Dan Rather gets rather choked up and 'Rather Outspoken' at BEA 2012
Renowned for his twenty-four years in the hot seat as CBS Evening News anchor (1981-2005), Dan Rather sat for an interview with Ingram Content Group President Skip Pritchard at the 2012 BookExpo America book publishing convention to talk about his new book, Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News (Grand Central Publishing; May, 2012). Crediting his childhood bout with rheumatic fever--the core values the debilitating disease taught him--as a main source of his enormous success in journalism, Rather next described a key figure in his childhood development--'the Park Lady'--who led him to libraries and reading. Rather reviewed the early years of his radio and TV career, noting that his ability to ad lib had helped him land his first TV job, and then recalling how he became known as the inventor of hurricane news coverage. Recalling his days as a CBS News reporter during the turbulent 1960's, Rather became rather choked up at the memory of a civil rights protest in which fire hoses were used on human beings to disperse the crowd, before moving on to the Watergate scandal and his recollections of Martin Luther King. Rather then offered quick assessments of the U.S. Presidents he has interviewed in his sixty-five years of journalism, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush. After weighing-in on the 2012 White House contenders, Obama and Romney, Rather closed with a rather outspoken, scathing indictment of media, pointing to the fact that no one else ran what became known as the 'Bush story', in which he alleged that Bush was inexplicably AWOL for over a year of his Air Force assignment during the Viet Nam war, a story Rather proudly stands by to this day.
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