of all: “You already know, I am fond of claiming: I am not right-wing, I am not left-wing, I am not rooster wing. Like a variety of different People, I simply need the perfect for the nation.”

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