Skip to comments.Dan Rather Delivers Powerful Tribute to Marines in Iraq
Posted on 11/12/2004 9:31:04 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
No matter how obnoxious of a conservative-bashing liberal crusader Dan Rather is much of the time, when he returns to his patriotic Texas roots, he does so powerfully -- as he did Wednesday night in concluding the CBS Evening News with an emotional tribute to U.S. Marines. With a photo on screen of a grizzled Marine in Fallujah, Rather urged viewers: "Study it, absorb it, think about it. Then take a deep breath of pride. And if your eyes don't dampen, you're a better man or woman than I. Where such men come from and what will happen to our country when they cease to come, we can wonder with worry. But for now, we have them, and they are there in that brown hell known as Iraq. Whatever you may think of the war, they went for the right reason: They loved their country."
At the end of the November 10 newscast, Rather asked: "Now, if I may, with your indulgence, this is personal."
Up on screen, CBS displayed a picture, by Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Sinco, of a Marine in Fallujah with dirt of his face, blood on his nose and a cigarette hanging from his mouth.
As the photo enlarged and CBS zoomed in, Rather asserted: "The picture, did you see it? The best war photograph of recent years is in many newspapers today, front page in some. Taken by Luis Sinco of the Los Angeles Times, it is this close-up of a U.S. Marine on the front lines of Fallujah. He is tired, dirty and bloodied, dragging on that cigarette, eyes narrowed and alert, not with the thousand-yard stare of a dazed infantryman so familiar to all who have seen combat firsthand up close. No, this is a warrior with his eyes on the far horizon, scanning for danger. See it, study it, absorb it, think about it. Then take a deep breath of pride. And if your eyes don't dampen, you're a better man or woman than I. Where such men come from and what will happen to our country when they cease to come, we can wonder with worry. But for now, we have them, and they are there in that brown hell known as Iraq. Whatever you may think of the war, they went for the right reason [Rather back on screen in place of the picture]: They loved their country. May these men and women of honor, valor, integrity and loyalty know that they, their deeds and their sacrifices are not forgotten. That can be validated by every schoolchild in America being shown the picture and having it explained to them, lest they, and we, forget. For the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather reporting. Good night."
Dan is a whore. Sorry if I offend whores.
Oooooooooo Dan Blather trying to redeem himself is like an outside toilet being sprayed with "Smell B-Gone". He's tainted and his odorous smell can't be covered up.
Too little, too late.
Dan is still a POS.
I do however have that moving photo as my wallpaper.
No offence taken. (hehehe)
Amazing, isn't it, he clearly gets what this marine is up to- but seems incapable of carrying that one thought through to it's logical conclusion(s).
A man at war with himself, in the grand liberal flip-flop tradition.
I'm from Wisconsin, where cheese is revered. Rather is too cheesy even for me.
He could stand on his head stark naked professing his love for GWB and I still wouldn't watch.
Actually, whores must be way more honorable than journalists. Whores are what they are and do not pretend to anything else. They make a straight forward deal and stick to it. Journalism, well... that's nothing nearly so authentic or honorable.
Any link to the photo?
Coming from Rather, wouldn't we say he is damning
w/ faint praise?
What the hell are you doing watching CBS anyway?
What a difference bad ratings make.
Where did you find the picture? I would like to see it.
I'm not a whore, more of a slut really.
Post the pic bump! Bump that POS rather off the air.
Big club, really. If we would all be honest.
Be patient. This is the scoundrel's last refuge.
I'd Rather not either. ;)
First they try to smear Bush by smearing the military by distorting Abu Ghraib. Now this. Is this hollywood or what?
Hey now, BIASED journalism isn't noble.
Real objective, tough journalism is. Without journalists, half the crap that is uncovered about what goes on in govt. would never see the light of day.
Oh! WOW!!!Let's all tune him into our living rooms this evening!!NOT!
You can see absolutely EVERYTHING in his face... honor, sense of duty, exhaustion, courage, sacrifice, determination, nobility..YES nobility. Everything but fear! If I was a terrorist, I would be laying down skid marks to get away from this guy.
He's just trying to suck up to conservatives for the fake memo debacle.
Didn't work, Dan
Wow, I wonder what his name is? He looks like someone I went to school with. Maybe it's his son.
Wait a minute. Why is this young man smoking? Wasn't he warned by the tobacco companies about the dangers of smoking? And what about the effect on the ozone layer from the smoke? And what about second hand smoke? Will the Iraqis have to breath it? Isn't that arrogant of him?
There is so much about this picture that offends liberals. When will Dan apologize for praising this soldier? And Dan - you may want to wake up - schools teach kids to HATE the military.
He's trying to get on the good side of Americans, especially after showing all his anti-American traits.
Hope we can find out who he is and where he's from. He personifies the courage of our brave military men and women.
What you see in that Marine's face is what the enemies of America have been seeing in Marines' faces for 229 years.
Semper Fi and again Happy Birthday Devil Dogs
The new Democrat extreme makeover has begun!
I'm sorry, but there is nothing Dan BLather could say that would make me listen/believe him. He has blood on his hands and he will have to answer for what he has done and continues to do.
This little spiel of his is probably plagurized from an angry letter he recieved from someone.
Dan is a liar and I do not give him and credit!
He caused our MILITARY to be in harms way while he and his stupid hate Bush group spew lies on their newscast!
He makes me CRY! Get the heck out of our living rooms
Bleep Blather up his Bleep with a red hot burning W branding iron.
you are sooooooooo right..........I think he is just putting on a show for the folks to show he is a "real american"...........and even if he is sincere, he has lost so much credibility that no one really gives a f**k about what he thinks or feels.........
CBS delenda est.
Dan should have added.... "and no matter how much we here at CBS and our friends at the New York Times tried to demoralize soldiers like this and no matter how much support and comfort we gave to their enemies, this Marine and many others continue the brave fight."
It gives me pleasure to know that Dan Blather will be gone before President Bush leaves office.
Like Sharon outlasting Arafat, Bush will still be there when Rather is gone gone gone gone gone.
Yeah, but "biased journalism" is almost a redundancy these days.
He's a PHONEY lying piece of lieberally warned over chit!
Lets hope that Rather didn't utter his oft-repeated lie that he himself is a former Marine.
Broken clock alert.
That is a great picture CL!
Dan Blather's rather not good intentions!
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