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Mark Cuban Hired Dan Rather to Do One Thing in Trump Era: ‘Go Piss People Off’

In a Politico article that focuses on the rise of 85-year-old veteran newsman Dan Rather, Mark Cuban explained why he hired him for his AXS TV network.

“He is the Energizer Bunny. He keeps going and going, and the country is better for it,” said Cuban in the interview. Cuban also opened up about just what he told Rather to do: “Go piss people off.”

After leaving CBS News in 2004 after a controversial report questioning President George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service, Rather remained in relative obscurity until recently. With a Facebook following of over two million fans, Rather has returned as a very vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

Through several extended Facebook posts, Rather has cemented a position as one of the voices of “The Resistance” against President Trump. Two days prior to President Trump’s inauguration, Rather went viral with a post bracing for the change of Donald Trump:

We hear a lot about how the “norms” of American politics have gone out the window. Some of that, while worrisome, is more a question of tone. We have never had a president who talks and acts the way Mr. Trump has to date. But other “norms” like the role of the Russians, the FBI director, the ethics considerations in Congress, and many more – those norms aren’t about style or the personality of the new president. They are what holds our democracy together.

Rather’s February 24 response to the barring of certain outlets from a White House press gaggle was shared over 90,000 times:

The barring of respected journalistic outlets from the White House briefing is so far beyond the norms and traditions that have governed this republic for generations, that they must be seen as a real and present threat to our democracy. These are the dangers presidents are supposed to protect against, not create.

And on March 20, Rather asked his followers to pray after FBI Director James Comey’s Congressional testimony:

If you are a praying person, today is a day to pray for the future of your country. I have seen a lot in my decades in the press, but I have never seen a day like this. This is a stress test for our democratic institutions and one can only hope that the system of checks and balances we hold so dear, can indeed hold.

If Mark Cuban did hire Dan Rather to “go piss people off,” it definitely looks like he’s doing his job.