Hansen accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from RTDNF. @JonahJavad

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Dale Hansen Came Prepared to Accept His Lifetime Achievement Award

The Channel 8 broadcaster gets real about the profession.

Last night, Dale Hansen was honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association in Washington D.C. He received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s a pretty big deal. Hansen has said as much.

Had you been in the crowd last night, knowing Hansen was about to take the podium, having watched his career or at least seen some of the viral clips, you’d probably have anticipated some stirring remarks. Hansen didn’t disappoint.

A selection:

That’s why it offends me, that’s why it disgusts me, when we are referred to as fake news, when we are referred to as the enemy of the American people. We are the people who tell the truth. We report the facts and we expose the lies. Do we make mistakes sometimes? Of course we do. But anyone who is dumb enough to confuse the occasional media mistake with media bias would be dumb enough to confuse today’s weather with climate.

WFAA captured the entirety of the Hansen portion of the ceremony. His speech goes about 13 minutes in all, starting halfway through.

Sports anchor Jonah Javad threw a couple minutes on Twitter, as well, including the above quote:

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Comments

  • bmslaw

    After watching Dale Hansen receive this award and hearing his comments, I am grateful that there are still people like him courageous enough to speak out and speak well.

  • Ed Huff

    Dale is an opinion man not a newsreader. He is entitled to his “truth” but not everybody buys into it. I was in a jury pool with Mr. Hansen once . I’m pretty sure that media celebrities get weary of their fans or the public in general so I didn’t say anything to him. He must have been having a bad day because he was not nice to the regular folks who attempted to chat with him. Must have been one of those media personality “mistakes” we never hear about.

    • Sane Sports Fan

      And I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Channel 8’s ratings are, well, not that good. When I moved to Dallas, I honestly knew enough to avoid News 8 like the plague, and Hansen’s commentaries are a big factor as to why (not the only factor, but still). And it sounds like you’re not the only one who sees through that facade from your story.

  • Mavdog

    I consider myself fortunate to be able to listen to Dale Hansen and hear his thoughts.
    Dale is a treasure to us here in Dallas.
    Thank you Dale.