Former CBS anchor Dan Rather is looking at you, Fox News. In his Feb. 22 blog about Russian strongman Vladimir Putin invading Ukraine, Rather is disturbed about something he’s never seen before.
“There are many in this nation, cheered on by powerful media voices, who seem more aligned with a dangerous foe to America and a peaceful world order than they are with our own leadership,” he wrote on his “Steady” blog.
Rather believes America’s divisions are weaknesses that our enemies can exploit.
"Whether willingly or not, we do their bidding with our bickering. To reduce the world order to shorsighted political calculations is to undermine our own national security… But to puppet the rhetoric of the Kremlin will hurt not only those facing the Russian forces in central Europe, but all who wish for a world of justice and stability,” he wrote.
It’s your call, Rupert Murdoch.
Donald Trump is at it again…The former president practiced the art of denying, deflecting and attacking during his four years in the White House.
The botched launch of Truth Social shows that he is at it again. One would have assumed that the much ballyhooed introduction of Trump’s Twitter knock-off would have gone off without a hitch.
Instead the rollout (much like Trump’s administration) turned out to be a nightmare of technical glitches and promises from former Congressman Devin Nunes that Truth Social would be “fully operational” by the end of March.
Nunes’ promises begs the question: why did Team Trump launch Truth Social before it was ready for prime time?
My hunch: Trump wanted to deflect attention from the earlier week of terrible news that was highlighted by his long-time accounting firm Mazars walking away from his financial statements.
Trump on Feb. 19 issued a fantasyland statement, saying that his “long-term accounting firm didn't leave me for any other reason than they were harassed, abused and frightened by DA's and AG's that for years have been threatening them with indictment and ruination."
His accounting firm was "'broken' by these Radical Left racist prosecutors, and couldn't take it anymore."
It’s the American public that can’t take any more tripe from the former president.
Americans are turning off national news as the pandemic winds down and the 2020 presidential election fades into memory.
Gallup/Knight Foundation poll found that only 33 percent of Americans in December 2021 said they are paying “a great deal of attention” to national news compared to 54 percent of respondents in the year earlier poll.
The pollsters attribute the fall-off in national news ratings due to declining interest on the COVID-19 and political front.
Interest in national news peaked at 56 percent in March 2020, which was the onset of the pandemic in the US. The 2020 election and controversy over alleged fraud also triggered an uptick in national news as 54 percent of Americans paid a great deal of attention to those events.
The poll found that Democrats are tuning out national news at a greater clip than Republicans and Independents.
Thirty-four percent of Democrats reported paying a great deal of attention to news in 2021 vs. 69 percent in 2020. Republicans report a five-point drop to 40 percent, while news attention declined 15 percent to 29 percent for Independents.
Democrats better start paying attention to the news again as the midterm elections draw near.