Dan Rather on Bill Clinton: "I think he's an honest man."
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:::: Dan Rather on Bill Clinton: "I think he's an honest man....I
think at core he's an honest person....I think you can be an honest
person and lie about any number of things."
Tonight, in a taped interview aired on the Fox News
Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly pressed CBS
Evening News anchor Dan Rather about former President Bill Clinton's
honesty. Here's the exchange:
"I want to ask you flat out, do you think President Clinton's an
Rather: "Yes, I think he's an honest man."
O'Reilly: "Do you, really?"
Rather: "I do."
O'Reilly: "Even though he lied to Jim Lehrer's
face about the Lewinsky case?"
Rather: "Who among us has not lied about
O'Reilly: "Well, I didn't lie to anybody's
face on national television. I don't think you have, have you?"
Rather: "I don't think I ever have. I hope I
never have. But, look, it's one thing-"
O'Reilly, jumping in: "How can you say he's an
honest guy then?"
Rather: "Well, because I think he is. I think at
core he's an honest person. I know that you have a different view. I
know that you consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I
think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of
Rather: "Yeah, I do."
O'Reilly: "See, I can't. I want my government
to be honest across-the-board. I don't want people lying."
This explains much. "I think you can be an
honest person and lie about any number of things." I guess it all
depends on what "honest" means. Substitute: "I think you
can be an objective journalist and distort coverage of any number of
things." Like incessantly referring to Ken Starr as "the
Republican special prosecutor."
If you wish to watch the interview (and are reading
this e-mail tonight), The O'Reilly Factor will run twice more
tonight/early Wednesday morning:
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The interview with Rather consumes the second half
of the one-hour show. O'Reilly also quizzed Rather about the contrast in
the number of CBS stories in the summer of 1999 on George W. Bush's drug
use versus the near-blackout of Juanita Broaddrick's charge against Bill
Clinton. For a refresher on that contrast, refer back to my Washington
Times op-ed, "Bush talks, Clinton walks." Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/oped/news/washtimes19990823.html
For a rundown of Rather's record, check out the
MRC's special Web page, "20 Years on the CBS Evening News: Dan
Rather's Outrageous Liberal Bias." It features more than four dozen
Rather quotes and contrasts, some illustrated with video clips. Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/news/rather/DanRather20thAnniversary.htm
More of what Dan Rather told O'Reilly
-- Brent Baker
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