These companies have a lot of interests to protect—corporate, international conglomerates, lawyers, and so forth.

I was told in the beginning that’s not true. “Nobody’s gonna hire me to anchor Election Night and nor should they. Joe Biden is the most cosseted presidential candidate in memory. Log In.

And I am really worried about the direction of the country.
Social media can be a big part of that,” he said. or. Now, more than a decade after he left his perch and at 84 years old, Rather has returned to broadcasting—only this time, on Facebook. Log In. Politician. I’m not owned by anyone. “I tip my Stetson to him for that,” Rather said. . And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. The rhetoric is the candidate. Thinking he was speaking to a fellow reporter on the ground, Eddie Barker, who was elsewhere in Dallas, he was actually on the line with the CBS News control room in New York: “Did you say, ‘dead’? Vamping for the Politico photo shoot, Rather brought out a costume and props: He wears a trenchcoat and carries a reporter’s notebook, as though he’s ready to pump Kid Rock for sources. I was advised by people with a whole lot more experience than me in this area. Hundreds of thousands of people have shared these posts.

It’s disinformation. But here’s one good reason: Each post is filled with equal parts foreboding and hope. “Enough is enough. From the beginning,it was an imperfect document that established a deeply flawed nation. It’s one of those things you learn along the road. Entertaining his audience has always come first and if (as in Dallas) he sometimes mangled a story so badly that he would have been fired if he had been working on a small-market city desk, he always kept his newsman face on. Rather had heard from a priest that the president was dead, but knew that wasn’t a strong enough source to back up such a huge story, so he didn’t pass along the tip to his superiors while he tried to shore up the rumor. “If a rumor sounded solid to him . “The pressures are such now—to be fast, to be first, to be quick off the mark—that the old journalism adage of, ‘You trust your mother, but you cut the cards,’ it just can’t hold under today’s pressures.

Never before have the ... It’s debunked. I’m just not going to go there. For once, I’ve been right.

or. My hope is they will return.

That same entry ends like this: “I am optimistic the trance is being broken. You learn, if you’re a first-rate journalism pro, to try to emphasize calm when chaos, hysterical, or quick judgments are the norm. Not every one (of the posts) breaks through to the high numbers. Fear instead the judgment of history.”.

The appeal to younger progs seems to work like this: Donald Trump’s presidency is so outrageous that even staid, studiously neutral octogenarian anchorman Dan Rather agrees with us and is publicly losing his spit. The Rachel Maddow Show.

But it set our country on a path of hope and renewal. I recognize I’m operating in a whole new journalistic cosmos. This is nothing really new for Rather. The Constitution of the United States turns 233 years old today.

I’m not a definitive voice, but I have one that I hope is thought provoking. Dan Rather is on Facebook.

Dan Rather was never much of a journalist. This allows people to feel like they belong to a community. “Accurately or not, Rather was credited with being the first to report the death of the president.”. Our little effort here on Facebook shows that there is that hunger out there—that we expect journalists to seek out the truth and post truth as they can. Dan Rather, Facebook Anchorman. TV Show. It is going to be the way for journalists to reach an audience that matters.”. It is a reality that every reporter must come to grips with. Log In. That is true. I don’t seek to mislead anybody. When Trump announced his candidacy, in the early summer of last year, I did say to myself—and I wrote something along the lines of—Don’t underestimate this guy. Not Now. I do, sometimes in tight corners, even in dangerous places just that. I want to be myself.
The Lincoln Project.

“Dan had an overwhelming drive and ambition, and at times his ambition overcame his journalistic caution,” Rather’s longtime CBS colleague Bob Pierpoint told Weisman, adding, “He had a more dramatic persona than the others.” (Pierpoint praised Rather’s “mannerism and his delivery.”), The “dramatic persona” gradually grew ridiculous, as during the 1980 60 Minutes segment that Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales memorably dubbed “Gunga Dan.” Rather, dressed ludicrously in mujahideen-wear, breathlessly told the cameras that he was disregarding his own safety and sneaking into Afghanistan for a segment Shales called “punchy, crunchy, highly dramatic, and essentially uninformative. It did go through my mind that I spent a good deal of my life chasing ratings.