“What is going on at CNN? It’s a serious question,” Rather tweeted. “There is a lot of speculation on directives and motives. What’s really going on? And is it being noticed by the audience?”
Rather’s tweet comes after CNN parted ways with hard-left White House Correspondent John Harwood this week following hyper-partisan remarks from Harwood, including a tweet in which Harwood claimed, “Biden’s assertion that Trump and extremist Republicans pose a threat to American democracy is, undeniably, true.”
Harwood’s departure comes weeks after former CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter recorded his last show and exited the network. Stelter’s exit reportedly came at the behest of CNN chief Chris Licht, who took over the network in February after Jeff Zucker’s exit. Licht has reportedly been driving CNN toward adopting a more nonpartisan stance in its news coverage.
Rather’s tweet was mocked online, including by Red State writer Jeff Charles, who responded, “Seeing lefties melt down over CNN’s pivot away from being a full-on propaganda mill for the Democratic Party is delicious.”
“Dan Rather thinks CNN has an audience,” radio host Joe Pags Pagliarulo tweeted. “That’s cute, Dan.”
“Methinks Dan’s guest spots on said network have expired,” Fox News media analyst Joe Concha responded.
Rather’s tweet did garner some support online, including from leftist Ameshia Cross, who claimed that CNN was “dying a shameful death.”
“They used to be a valid source,” she claimed. “I grew up on the network. Today I’m ashamed of what they’ve become. And this weird pivot Right attacking Biden’s speech is the nail in their coffin. With few exception they sound Fox lite w/o the Fox viewership.”
CNN is dying a shameful death. They used to be a valid source. I grew up on the network. Today I'm ashamed of what they've become. And this weird pivot Right attacking Biden's speech is the nail in their coffin. With few exception they sound Fox lite w/o the Fox viewership https://t.co/wCrEmso2uy
— Ameshia Cross (@AmeshiaCross) September 3, 2022
Rather was fired from CBS News in 2004 over false claims that were made about then-President George W. Bush’s National Guard service during a “60 Minutes” episode.
“The fact is that basic journalistic steps were not carried out in a manner consistent with accurate and fair reporting, leading to countless misstatements and omissions in the reporting by 60 Minutes Wednesday and CBS News,” a panel appointed by CBS News said in a scathing 224-page report about the episode.
Tim Pearce contributed to this report.