Rather appeared horrified by Trump’s comment, struggling to explain his shock.
“By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics,” he said.
Rather challenged the media to hold Trump accountable for his words, urging them to do more to try to shame his supporters.
“We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers do it justice,” he said. “We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.”More.
Reality check: Never mind that Rather destroyed the careers of a number of journalists when he ran with the fraudulent George Bush air force story in 2004: It seems to make no difference to Rather whether the media audience sympathizes with Trump in this matter or not.
That tells us a lot about the new role of media. They have a constantly diminishing faithful audience, and it shows in their attitudes. Rather isn’t even interested in knowing whether whatever Trump said appeals to voters or not. Because his fabled network , still a leader, is coping with the fact that the TV audience is way down.
See also: Can there BE a parody of legacy media?