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Award-winning journalist Dan Rather joined Daily Show host Jon Stewart earlier this week to talk about his new book, Rather Outspoken and his perspective on the changes in the news business.

Rather says that journalism has "lost its guts," and that "politicians have now outsmarted television."

"The trivialization of the news — and what I call the politicalization of news — now results in some news networks just being partisan political propaganda outlets," Rather says in the interview.

Rather left his position with CBS after the 2004 presidential election. While that controversy may have left a stained his reputation, Rather remains a celebrated journalist. What stands out in this interview is his take on media bias and so-called liberal journalism.

"Most journalists I grew up with, most journalists I’ve worked with and practiced with were trying to be honest brokers of information," he says in the interview. "Now, what sometimes got you a reputation you’re liberal, journalists generally form an apprenticeship covering the police beat at midnight, after midnight, it was Saturday night, the charity hospital. Journalists, the best of them, do see a Dickensian side of society that most people don't see. So when they try to call attention to that, people who don't like it say, 'Oh, you're liberal.'"

To see the full interview, follow this link.

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