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Dan Rather, MSM Critic?

The former CBS News Anchor had this to say in the HuffPo yesterday:

There’s always the question, is the audience chasing the news or the news chasing an audience? I have nothing against the royals or their wedding. It is a legitimate news story, a big event for one of America’s most stalwart allies. We have had a lot of bad news lately, and if you are someone who finds this diversion interesting and exciting, then I think that’s great.

What bothers me is the hypocrisy. The idea that we can’t afford to throw resources at an important foreign story, but can afford to spend this kind of money on a story like the royal wedding is just plain wrong. The idea that we can’t break into regularly-scheduled programming for an address by the president is wrong as well. When the topic was the “Birther Story” (better referred from here on out by the first letters of those two words), the networks jumped right in.

He’s right.  It’s almost as hypocritical as the media choosing to recklessly pursue a non-story criticizing the president’s National Guard service based on fake documents easily replicated in Microsoft Word…..

Nat Brown — Nat Brown is a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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