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Not Even Mike Wallace or Walter Cronkite Watch Dan Blather

Drudge has up some pre-release snippets from a New Yorker story on Dan Rather. By and large it is the same drivel. Dan Rather is still a legend in his own mind and as clueless as ever. I was about to skip reading the rest when I hit this tidbit:

Perhaps surprisingly, a number of Rather's CBS colleagues conceded that they do not watch Rather's newscast. Mike Wallace says, "Rather is a superb reporter, and dead honest. But he's not as easy to watch as Jennings or Brokaw." Walter Cronkite says that he often watched Brokaw and that it seemed that viewers felt "that Dan was playing a role of newsman, that he was conscious of this, whereas the other two appeared to be more the third-party reporter."

That is just freaking priceless.

And if, by chance, you needed more evidence of the self-delusion at CBS:

Don Hewitt, who favors Jennings, puts it this way: "The 'Evening News' is like Miss America, only it's Mr. America. If you're in a three-network race and you come in third, then the public is against you." Rather says that many years of cutbacks at CBS News produced changes that Edward R. Murrow "wouldn't feel good about. And neither do I." Over all, though, he says, "I have tried to speak truth to power." In the end, he adds, "I believe in the dream, the magical mystical kingdom of CBS News. It may exist only in our minds, but that makes it no less real."

Here's a note Mr. Hewitt... If something only exists in your mind, it is called a hallucination.

[Kevin adds] - Drudge's content is from a press release from The New Yorker.

Comments (14)

I think there are several A... (Below threshold)

I think there are several Axis I diagnoses in the DSM that cover Mr. Hewitt's amd his cohorts at CBS delusional thinking...

Also this is why I still re... (Below threshold)

Also this is why I still read the New Yacker [not a typo like my amd above]. Its not just the cartoons. There's great humor (unintended) seething right below the surface. The cover with W and JFK in their respective Vietnam era uniforms was a great example. I am sure this was an attempt to dis the W, but I think there are many folks who do wear or have worn the Green Bag who saw the caricature was at JFK's expense, not the President's.

"If something only exist... (Below threshold)

"If something only exists in your mind, it is called a hallucination."

LOL!!! (see, I told you I got your humor)

The only thing funnier than that is the "magical mystical kingdom of CBS News." Sorta like the Wizard of Oz where a doddering old man pretends to be the great all knowing.....wait a second! THAT IS CBS NEWS! He was right!

Remember that "doddering ol... (Below threshold)

Remember that "doddering old man" was a snake-oil salesman back in Kansas...

I hate to be an "ageist" he... (Below threshold)

I hate to be an "ageist" here, but I don't know how else to explain their lost of touch with reality. Maybe, chalking it up to elitism wd be more fair. Give me someone who knows the truth, tells the truth, and I could care less if he stutters on air.

/one of millions of CBS non... (Below threshold)

/one of millions of CBS non-viewers on

"Rather stutters.....Hmmmm....I never knew that..."

/one of millions of CBS non-viewers off

Did Edward R. Murrow make $... (Below threshold)

Did Edward R. Murrow make $7 million a year like Rather does?

I'm guessing Murrow "wouldn't feel good about that." And neither do I.

Two thoughts. One, the idea... (Below threshold)
Christopher Rake:

Two thoughts. One, the idea of Rather "speaking truth to power" is hilarious. Dan Rather is power, or at least he was, and if he saw himself as some kind of beleagured outsider fighting The Man, it explains much.

Secondly, Wallace and Cronkite speaking like this about Rather has a whiff of rats fleeing the sinking ship. No, I don't think Hewitt and Cronkite are rats; they're accomplished newsmen even though I'd take issue with many of their attitudes. But geez, it isn't like the man doesn't have enough arrows in his back that he needs to be attacked from inside the tribe. Score-settling, perhaps. I know Cronkite felt that he was misled by CBS about his post-anchor role there, though I never read that Rather had anything to do with that.

And, uh "The magical mystical kingdom of CBS News?"

Paging Kenneth?

RE: Paul's post (10:38 AM)<... (Below threshold)

RE: Paul's post (10:38 AM)
Don Hewitt - "...It may exist only in our minds, but that makes it no less real."

"Lucy Ramirez" exposed. Film at 5:30.

So, Cronkite thinks the vie... (Below threshold)

So, Cronkite thinks the viewers see Dan as playing the role of a newsman. That might explain this headline.

Overview response here: ne... (Below threshold)

Overview response here: network whoevers are now attempting to frame Dan Rather in whatever deflecting way possible, to both acknowledge viewer, um, loss of confidence and to acknowledge their own, um, need to remain affiliated with that which has lost viewer confidence.

It's ~sorta like~ reading about an ongoing confidence game.

Heh, if you don't like Rath... (Below threshold)
Tom Hartmann:

Heh, if you don't like Rather, don't watch. Some of us like his stance. If you're not liberal, go suck on George Bush's boots for pleasure.

Cronkite was someone I admi... (Below threshold)
Tom White:

Cronkite was someone I admired for years.
The back stabbing comments he has made these past couple of weeks about Dan Rather have made me change my opinion.
Dan and other reporters feeding Cronkite good stories were what made Cronkite trusted as a newsman. He couldn't have done it without people like Dan Rather.

From what I can determine, ... (Below threshold)
Tom Higgins:

From what I can determine, the Wallace and Cronkite quotes are three years old and being dusted off to undermine Rather. He IS capable of self-effacing honesty; how many people watched him on Letterman last week being pummeled over the Bush National Guard mess? I hope Dan and John Kerry and I all live long enough to see W get what he truly deserves for all the lies he has maliciously told about himself and those he has decreed to be his enemies.






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