Ed Driscoll

Our Multifaceted Media, Then And Now

Dan Rather* in 2001:

Bill O’Reilly: I want to ask you flat out, do you think President Clinton’s an honest man?

Dan Rather: Yes, I think he’s an honest man.

O’Reilly: Do you, really?

Rather: I do.

O’Reilly: Even though he lied to Jim Lehrer’s face about the Lewinsky case? :

Rather: Who among us has not lied about . something?

O’Reilly: Well, I didn’t lie to anybody’s face on national television. I don’t think you have, have you?

Rather: I don’t think I ever have. I hope I never have. But, look, it’s one thing

O’Reilly: How can you say he’s an honest guy then?

Rather: Well, because I think he is. I think at core he’s an honest person. I know that you have a different view. I know that you consider it sort of astonishing anybody would say so, but I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.

-Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” May 15, 2001

But that was then, this is now, and the President no longer has a D after his name: “CNN