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									Dan Rather
  Chris Raine
    J-503
  May 5, 2007
      Dan Rather




“A Pioneer and a Lightning Rod”
                       Early Career
•   1950 - Began career as AP
    reporter in Huntsville, TX
•   1959 - Became news director for
    KHOU-TV in Houston
•   1961 - Reported live from
    Galveston seawall during
    Hurricane Carla
•   1962 - Hired by CBS as a news
    correspondent
•   1964 - Became CBS White House
    Correspondent
•   1968 - Punched by security
    “thugs” at Democratic
    convention in Chicago
Rather succeeds Cronkite




         March 9, 1981
CBS Evening News 1991




 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9mYUgBDe5g
           Falling Ratings
• In 1980’s CBS Evening News
  was the top rated news
  program in America
• In 1989, CBS falls to second
  place
• By 1995, CBS is third in the
  ratings

• All the networks’ ratings are
  falling as cable news and the
  internet offer more choices
              Enter Connie Chung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0fRkfh5kr8


•   Connie Chung becomes co-
    anchor June 1st, 1993
•   Rather and Chung have shaky
    relationship
•   Chung does more fluff interviews
    and pop journalism
•   Pairing doesn’t help ratings
•   Chung removed as anchor after
    insensitive Oklahoma City
    bombing questions
   Interview with a Tyrant




Rather interviews Saddam Hussein shortly after Iraq
                   invades Kuwait
         “Rather” Biased
• Rather is a constant target of
  conservatives, who accuse
  him of reporting with a strong
  liberal bias
• Former CBS reporter
  Bernard Goldberg levels
  charges of “heavy liberal
  bias” at CBS and Rather
• Accusations stretch from
  Nixon years to Iran-Contra
  coverage to 2004 election
             “RatherGate”




• In 2004, Rather reported that he had documents proving that
  President Bush did not fulfill his military duties
• “Killian Documents” are alleged to be fakes by bloggers and other
  news organizations
• Rather stands by his reporting
• Leads to his retirement as anchor of CBS Evening News, March 9,
  2005
     Dan Rather’s Legacy
•   Anchored CBS Evening News for
    24 years
•   Longest tenure as network news
    anchor in history
•   Dominated the news ratings for
    nearly a decade before decline
•   Widely respected, widely hated
•   In America’s living rooms for
    over 40 years, covering
    presidents from JFK to George
    W. Bush
                   Citations
Wikipedia entry: Dan Rather. Retrieved on May 5, 2007.

www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=49&aid=74795

www.museum.tv/archives/etv/R/htmlR/ratherdan/ratherdan.htm

www.stateofthemedia.org/2007/chartland

www.csmonitor.com/2005/0309/p03s01-ussc.html

								
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