Skip to comments.Dan Rather Interviews Toby Keith, Asks About Peter Jennings
Posted on 11/12/2003 3:30:20 PM PST by RatherBiased.com
Here's how Rather introduced the exchange: "Producers for ABC Television asked Keith to play a Fourth of July concert, a show hosted by newsman Peter Jennings."
Keith explained: "They come in and start putting the show together, and Pete comes in and says, 'Who does this Toby Keith think he is? And w--and he is not singing this song on my show.'"
"Peter Jennings said that?"
"Peter Jennings said that."
Rather was sure to note that "ABC disputes that Jennings said that." ABC's problem "was that the network didn't want to start the show with a song that, at times, can be very angry." The newsman said Jennings was quoted as saying, "'It was a pity about the Toby Keith issue,' but that opening the show with that song, he says, quote, 'probably wouldn't set the right tone.'"
Keith told Rather he "laughed" after hearing the explanation. "My statement was, 'Isn't he Canadian?' to a bunch of press. They laughed. And then I said, 'Well, I bet Dan Rather wouldn't kick me off his show.'"
Rather responded, "Well, I'm not going to be hypocritical. You wouldn't want me to. I like Peter. He's a good guy."
The singer shot back, "Well, I don't like him, and I'll be honest with you, too."
Dan Rather's a fan of various country music stars such as Willie Nelson and the recently late Johnny Cash, whose tribute concert contained a pre-taped message from the anchor. Whether he is a fan of his patriotic interview subject is another matter.
Another "Forked Tongue" quote for posterity
And another straight shootin country and western singer.
Yeah, and one that'll get my 15 bucks. And I'm not even really a fan......