- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2016

Legendary broadcaster Dan Rather lectured Donald Trump on what makes “good journalism” after the presumptive GOP presidential nominee lambasted journalists during a press conference this week.

“I felt a shudder down my spine yesterday watching Donald Trump’s fusilade [sic] against the press,” Mr. Ratherwrote on Facebook Wednesday morning. “This is not a moment to be trifled with. It wasn’t his first tirade and it won’t be his last.”

“This is a dirty, nasty election. And it is only going to get worse. The reporters in the trenches need no lecture from me. They are walking through daily minefields, bracing themselves against winds of discontent whose effects no one can predict,” he continued. “I know what it is like to sit in those seats and feel the scorn and even wrath of politicians of all political persuasions. Attacking the press for unfair coverage has long been a bipartisan pursuit. Sometimes it works. I am happy to say that more often it doesn’t. But Trump’s brand of vituperation is particularly personal and vicious. It carries with it the drumbeats of threatening violence. It cannot be left unanswered.

“The relationship between the press and the powerful they cover is by its very definition confrontational,” Mr. Rather argued. “Good journalism — the kind that matters — requires reporters who won’t back up, back down, back away or turn around when faced with efforts to intimidate them.

“I still believe the pen is mightier than the sword. And in these conflicted and troubled times, we should reward the bravery of the men and women not afraid to ask the hard questions of everyone in power. Our nation’s future depends on it,” he concluded.

His post has been shared more than 40,000 times.

It comes amid backlash over Mr. Trump’s confrontational press conference on Tuesday, in which he called an ABC reporter “sleaze” and said the media should be “ashamed” for doubting his claims of raising $6 million for veterans’ groups.

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