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Dan Rather Delivers Powerful Tribute to Marines in Iraq
MRC ^ | 11/11/04 | Brent Baker

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."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cbsnews; iraq; rather; tribute
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1 posted on 11/12/2004 9:31:04 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Dan is a whore. Sorry if I offend whores.


2 posted on 11/12/2004 9:33:14 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

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.


3 posted on 11/12/2004 9:34:02 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Too little, too late.


5 posted on 11/12/2004 9:34:31 AM PST by zlala
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To: SMARTY

Dan is still a POS.
I do however have that moving photo as my wallpaper.


6 posted on 11/12/2004 9:34:50 AM PST by AirForceMom (I have post-election elation syndrome)
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To: SMARTY

No offence taken. (hehehe)


7 posted on 11/12/2004 9:35:02 AM PST by ruready4eternity (Carpet Bomb FALLUJAH!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

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.


8 posted on 11/12/2004 9:35:54 AM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

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.


9 posted on 11/12/2004 9:36:06 AM PST by Buttaboom (I didn't play Dungeons and Dragons all those years and not learn a little something about courage.)
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To: ruready4eternity

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.


10 posted on 11/12/2004 9:38:00 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Any link to the photo?


11 posted on 11/12/2004 9:38:04 AM PST by RtWngr
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Coming from Rather, wouldn't we say he is damning
w/ faint praise?

What the hell are you doing watching CBS anyway?

MV


12 posted on 11/12/2004 9:38:53 AM PST by madvlad ((Born in the south, raised around the globe and STILL republican))
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

What a difference bad ratings make.


13 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:16 AM PST by blake6900
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

14 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:25 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2004, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: AirForceMom

Where did you find the picture? I would like to see it.


15 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:27 AM PST by UseYourHead (Smith & Wesson: The original point-and-click interface)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Many innocents have been murdered, hung, and beheaded (or "Rathered")
due to that lying traitorous POS and servant-monkey of the DNC.
16 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:36 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Then I say unto you, send men to summon ... worms. And let us go to Fallujah to collect heads.")
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To: SMARTY

I'm not a whore, more of a slut really.


17 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:37 AM PST by correctthought (Hippies, want to change the world, but all they ever do is smoke pot and smell bad)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Post the pic bump! Bump that POS rather off the air.


18 posted on 11/12/2004 9:41:22 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Thank You America!! For re-electing G W Bush of course!!!)
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To: correctthought

Big club, really. If we would all be honest.


19 posted on 11/12/2004 9:41:33 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think Dan might be trying to hang onto his job. Maybe that internal investigation is getting somewhere after all.

But then again, maybe it isn't.
20 posted on 11/12/2004 9:42:12 AM PST by StJacques
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To: SMARTY

Be patient. This is the scoundrel's last refuge.


21 posted on 11/12/2004 9:42:15 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (From Ku Klux Klan to the modern era of the Koo Kleft Klan...the true RAT legacy.)
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To: JackRyanCIA; Tumbleweed_Connection
"I'd "Rather" not."

I'd Rather not either. ;)

22 posted on 11/12/2004 9:42:47 AM PST by G.Mason (A war mongering, UN hating, military industrial complex loving, Al Qaeda incinerating American.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

First they try to smear Bush by smearing the military by distorting Abu Ghraib. Now this. Is this hollywood or what?


23 posted on 11/12/2004 9:43:29 AM PST by Ben Chad
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To: SMARTY

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.


24 posted on 11/12/2004 9:44:15 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the...feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --J.S. Mill)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Oh! WOW!!!Let's all tune him into our living rooms this evening!!NOT!


25 posted on 11/12/2004 9:47:20 AM PST by shiva
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To: Ben Chad; All
I wish they could find this Marine and get his Name.

This is Life Magazine Material for all the Moms, Dads, Wives and Families.

That is what he is fighting for and it shows.
26 posted on 11/12/2004 9:47:28 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Moore, DumbandWhite 9.11)
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To: Cyber Liberty

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.


27 posted on 11/12/2004 9:47:42 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

He's just trying to suck up to conservatives for the fake memo debacle.

Didn't work, Dan


28 posted on 11/12/2004 9:48:48 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (George W. Bush -- The Terror of the Terrorists)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Wow, I wonder what his name is? He looks like someone I went to school with. Maybe it's his son.


29 posted on 11/12/2004 9:48:50 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens.)
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To: Ben Chad

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.


30 posted on 11/12/2004 9:50:09 AM PST by GianniV
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

He's trying to get on the good side of Americans, especially after showing all his anti-American traits.


31 posted on 11/12/2004 9:53:57 AM PST by KenmcG414
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To: television is just wrong


Hope we can find out who he is and where he's from. He personifies the courage of our brave military men and women.


32 posted on 11/12/2004 9:54:45 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

What you see in that Marine's face is what the enemies of America have been seeing in Marines' faces for 229 years.

DOOM!

Semper Fi and again Happy Birthday Devil Dogs

Semper Fi,
Kelly


33 posted on 11/12/2004 9:55:56 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

The new Democrat extreme makeover has begun!


34 posted on 11/12/2004 9:59:26 AM PST by expatpat
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

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.


35 posted on 11/12/2004 9:59:47 AM PST by caisson71
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

This little spiel of his is probably plagurized from an angry letter he recieved from someone.


36 posted on 11/12/2004 10:00:04 AM PST by monkeywrench
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

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


37 posted on 11/12/2004 10:01:21 AM PST by JFC ( President Bush, You are being prayed for along with our country daily, by millions of us.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Thank you for the photo. This is who makes it happen for you and I to enjoy our coffee/tea in the morning , pull back the curtain and see the sun shining in and take a deep breath and say "ahh what a beautiful day" Thank you to the Service men and women .God protect you all.
38 posted on 11/12/2004 10:01:24 AM PST by ruready4eternity (Carpet Bomb FALLUJAH!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Bleep Blather up his Bleep with a red hot burning W branding iron.


39 posted on 11/12/2004 10:03:18 AM PST by benjaminjjones
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To: KenmcG414

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.........


40 posted on 11/12/2004 10:05:37 AM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: NorCalRepub

CBS delenda est.


41 posted on 11/12/2004 10:10:45 AM PST by ReadyNow (When you see the eye, expect a lie!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

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."


42 posted on 11/12/2004 10:11:25 AM PST by Blue Screen of Death (/i)
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To: JFC

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.


43 posted on 11/12/2004 10:15:05 AM PST by BushisTheMan
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To: rwfromkansas

Yeah, but "biased journalism" is almost a redundancy these days.


44 posted on 11/12/2004 10:18:26 AM PST by Innisfree
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

He's a PHONEY lying piece of lieberally warned over chit!


45 posted on 11/12/2004 10:21:41 AM PST by funkywbr
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Lets hope that Rather didn't utter his oft-repeated lie that he himself is a former Marine.


46 posted on 11/12/2004 10:22:07 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Broken clock alert.


47 posted on 11/12/2004 10:22:35 AM PST by edchambers ("Rock n Roller with one foot in the grave")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Dan Rather is Not an Ex-Marine
 
Dan Rather an "old Marine"?
 
Time To Look At Dan Rather's Military Records! Did Rather "cut and run" from Marine Corps?

48 posted on 11/12/2004 10:24:54 AM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Cyber Liberty

That is a great picture CL!

LTNS!


49 posted on 11/12/2004 10:26:35 AM PST by ThomasMore (Pax et bonum!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Dan Blather's rather not good intentions!


50 posted on 11/12/2004 10:40:18 AM PST by RAY (They that do right are all heroes!)
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