Dan Rather Trying To Bring Back Journalism And #ToppleTrump

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Respected news icon Dan Rather launched a Facebook page to counter the lies and “alternative facts” from Donald Trump. As with so many of us, he had enough of the garbage from Trump and the news media.

The Facebook page, “News and Guts,” will report honest, hard-hitting news. The media needs to follow Rather’s lead and begin telling the truth and not repeating the lies from the Trump Administration.

Please join me on an exciting new endeavor.

I love news. I always have and can confidently say I always will. Journalism, real journalism, deep-digging reporting without fear or favor, is as important now, if not more so, than any time I can remember.

Together, on this Facebook page, we have built a community that I know values real news. But there is only so much I can share and on which I can comment. Take a week like this week, where the news of the confirmation hearings is coming fast and furious. There are far more articles that deserve your attention and great reporters who I would love to spotlight.

I got into news in the first place to be part of something noble and bigger than myself. For those reasons, I am starting a second Facebook page called News And Guts, a digital news feed of sorts. It’s also the name of my digital news and production company. The goal is to inform, innovate, and inspire. This Facebook page will be under the stewardship of a very talented group of reporters who work at my company. These are men and women who know real news. They’ve reported with me around the globe from dangerous and difficult datelines. I trust them and so should you.

You may find the tone of the page a little more free-wheeling than mine but we also want this to be a two-way street. Share with us your thoughts or articles or stories you want us to cover.

In an era of fake news, false equivalence, and too much fluff, let’s take a stand together to demand better, and bring attention to all those doing great work. Please click here: News And Guts, give the page itself a like, and let’s jump into a new experiment.

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In just a few weeks, the page has over 350 thousand followers. These are people who can no longer take the reporting of lies and “alternate facts” as news.

Rather wants the page to be “a little more free-wheeling” than his personal page. It encourages a two-way street of thoughts and articles that followers want to see covered.

This truthful journalism is welcome by all. With Trump wanting to control what the media reports, and many going along with him, “News and Guts” will be a source for the truth.

For sure, it will not be one of Trump’s selected news sources. And it will not cower under Trump’s threats.

There are many warnings from journalistic professionals on Trump’s handling of the media. And some of his closest advisers want him to close access to those who criticize him.

The First Amendment of the Constitution protects freedom of the press. Trump’s actions to control the media are unconstitutional, contrary to the oath of office that he took, and criminal.

There are other media outlets who will sometimes fairly report the news. Both The New York Times and CNN called Trump a liar about the size of his inaugural crowds and the absurd claim that he lost the popular vote because of voter fraud.

The media must stand up to Trump and accurately report the news. Those who choose to confirm the lies of Donald Trump can be punished by not supporting advertisers and turning them off. Also, letters to advertisers do wonders.

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