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.