MRC’s ‘Worst of the Week’ Reports in 2004
on Dan Rather’s Liberal Media Bias
"Record-High" Gas Price
Hype, May 24, 2004. Dan Rather, among other top reporters, cited the “record highs” in gasoline prices without noting that gasoline prices, in nominal terms, are lower than the inflation-adjusted peak of $2.99/gallon in March 1991.
Downplaying a Million New
Jobs, June 8, 2004. The U.S. economy created 947,000 new jobs in March, April and May, 2004, but
CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather devoted just 20 seconds to that good news before reporter Jim Axelrod spent more than two minutes on an Ohio company that is closing
Angry at Dan’s
Imaginings, July 27, 2004. Dan Rather asked Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry if he ever got angry because, while he served in Vietnam, President Bush served in the National Guard and that other Republicans questioned Kerry’s wartime service.
CBS's Strategy: Smear &
Stonewall, September 14, 2004. Dan Rather led the CBS Evening News by touting four exclusively obtained “memos” purportedly showing that George W. Bush's squadron commander, Jerry Killian, was fed up with the young Air National Guard Lieutenant's failure to get a physical exam. The problem is that the “memos” were forgeries.
The Slime Before the
"Apology", September 21, 2004. Dan Ratehr blamed “powerful and extremely well- financed forces” for focusing on the National Guard memos’ authenticity instead of the “fundamental truth of the story.” As Rather further told the
New York Observer: “This is your basic fogging machine, which is set up to cloud the issue, to obscure the truth.”
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