Legendary Journalist Dan Rather Just Gave The Warning Everyone Needed To Hear About Trump

Dan Rather has had enough of Donald Trump and his supporters. He’s so fed up that he decided to let his feelings truly be known in a perfectly worded take down of Donald and his idiot brigade on Facebook.

Not only did he classify Donald and his supporters as the ignorant simpletons they are, but he went on to make a very serious point – almost a warning in the context of our modern political discourse. The point he made was that we can’t ignore Donald anymore.

It’s very fashionable for people to say we should ignore him, or “stop making him famous” and write him off. That isn’t going to work. He’s now the Republican nominee, and if anyone calls themselves a progressive they have a duty to talk about the offensive things he says and does. Reporters need to ask the hard questions, instead of softball him to ensure continuing press access. Ignoring him is what got him to the nomination.

Dan Rather’s post from his Facebook page is below:

I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump’s fusilade against the press. This is not a moment to be trifled with. It wasn’t his first tirade and it won’t be his last.

I was reminded of my college journalism professor, the late Hugh Cunningham, who would exhort his young charges in a thundering voice to “never let them scare you.” It was his most important lesson. One of Edward R. Murrow’s favorite words was “steady.” That also bears repeating today.

This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict.

I know what it is like to sit in those seats and feel the scorn and even wrath of politicians of all political persuasions. Attacking the press for unfair coverage has long been a bipartisan pursuit. Sometimes it works. I am happy to say that more often it doesn’t. But Trump’s brand of vituperation is particularly personal and vicious. It carries with it the drumbeats of threatening violence. It cannot be left unanswered.

This is not about politics or policy. It’s about protecting our most cherished principles. The relationship between the press and the powerful they cover is by its very definition confrontational. That is how the Founding Fathers envisioned it, with noble clauses of protection enshrined in our Constitution.

Good journalism–the kind that matters–requires reporters who won’t back up, back down, back away or turn around when faced with efforts to intimidate them. It also requires owners and other bosses with guts, who stand by and for their reporters when the heat is on.

I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it.

Dan Rather has some experience with political violence. During the 1968 Democratic convention, he was assaulted on the convention floor for asking questions of politicians and other attendees. This was the same year that anti-war protesters were in wildcat riots with police in the city as the convention was taking place.

Watch the footage of Dan Rather getting assaulted below:

The choice is pretty clear. Do we continue to not take him seriously in our media, or are we going to hold him to account for his resurrection of this old evil in America?

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  • Bruce

    Sweet, let’s just get rid of Hillary now, since Bernie polls much much more favorably against Trump than Hillary and actually has more people liking him than not, unlike the other two candidates! Bernie is the only practically guaranteed way to take down Trump, it will be too close with Hillary.

    • Newton

      Hillary Clinton beat Bernie like a rented mule. She beat him in votes, pledged delegates, states, and endorsements. She won all battleground states, she won the women’s vote, the LGBTQ vote, the African American vote, and the Hispanic vote. It seems delusional to believe that Bernie would have a better chance of beating Trump. Trump is self-destructing a little more, every day. Republicans are dumping him, some even saying they’ll vote for Hillary. Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. You can site all the polls you want, they’re meaningless. Hillary Clinton, along with the power of the Democratic Party is going to CRUSH Donald Trump. Republicans know it, and they’re peeing their pants over it.

      • Monti

        Yeah, I guess if you call voter suppression, fraud, manipulation and intimidation ” winning “. What do you think the many lawsuits against her and the DNC are about? She did not win one thing. She is an evil criminal.

    • David McKenna

      Hillary has the capability to destroy Trump with his own crap!

    • cboo

      Such BS from a BS supporter, that old Fraud was beat by over 3 million votes by Hillary .. Hillary has 1 and a half million more than Dump so how is the old non democrat Fraud t o bead Dump…

    • Patricia Babros

      I agree, however the media on a World News program are showing us too much evil that goes on in this world. I feel nauseated at times. The world also has so many other significant things going on and ignored by the press. Instead, I hear about some of the most gut wrenching killings that sicken me to the core. Is that necessary? I think not! I feel that a thin slice of world news is given to us Americans and that’s why I search for other news outlets for what is really going on in the world. I am also feeling cheated by the press and their simpleton view of what’s important for the audience to watch. Thank GOD, at least I can get at least one feel good story at the end of the broadcast on CBS. WE need more of that. If the press would stop sensationalizing the shit going on here at home and abroad and focused on how with intervention the world is getting better, we wouldn’t have so much worry about what in the world will happen next!

  • Marcia Denis

    The question for me is, if the people who are in charge of their reporters, will let them ask the hard questions. Seems like nobody wants to trust the big news channels.

  • craig

    Nice Dan but you nor your your fellow journalist are any kind of moral high ground. The media of your generation played to the politicians and the government just as they do today only today they don’t try to hide it . It has always been,You want access ,you need to shut up about this or over look that .The Founding Fathers gave the media freedom in order to keep the government in check . Investivegated reporting is gone. People scream Liberal media yet none have seriously reported on Bush’s illegal war,the War On Drugs,The corrupt election system we have on both sides,the bombing and killing of innocent woman and children , The torture’s at Guantanamo Bay of men who had no Rights nor were they the enemy,just political advesaries that a regime dupted us into believing they were terrorist that the corrupt leaders were paid to turn over to us, Chaney having the Geniva Convention rewritten so he could have innocent men imprisoned and tortued inhumanly for financial gain …………….. Nothing has changed except the openness about how the media will blow a rabid hyena for money

  • Patt Reid

    I agree with Bruce above. Bernie can more handily beat Trump, and is bringing a message of peace and coexistence as well as a more moral capitalism.

    • J Michaels

      Bernie would get stomped by t-RUMP. The majority of Americans will never vote for a declared Socialist no matter what adjective comes in front of that word. The majority of the country doesn’t even know who he is but when they find out, his stock will plummet like the Bush Dow Jones.

  • Tim

    Like you were held accountable for the fake letter about George W Bush and his military career. Journalist have a political agenda!

  • Paul M

    Oh Dan, the media has set the tone for the circus atmosphere that has developed during this election season. Many of the reporters are sleazy and only interested in maintaining the circus and promoting their agenda of demeaning Republicans so that a Demarcate is elected. I am glad that the press is being publicly spanked for the direction that they are taking this process. I applaud Trump and the other republican candidates that publicly admonish those in the press who continually ask questions meant to inflame. Where are the great unbiased reporters of yesteryear like Peter Jennings, and Barbara Walters who would ask the tough questions while maintaining their dignity as well as the candidate’s dignity?

  • Teiner

    Yawn!

  • aruna

    aren’t Bernie supporters also violently protesting?

    • James

      No they aren’t. That’s more spin. Protesting: Yes, Violently: No!

  • I wound what Dan had to gain in this race if Hillary wins. Trump is the only one telling like it is and that is why he is getting my vote. I would not vote for Hillary if she ran for dog catch. She is a crook and a lair. Think about people. You people have to have enough off lairs and the game that they have been playing our lives for the pass 8 years. It is time for a change. Good are bad some has to change. I,m sick of it.

    • GOPocalypse Admin

      If constant lies are “telling it like it is,” then Donald Trump certainly tells it like it is.

      http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/

    • Debra Blank

      Hmmmmm, I just watched Bernie supporters fighting each other before they realized they were all for him.

    • sean

      Oh yes, like that walking, morally and fiscally bankrupt POS is “a change”…

      Gimmeabreak.

    • Des

      I guess trump robbing thousands of hard working AMERICANS in Atlantic City doesnt count. The fact thst they did all his construction work only for Dump to Not pay them. They lost their businesses over that. Nope just a conceded sociopath with no morals could do that TRUMP.

  • Arvid Noreen

    I fear Trumpet getting elected would be an example of a people not believing anyone could be so terrible from their own country. From other countries yes, but not here. Naive.

  • BuckerB

    Has Hillary got you in her pocket already !?

    We ahve seen the truth on Hillary ! When will she be held accountable , now that is what you fools should be following TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT !

    • J Michaels

      Your ignorance of the facts are just underwhelming. Let me enlighten you. t-RUMP has 169 law suits alleging fraud as we speak. He is being investigated for fraud by the state of New York for failing to meet the standards of a university which is a felony involving jail time. HE is also under investigation in two states for bribery of those states Attorney Generals to drop their investigation of his fraud “university” which is now a known fact and includes jail time as it is also a felony. And finally, he is being investigated for a tax scam that involves not only Donnie but all of his adult children which is also a felony and involves jail time.

      Now Hillary is an entirely different story. To wit:https://www.facebook.com/bluedemwarriors/photos/a.1559737514296400.1073741829.1559412207662264/1752844484985701/?type=3

  • Mordy

    you are all as ignorant as Trump. If he wins, you all deserve what you get.

  • Paul

    We out here in the heartland are not dumb and ignorant extreme liberalism is destroying our nation forty million abortions the destruction of the family no accountability for anyone everyone is a victim of white prviledge

    • J Michaels

      Bernie would get stomped by t-RUMP. The majority of Americans will never vote for a declared Socialist no matter what adjective comes in front of that word. The majority of the country doesn’t even know who he is but when they find out, his stock will plummet like the Bush Dow Jones.

    • J Michaels

      I hate to inform you but the nuclear family unit has been disintegrating for years and years and years and it has not a thing to do with which political party is in control. It might interest you to know that the states that lead in divorce, unwed mothers and out of wedlock births are RED STATES. So those that seem to claim the moral high ground are frauds and lying because they represent those that are destroying those values of which you seem so fond.

  • Phyllis Colmar

    Make America Great Again= Make America White Again.
    Even if most Americans supported it, which we do not, it ain’t gonna happen.
    We do not want or need an Apprentice for President. No on the job training allowed. He has reached his peter principal and it is clear he knows it and his artful dodger act is no longer working. In fact it is so boring we are turning the channel in greater and greater numbers. Can only listen to the same crap for so long. Still waiting on that criminal fraud trial to get him impeached if he is, gawd forbid, elected.

    • ellen watts

      TRUMP NEED TO GO TO MENTAL HOUSE NOT TH E WHITE HOUSE THE MAN IS BI-POLAR ETC. HE HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEM TO BE PRES. AMERICA WOULD BE DESTROYED

  • Steve

    If you are voting for Donald Trump then you are misinformed to say the least.
    Dumb and ignorant ….well

  • Trice

    Hmmm, I am not so sure and I don’t trust Donald Trump at all . He is really need to change his whole heart, mind and attitude. I am just don’t trump him and he is been so negative, lying, hateful and crooked person that I ever see. so, I am sorry, there is nothing that I can deal with that evil and hateful person like Donald Trump until he need to change his heart and attitude but , I don’t think he will no change. I am hoping that he need to awake up and looking himself in the front of the mirror and realize how he act and his life. because Life is short.

    • Chloe

      He is 70 years old….he will not change…

  • Jim

    How can anyone support a person who has been caught stealing furniture and silver from the White House? Who has been caught directly in lies concerning the national Security of this Country by utilizing a personal server at home with Top secret information on it. A person who directly lied about being caught in gunfire in Libya at the airport when there was no such thing when in fact other video shows her making a speech at this same airport. The lies about Benghazi that continue to haunt her to this day and cost 4 Americans their lives. The Clinton Foundation taking $$ from foreign Gov’t’s to allow she and or Bill Clinton to make a speech. Pay to play scenarios everywhere in the Clinton Foundation. Another scandal following them like Bill’s impeachment or Vince Fosters death or Hillary again having total disregard for our Country when she loses over 30,000 emails some or all of which could have had top secret information in them. She is beyond non- trustworthy and does not have the credentials to be President of this Country. She wants credit for Children having Insurance in the USA – yes somewhere in this country there is some person a tireless govt worker who deserves that credit not Hillary Clinton. She wants credit for passing some legislation while being a senator from New York – HA ! She probably doesn’t know where the Senate Chambers are in my opinion. But someone on her staff worked tirelessly to get all of that done but she doesn’t have the decency to acknowledge the real heroes – who really made it happen ! She is just the type to stand up and take all the credit her selfish sorry self ! Who wants that as President? Not me ! She is a known thief when she and husband got caught stealing $200,000 worth of furniture and silver from the White House . She needed to be put in jail then for that crime . She got off of course. Her husband has had so many affairs on her you can’t tract them all . So ask yourself if that’s truly what you want in the White House – not me! Trump is a self made business man who can help put this country back where it needs to be ! He is not perfect ! But in my opinion we need someone who will tell it like it is ,be honest with the people, and who can focus on the issues at home.

    • Laurella Desborough

      Jim, You are badly misinformed if you think the Clintons took ONE THING from the White House. That was a b.s. rumor that was spread by Clinton’s enemies. No credible source has ever reported that nonsense. And to imagine she is responsible for the death of the four in Benghazi is to be really unaware of the fact that CONGRESS refused to approve more funds for the protection of that CIA outpost. Clinton as Secretary of State was NOT in charge of military operations in regard to response to Benghazi. That is up to the US military and not the Dept of State. There are so many mistakes in your post as to make anyone with critical thinking skills go into shock. You have obviously swallowed every message from political propaganda sites without doing ANY fact checking. You might try that before your next post.

  • Llewellyn Denbrook

    Lost all respect for reporters, when they sat by and let Congress continually disrespect our President without any backlash, which was orchestrated by their Racist Southern Leaders.

  • Larry

    In light of what we now know, which is indisputable, Mr Rather you are wrong. Definitely a left wing mouthpiece. As is most media today. Once again recent proof. Just wondering why anyone would want to bring Clinton into the white house with her two train loads of baggage? We know where her loyalties lie. And it’s not with the people of this great nation.