Dan Rather sparks debate as he points out 'double standard' in contrasting treatment of Biden and Trump's gaffes

Dan Rather sparks debate as he points out 'double standard' in contrasting treatment of Biden and Trump's gaffes
Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather pointed out a perceived 'double standard' in the contrasting treatment of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump (Dan Rather/Facebook; Getty Images)

GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA: Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather pointed out in a Steady email newsletter a perceived "double standard" in the contrasting treatment of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

This follows Biden's heavily criticized debate performance, which has sparked increased calls for him to reassess his 2024 campaign.

In the newsletter, Rather noted that if Biden continues in the race, "every action, every statement, and every gesture will be meticulously analyzed, dissected, and amplified."

Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather pointed out the “dangerous
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Dan Rather pointed out in a Steady email newsletter a perceived 'double standard' in the contrasting treatment of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump (thedanrather/X)

Dan Rather questions 'double standards' in media coverage of Biden and Trump

The American journalist, commentator, and former national evening news anchor continued, "This is the reality, at least for the Democrats," adding, "Trump? Not so much. Or really, very little."

Dan Rather contrasted the intense scrutiny directed at Biden over his apparent use of the word "goodest" during a recent interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, with the comparative silence or indifference towards Trump's "gobbledegook" at a rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

PICKENS, SOUTH CAROLINA - JULY 1: Former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd at a campaign event on July 1, 2023, in Pickens, South Carolina. The former president faces a growing list of Republican primary challengers. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Dan Rather likened Donald Trump to 'gobbledegook' in his criticism(Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

“Why are the rules so different for these two men?” Rather asked.

He then said, “Both should be held accountable for their deeds and words. But they aren’t. Trump gets pass after pass.”

According to The New York Times, ABC News revised its transcript of President Biden’s interview on July 5 following White House officials' concerns that his words were inaccurately portrayed.



 

During the interview, George Stephanopoulos asked Biden how he would feel if he remained in the race but ultimately lost to Donald Trump.

"I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the goodest job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about,” Joe Biden said, according to the official transcript distributed by ABC on the night of July 5.  

Dan Rather's sharp critique of Trump draws opposing reactions

Dan Rather's fiery comparison criticizing Donald Trump elicited mixed reactions from users.

One viewer said, "Dan Rather was busted faking documents to discredit Bush Jrs military service. How dishonest can you get?" [sic]

Another viewer said, "What is the point scale for honesty and integrity?"

One viewer noted, "The 'dangerous double standard' is Dan Rather didn't get jail time for the election fraud and interference he tried to pull."

A follower observed, "And why should we listen to a 'journalist' who purposefully used false information to attack a presidential candidate he did not like in an attempt to influence an election, who then got fired because of it?" 

A supportive comment for Dan Rather read, "Damn right, Dan! Trump says malicious and evil things, too."

Another comment read, "Good on you Dan."

"He's not wrong by any means. Made up words, made up countries, made up events, made up man of the year awards. None of that phases either the Republican party nor Trump supporters. It's the very valid reason why they are largely believed to be stupid!" explained one person. [sic]

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