Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather blasted Fox News on Sunday for its “hate, racism and vitriol” – but mostly for trashing any pretense of journalism while poking fun at Donald Trump.
Rather – and his frequent collaborator, journalist Elliot Kirschner – were inspired to launch their attack during last week’s “belligerent bloviations” of Trump-endorsed Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz at the end of the GOP primary. , the results of which are yet to be determined.
Oz thanked Fox News host Sean Hannity for his extensive “behind-the-scenes” help, an activity forbidden to any real reporter.
“Needless to say, if a reporter from a news agency other than Fox endorsed a candidate with half the complicity of Hannity with Dr. Oz, that would be grounds for immediate dismissal,” the reporters wrote in an essay. from Substack, “Crossing the Doubler.”
“Unsurprisingly, at Fox News, Hannity’s actions don’t even earn her a pat on the hand,” they added. “As a citizen of the United States, Hannity has the right to support and defend any candidate for office. But as someone who claims the privileges and esteem of a journalist, this behavior is light years beyond acceptable.
Oz’s revelation of his close relationship with Hannity is “astonishing in what it makes clear: there’s not even a fig leaf of a pretense of separation between politicians and those who claim to report on them,” Rather and Kirschner point out, calling the network an “organ of the Trumpian Republican Party.”
“The constant stream of hate, racism and vitriol emanating from Fox News deserves all the attention it receives. But just as insidious is this inner game and what it says about a medium that is an arm function of Trump’s Party.
“The former president has created a landscape where the standards of our democratic institutions have been shattered, and media creations like Dr. Oz and Sean Hannity can conspire to push us further into the abyss.”