Dan Rather appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning and said that people are being too quick to praise Donald Trump as presidential for dropping bombs.
The most notable example of this in the past two weeks was CNN’s own Fareed Zakaria saying that Trump “became president” in response to the Syria strike.
Rather did not mention Zakaria specifically, but he did say, “Dropping bombs, having missile strikes, doesn’t make one presidential.”
He said it’s way too early for that kind of rhetoric because the question really is whether you can “keep the peace” afterward.
Stelter asked Rather if journalists have a tendency to “rally around the flag in moments of crisis.” Rather said most journalists (himself included) “do have that tendency and we should fight it more often.”