"Looking back, much of what we warned about came true. But there is no satisfaction in being proven correct. Damage is the ultimate legacy."
If "Canary in a coal mine" was an expression that could be used in contemporary commentary, I would use it to characterize Rather's September 2016 clairvoyant warning of the consequences of ignoring candidate Trump's capacity to manipulate the media and the public discourse that followed. If "I told you so" was an expression that carried any positive effect at all, I would highlight its use in Rather's recent commentary republishing his 2016 warning. So, I won't.
I wish more people had the bravery to stand up and state what is so blatantly obvious. I just don’t understand how some people can be so hooked by the biggest con artist ever. He is evil, and I am so afraid.
GOOD FOR YOU!!!
Keep shining a light as too many in the media are weak. CNN should have cut him off mid-lie, and called the lies out as started in the nine minute preceding the do over.
2024 is going to be a very frightening year. Vote Blue 💙💙
I saw Kristin Welker's interview with Trump. He controlled the whole interview. So many things she could easily have challenged him on. This needs to be done. If they're going to interview him - challenge him and show his lies. Otherwise, don't give him any airtime.
And 7 years later this is as accurate now as it was then.
It feels like 2016 all over again. The media covers Trump and his vicious lies 24/7, while giving grudging lip service to President Biden's accomplishments. It's sickening. Much of the media have become corporate whores chasing ratings and profits. I can't wait until I no longer have to see Trump's hateful face plastered all over the news. Thank you, Mr. Rather for being a true journalist.
I was a few days late reading this, but your comments were excellent. Thank you for sharing them.
You were right seven years ago and have been right 99% of the time ever since. Our journalism will never be the same since they sold out for clicks and engagement and NOT truth. God help us!
Wow....you nailed it Mr. Rather. I especially loved the comment "could be fact checked by a second grader" ... true! WHY OH WHY was Trump allowed so much free press by the press and encouraged by sane Republicans afraid of his base and WHY OH WHY did the people in his base follow him "hook, line and sinker"? So sad...
2016/2023...sad but true. Scary then, more scary now. Intelligent? people following his lies once again..SMDH
The judgement of history will compare Americans supporting Trump with the. millions of sig heils lavished on Hitler. Trump and Hitler are similar in so many ways. Read Hitler's strategy in Mein Kampf of strategies for using big lies and you would swear it is Trump saying it. Trump has already irreparably destroyed democracy because a large number of Americans with no respect for democracy would prefer a Trump dictatorship. 91 felony charges mean nothing to the MAGA crowd. They will share the blame. History won't mention it because when this country goes off the deep end. past unfavorable history will be eliminated and a new America led by Trump will wipe it forever from the education of children. Just like America's shameful past with Blacks and Indians
.wiped out by Moms for Freedom and DeSantis. Orwell's 1984 started in 2016 and is picking up steam. Right now I am ashamed by the absence of morality in a good portion of "exceptional" Americans.
YOU NAILED IT !!! You saw through the tangerine turd way back then. And he's only gotten more demented since then. BTW I voted for Clinton then, and Biden in 2020... and will vote for Biden or whoever the Dem. candidate happens to be. as well as blue all the way down the ballot.
Perfect example of an authoritarian wanna-be. Stunned, disappointed, angered that tfg is even in consideration for POTUS again....
Those who didn’t see it then were lazy. Those who don’t see it now are enemies of democracy, traitors, just don’t care, or stupid. I can’t think of an honorable excuse.