Dan Rather Has Best Tweet Of The Day Regarding Trump

Perfect!

Dan Rather—

I get it now. When President Trump rails against the Mueller witch hunt he really means “which” hunt, as in which close aid will be indicted or plead guilty and start cooperating next? I guess the word of the day is homonym.

Dan Rather Still In The Mix

I have always loved Dan Rather.  I even have one of his stories about radio broadcasting in my book Walking Up The Ramp.  There is always a place for Rather in our home.

So the news this weekend is really great when it comes to this famed newsman.

Dan Rather’s brand new weekly SiriusXM program, Dan Rather’s America, will debut the day after Monday’s Presidential debate. Live from Rockefeller Center in New York. Rather, who will turn 85 Oct. 31, shows no signs of slowing down. The program will air on Radio Andy (Channel 102).

From Friday’s announcement:

“I’m pinching myself that Dan has agreed to lend his iconic voice to my channel,” said Andy Cohen. “Now more than ever, I’m hungry to hear his thoughts and reflections about what’s going on in the world.”

In July, Rather covered the DNC and RNC for Radio Andy. The one-hour weekly show will feature a mix of commentary, special guests and calls from listeners.

Two Famous Faces At Republican Convention

I love these guys.  Wouldn’t it be fun to hear what was being said? Imagine the stories they could tell.

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Did Dan Rather See The Irony At Grand Ole Opry With Richard Nixon Connection?

I love Dan Rather.  I also love the Grand Ole Opry.

So I was really pleased with the fact last week Dan Rather was able to announce the opry over WSM.  What a real treat that must have been.

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But then I read something that made me smile, and wonder what was racing through the former reporter’s head.  After all the intense moments that Rather had with former President Richard Nixon there no loss of irony with what happened at the Opry.

The acclaimed journalist, known for covering major events around the world, said he had grown up a fan of the Opry and country music in Texas.

He shared the podium with Opry host Eddie Stubbs to introduce the hosts of his segment, Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys. And the Opry’s “Stars and Stripes” dressing room, which houses the piano played by President Richard Nixon during his Opry visit in 1974, was appropriately designated for his use during his visit.

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Why I Am Jealous Of Dan Rather

I have long admired and respected Dan Rather.  But after reading the following I am just a bit jealous of the opportunity he has tonight.

The Grand Ole Opry is set to welcome legendary American newsman Dan Rather as a special guest announcer this Friday, March 21. The Opry’s guest announcer series continues as part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry House which kicked off last weekend. Among the artists joining Rather on Friday’s show are Charlie Daniels, The Grascals, Kathy Mattea, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

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Former CBS Newsman Dan Rather Reflects On The Day President Kennedy Was Shot

CBS News may not value Dan Rather these days.

But thankfully NBC News does.

I loved Dan Rather on CBS, and found him so intensely driven about the quality of the news.  That matters.

There is much to see of not only Rather, but over 50 interviews that Tom Brokaw conducted for the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death in Dallas.

 

CBS Should Have Included Dan Rather In 50th Anniversary Coverage Of JFK’s Assassination

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When one has access to a part of the drama and chaos that played out during the horrible events from Dallas that left a President of the United States assassinated, and then does not use that person for the 50th anniversary coverage–well it is just plain wrong.  Or more to the point, plain stupid.

CBS is wrong and petty not to have included Dan Rather, long time reporter and then anchor for CBS News, in the 50th anniversary coverage.  The fact is this intrepid reporter was broadcasting from Dallas that day, was a part of the story from a journalistic perspective, and knew the feel and mood of the place and time.  To exclude his insight and memories is pure rubbish.  And CBS should be ashamed for allowing whatever differences they may have with Rather over business matters to interfere with the inclusion for historical purposes of a reporter who was on the ground at the time President Kennedy was killed.

CBS’ special will be anchored by its Washington bureau chief Bob Schieffer, who was a newspaper reporter at the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 1963 and actually gave Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother a ride to Dallas.

Rather said he feels that his exclusion is an affront to history: “This is not a good idea to say ‘We want to change the historical record so we’re going to airbrush this guy out because we don’t like him,’” he said. “They may want to control the way the public thinks about my record, but I’m pretty sure they have not been able to do that.”

 

Howard Kurtz: “Journalists Got Themselves Into This Mess”

You might recall that Dan Rather called for a presidential commission to study the problems with the newspaper world, and the larger needs and concerns within the world of the press.  Needless to say strong thoughts have been expressed on both sides of the quandary by those who care about this matter, and are well versed in the issues faced by reporters and publishers.  One of those contrary views was penned by Howard Kurtz.

Besides, the media’s problems have been endlessly chewed over by the chattering classes at forums, seminars, discussions and panels (including one I moderated in New York that featured, yes, Dan Rather). Indeed, such talkathons may be keeping Aspen’s economy afloat.

There is wide agreement that newspapers, the most endangered species at the moment, provide the most journalistic boots on the ground — particularly at the local level, but also on national and international affairs. There is equal agreement that their business model is busted — which is why the papers in Philadelphia, Chicago (both), Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Baltimore, among others, are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The emerging consensus — that newspapers, having lost their mojo to the Web, have to find a way to charge for content — may soon be tested. Rupert Murdoch has declared that he will begin slapping fees on his news sites, from the Times of London to the Wall Street Journal (which already charges its affluent audience). The Boston Globe, which is in the process of being unloaded by the New York Times Co., also plans to begin charging. Steve Brill’s Journalism Onlinesays 506 newspapers and magazines have signed up for his service to help companies bill their most avid online customers.

Unless the movement becomes a stampede, pay-wall sites may see traffic nosedive as the information-wants-to-be-free crowd heads for the exits. At that point, we will know whether enough people are willing to pay something, anything, for decent reporting. Nonprofit groups, meanwhile, will try to fill the gap.

As an ink-stained wretch, I want to see newspapers survive in some form. But my greater fear is that in a world of Twitter feeds and gigabytes of gossip and a thousand other distractions, most people will see no need to pay for news. There will always be enough aggregators out there for them to cherry-pick the latest headlines, photos and video, caring little that such material has to be collected, somewhere up the food chain, by journalists who need to put food on the table.

That is not a problem that the president of the United States can fix. And I’d rather avoid the political bloviating that would permeate any conference orchestrated by the White House.

The question of government involvement is not merely theoretical. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently arranged a $200,000 development loan to rescue the Bay State Banner, the city’s only black-owned paper, which had ceased publishing.

Menino “knows that he has not purchased biased coverage from the Banner,” the weekly said in an editorial. “He was willing to run the risk of reviving an independent journalistic voice because he knows that at the end of the day, the Banner is good for Boston.” Forgive me for being skeptical about how the paper will cover its patron.

Rather brings some baggage to the debate — he is suing his old network over the fallout from his botched “60 Minutes” story on George W. Bush and the National Guard — but he has been quite consistent on this subject. He often spoke out against corporate influence, sensationalism and trivialization in the news business when he was an anchor, not exempting his own CBS News.

Administration officials might find common ground with Rather’s complaint that television is offering “more opinion, commentary and marketing masquerading as news.” Obama has repeatedly criticized the 24/7 media culture and cable-generated conflict, complaining during a town-hall meeting on health care last week that “the media ends up completely distorting what’s taking place.” Press secretary Robert Gibbs said on the “Today” show: “We all have something to lose, Matt, if we let cable television come to town-hall meetings and kill health-care reform for another year.”

The protests are obviously news, but television’s ardor for replaying the loudest and angriest confrontations has helped hijack the debate over the substance of the legislation.

Rather is right that aggressive reporting is crucial to holding government accountable. Which is why I want the president, who was boosted by sympathetic coverage during the campaign, to keep his distance.

Journalists got themselves into this mess by clinging to the past as technology threatened to pass them by. They’ll have to get themselves out of it without any assistance from the Oval Office.