Remember Dan Rather ?
I'll certainly have to ensure such sloppy, slacking stops.
Reuters ran a rather revealing Dan Rather related report on Monday, and This Old Brit took until today to get to grips with it. That's two darned days, damn it.
But better late than never -- so here's said story's header :
Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order'Duh, Dan!
September 19, 2005 22:11:20
By Paul J. Gough
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather said Monday that there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career.
As dear a darling man and genuine good guy, as you may well be, that's not exactly news to those in the know.
But maybe this is.
Addressing the Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan, occasionally forcing back tears, he said that in the intervening years, politicians "of every persuasion" had gotten better at applying pressure on the conglomerates that own the broadcast networks. He called it a "new journalism order."Aha! That's much more like it, Mr Rather.
He said this pressure -- along with the "dumbed-down, tarted-up" coverage, the advent of 24-hour cable competition and the chase for ratings and demographics -- has taken its toll on the news business. "All of this creates a bigger atmosphere of fear in newsrooms," Rather said.
As is this super snippet.
Nevin asked Rather if he felt the same type of repressive forces in the Nixon administration as in the current Bush administration.Well darn it Dan, don't you dare stop speaking out now -- 'cos this is the sort of stuff that should certainly be aired & shared.
"No, I do not," Rather said. That's not to say there weren't forces trying to remove him from the White House beat while reporting on Watergate; but Rather said he felt supported by everyone above him, from Washington bureau chief Bill Small to then-news president Dick Salant and CBS chief William S. Paley.
"There was a connection between the leadership and the led . . . a sense of, 'we're in this together,"' Rather said. It's not that the then-leadership of CBS wasn't interested in shareholder value and profits, Rather said, but they also saw news as a public service.(snip)
And Dan the man, also said this.
Nevins took up the cause for Rather, who was emotional several times during the event.
"When a man is close to tears discussing his work and his lip quivers, he deserves bosses who punch back. I feel I would punch back for Dan," Nevins said.
Rather praised the coverage of Hurricane Katrina by the new generation of TV journalists and acknowledged that he would have liked to have reported from the Gulf Coast.
"Covering hurricanes is something I know something about," he said.
"It's been one of television news' finest moments," Rather said of the Katrina coverage. He likened it to the coverage of President Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
"They were willing to speak truth to power," Rather said of the coverage.
"I gave it everything I had, I didn't hold anything back. I did the best newscast we were capable of doing," Rather said.Ready to read the rest?
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