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Dan Rather spoke at the Aspen Institute this week and gave an impassioned “state of the media” speech included a plea to the president find a way to help.

“I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said.

Andrew Travers at the Aspen Daily continues:

Corporate and political influence on newsrooms, along with the conflation of news and entertainment, has created what Rather called “the dumbing down and sleazing up of what we see on the news.”

It has also thinned the amount of investigative and international journalism. The latter loss of correspondents covering America’s two foreign wars, Rather opined, is both a critical detriment to the nation and a disservice to our troops.

Tears welled in the lifelong reporter’s eyes as he discussed the dwindling number of war correspondents.

Via IWantMedia