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Emotional Rather blasts 'new journalism order'
Brietbart.com ^ | September 19, 2005 | By Paul J. Gough, Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Posted on 09/19/2005 8:36:17 PM PDT by aculeus

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - 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.

Rather famously tangled with President Nixon and his aides during the Watergate years while Rather was a hard-charging White House correspondent.

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."

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.

Rather was accompanied by HBO Documentary and Family president Sheila Nevins, both of whom were due to receive lifetime achievement awards at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards on Monday evening.

Nevins said that even in the documentary world, there's a certain kind of intimidation brought to bear these days, particularly from the religious right.

"If you made a movie about (evolutionary biologist Charles) Darwin now, it would be revolutionary," Nevins said. "If we did a documentary on Darwin, I'd get a thousand hate e-mails."

Nevin asked Rather if he felt the same type of repressive forces in the Nixon administration as in the current Bush administration.

"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. Rather said he knew very little of the intense pressure to remove him in the early 1970s because of his bosses' support.

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.

Rather sidestepped the question of what should happen to the evening news in the expected makeover. "Not my call," he said. And he said he hadn't been asked, either.

"I gave it everything I had, I didn't hold anything back. I did the best newscast we were capable of doing," Rather said.

Nevins, who almost single-handedly has kept the art of the independent documentary on television, said the HBO documentaries show real life and do it with as little damage to the subjects as possible. She said the producers and directors "respect mostly the people on the other side of the camera."

Nevins said she didn't shy away from such R-rated topics as "G-String Divas" and "Taxicab Confessions" but noted that sex and passion have been topics of literature since Chaucer's day. "The most R-rated is a body bag, not a naked body," Nevins said.


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1 posted on 09/19/2005 8:36:17 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus

who gives a crap what that old, bitter fool has to say?


2 posted on 09/19/2005 8:37:03 PM PDT by Tiger Smack (www.tigersmack.com/boards --------------- GEAUX TIGERS!)
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To: aculeus

who gives a crap what that old, bitter fool has to say?


3 posted on 09/19/2005 8:37:13 PM PDT by Tiger Smack (www.tigersmack.com/boards --------------- GEAUX TIGERS!)
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To: aculeus

The old order was dying. It was beginning to create rather than report the news. Too bad he held on unnecessarily. Too bad he actively and obviously tried to turn an election by reporting falsehoods.


4 posted on 09/19/2005 8:40:19 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and Ye shall find.)
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To: aculeus
Dan Rather...Dan Rather....

That name sort of rings a bell. :-)
5 posted on 09/19/2005 8:40:43 PM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: aculeus
Hey Dan, you discredited, washed-up has-been...here is what most thinking people think about your opinions...

This guy somehow thinks he is some kind of expert on world events. Sad.

6 posted on 09/19/2005 8:41:01 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Tiger Smack

I think it's funny, course they are both jokes.


7 posted on 09/19/2005 8:41:08 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: aculeus
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.

No, it just means your time is over...step aside.

8 posted on 09/19/2005 8:41:13 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: aculeus
"All of this creates a bigger atmosphere of fear in newsrooms,"

Be afraid, you com-symp socialist fraud and fellow marxist propgandist perverts, be very afraid.

9 posted on 09/19/2005 8:41:13 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: aculeus

HAHAHA I got a great kick out of this Nevins being responsible for "G-String Divas" and "Taxicab Confessions". Both are just straight out leering soft porn junk. As for "documentaries" Taxicab Confessions is NOT real. That's obvious to anyone who observes the way it's filmed and the alleged "real life conversations." My favorite was the one in which the scumbag performed oral sex on his skank girlfriend in the back of the cab. As the finale to a 5 minute cab discussion of everything about their sex lives. Very realistic. Dan had some real good support there.


10 posted on 09/19/2005 8:42:32 PM PDT by Williams
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To: aculeus

"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."

BWAAAAHAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAA!


11 posted on 09/19/2005 8:42:37 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: hiredhand

Isn't he the guy who played Hoss on Bonanza? Oh, yeah, that was Dan BLOCKER....so who is Dan Rather?


13 posted on 09/19/2005 8:42:47 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: aculeus

I see he's enjoying his retirement as much as we are.


14 posted on 09/19/2005 8:42:58 PM PDT by Buckhead
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To: aculeus


15 posted on 09/19/2005 8:43:14 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: aculeus
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

COURAGE!


16 posted on 09/19/2005 8:43:59 PM PDT by msnimje (Cogito Ergo Sum Republican)
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To: aculeus

What can a confirmed biased liar do but have tears for a legacy that has gone down the toilet.


17 posted on 09/19/2005 8:44:08 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: aculeus

Those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear.


18 posted on 09/19/2005 8:44:19 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: aculeus
Be afraid Dan, be VERY afraid.

What the HELL is up with these sob sister girly-men like Rather and Voinovich???

19 posted on 09/19/2005 8:44:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: aculeus

Translation: We can't get away with lying anymore.


20 posted on 09/19/2005 8:44:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: aculeus

I don't know if I should laugh hysterically at his obvious bias that is still blatant. ("It's that awful religious right!" ) or throw up because he is such an arrogant jerk! I think I will just laugh!


21 posted on 09/19/2005 8:45:11 PM PDT by ladyinred (It is all my fault okay?)
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To: WestTexasWend

Howdy. Heard on the news earlier that we've been asked to receive some possible Rita evacuees.


22 posted on 09/19/2005 8:45:16 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: aculeus

He's crying because they can't paint a picture and make enough folks believe its reality anymore.


23 posted on 09/19/2005 8:45:27 PM PDT by Nateman
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To: Rome2000

I SWEAR I wrote mine before I saw yours...I SWEAR!! :)


24 posted on 09/19/2005 8:45:53 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: aculeus

Rather: "You can no longer make up crap like the good ole days...."


25 posted on 09/19/2005 8:46:14 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: aculeus
along with the "dumbed-down, tarted-up" coverage, the advent of 24-hour cable competition and the chase for ratings and demographics

Notice how they never mention that the thing that really brought old Danny down .. the internet and forums like this?

26 posted on 09/19/2005 8:47:16 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires.)
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To: Tiger Smack

I guess the "new journalism order" places emphasis on verifying your sources.


27 posted on 09/19/2005 8:47:24 PM PDT by Bouchart ("I was saying boo-urns.....")
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To: Tiger Smack

For Dan Rather, the Katrina catasrophy has been TV's finest hour.

Real nice Dan, real nice.


28 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:01 PM PDT by Crooked Constituent
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To: aculeus

I smell a fa-t. Did someone fa-t? Gudnite dan. Get lost dan.


29 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:03 PM PDT by Waco
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To: aculeus

Courage, Dan.


30 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:04 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: rlmorel

Thanks for the great gif...or whatever it is...too funny!

And of course, I don't give a flying rat's ass about blather either....what a jerkmeister supreme!!


31 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:16 PM PDT by fizziwig
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To: aculeus

along with the "dumbed-down, tarted-up" coverage....

?????????????????

I thought he was the inventor of along with the "dumbed-down, tarted-up" coverage.

go figure.


32 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:28 PM PDT by ottersnot (Kill a commie for your mommie....Johnnie Ramone. American Rocker and patriot)
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To: aculeus

33 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:36 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: hiredhand
That name sort of rings a bell. :-)

He was the guy who forged documents to hurt Republicans.

Pray for W and Our Iraq Winning Troops

34 posted on 09/19/2005 8:48:42 PM PDT by bray (Pray for the Freedom of the Iraqis from Islam)
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To: aculeus

Nice to see Dan aging with grace, strength, & dignity. LOL.


35 posted on 09/19/2005 8:49:27 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: aculeus; All

I have to admit, I usually don't get that much enjoyment out of seeing someone make an ass of themselves or have their fortunes degrade, but...with Dan Rather I make an exception.

Can anyone find the Oliver North column where he talks about how much he dislikes Dan Rather? The one where he describes how Dan Rather showed up hours after a suicide bombing in Iraq, got an unrelated bloody nose which dripped on his stupid vest, but used it as a prop, trying to show how dangerous it was?


36 posted on 09/19/2005 8:49:42 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: onyx; ohioWfan; Dog; My2Cents; Howlin; nopardons; OXENinFLA; kcvl; prairiebreeze; mystery-ak; ...

hehehehe ... poor Danny


37 posted on 09/19/2005 8:49:56 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: aculeus

I can't believe none of y'all have posted this, so I will...

WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY, KENNETH?


38 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:04 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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To: aculeus

.

DAVID SHAW: RATHER's work 'Shoddy, Slipshod' not LIBERAL..?

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1227809/posts

.


39 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:09 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: dfwgator

Translation: We can't get away with lying anymore.

**BINGO**


40 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:15 PM PDT by charrisGOP
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To: aculeus

His comments strike me as "fake, but accurate"


41 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:33 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: aculeus
"All of this creates a bigger atmosphere of fear in newsrooms," Rather said.

It's called competition. It's a healthy thing. Learn to adapt or become extinct.

"I gave it everything I had, I didn't hold anything back. I did the best newscast we were capable of doing," Rather said.

That's it? That's all you had?

42 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:54 PM PDT by Prince Caspian (Don't ask if it's risky... Ask if the reward is worth the risk)
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To: aculeus
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.

Unreal! The dying, socialist "mainstream" newsrooms are shaking in their boots because now they know that they will be called on every lie, distortion, and forgery that they dream up in order to smear conservatives and Republicans. It is way past time for the old media to simply crawl away and die.

In the meantime we will always be left to wonder: How many brazen lies and forged memos did the dinosaur news media get away with over the decades before us new guys showed up to expose them? It is a frightening question to ponder.

43 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:55 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Buckhead

I'm surprised that emotional Dan is not mad at you personally.


44 posted on 09/19/2005 8:50:55 PM PDT by Vision Thing
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To: aculeus
"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.

Hey Dan ... if ther internet was around in Nixon's day

We would have caught you in your lies then also

45 posted on 09/19/2005 8:52:50 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: aculeus
that there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career.

Only because their socialistic house of cards is falling. Anything else they say just is spin. They can't handle the truth getting out.

46 posted on 09/19/2005 8:53:40 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: aculeus; ntnychik; devolve; PhilDragoo; Happy2BMe

All this 'blather' from Dan about Politicians applying pressure is a hoot.

He and his coworkers were never intimidated by anyone and kept spewing their lying versions until they were finally caught in their lies and their ratings went down the drain.

That's what he's crying about.


47 posted on 09/19/2005 8:53:41 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: hispanarepublicana

God bless you and everyone along the Gulf Coast...we're praying this one will fizzle fast, but if Texans have to evacuate they can be certain they'll be well cared for on the South Plains (and elsewhere).

Brace yourself for the nasty MSM onslaught ("the White House was certainly quicker to protect TX than NOLA)... they're as predictable as a hangover and about as welcome.

BTW, how was the tailgating? ;)


48 posted on 09/19/2005 8:53:45 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: aculeus

there is a climate of fear running through newsrooms stronger than he has ever seen in his more than four-decade career
________________________________________________________
mmmm... Smells yummy!


49 posted on 09/19/2005 8:53:55 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear
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To: aculeus

First of all....I HATE the saying "truth to power" and coming from HIS mouth...whose almost LAST newscast was a LIE...makes me sick...

However, I must also say this....WHAT IS ALL OF THESE MEN CRYING????

Voinivich--twice! Coburn! Rather!

What is the wide, wide world of sports is going on here???


50 posted on 09/19/2005 8:53:55 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Arlington, Texas--future home of the Dallas Cowboys!)
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