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Daniel Irvin Rather Jr. (born October 31, 1931) is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS
CBS
Evening News. He currently anchors a newscast called The News with Dan Rather
Dan Rather
at The Young Turks and was previously managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports
Dan Rather Reports
on the cable channel AXS TV. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
for 24 years, from March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS's 60 Minutes. Rather became embroiled in controversy about a disputed news report involving President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and subsequently left CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
in 2005, and he left the network entirely after 44 years in 2006.[1] Along with Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
at ABC News
ABC News
and Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw
at NBC
NBC
News, Rather was one of the "Big Three" news anchors in the U.S. during the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. The three all hosted their network's flagship nightly news programs for over 20 years, and all three started and then retired or died within a year of one another. Rather later filed a $70 million lawsuit after his ouster from CBS, which was tossed out by the judge.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Early career 3 CBS
CBS
News

3.1 JFK assassination to Watergate 3.2 CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
anchor

4 Journalistic history and influence

4.1 Nixon 4.2 Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
Challenger disaster 4.3 Afghanistan, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush 4.4 The Wall Within 4.5 Killian documents

4.5.1 Lawsuit over ouster from CBS
CBS
Network

4.6 Departure from the CBS
CBS
Evening News 4.7 Departure from CBS
CBS
News

5 Post- CBS
CBS
career 6 Personal life 7 Books 8 Awards 9 Criticism

9.1 Claims of bias 9.2 From Walter Cronkite 9.3 From Dallas
Dallas
CBS
CBS
news director Eddie Barker

10 Notable incidents and controversies

10.1 1968 Democratic convention 10.2 Chicago cab ride 10.3 Galloway lawsuit 10.4 "Kenneth, what is the frequency?" 10.5 "Courage" 10.6 Dead air

11 "Ratherisms" 12 In popular culture 13 Ratings 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External links

Early life[edit]

Rather's boyhood home being restored at the Wharton County Museum

Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr. /ˈræðər/ was born on October 31, 1931, in Wharton County, Texas, the son of Daniel Irvin Rather, Sr., a ditch digger,[2] and the former Byrl Veda Page. The Rathers moved to Houston, where Dan attended Love Elementary School and Hamilton Middle School. He graduated in 1950 from John H. Reagan High School in Houston. In 1953, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Sam Houston
Houston
State University[3] where he was editor of the school newspaper, The Houstonian. At Sam Houston,[4] he was a member of the Caballeros, the founding organization of the Epsilon Psi chapter of the Sigma Chi
Sigma Chi
fraternity.[5] After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Rather briefly attended South Texas
Texas
College of Law in Houston, which would later award him an honorary Juris Doctor
Juris Doctor
in 1990. In 1954, Rather enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
United States Marine Corps
but was soon discharged because he had had rheumatic fever as a child.[6] Early career[edit] Rather began his journalism career in 1950 as an Associated Press reporter in Huntsville, Texas. Later, he was a reporter for United Press (1950–1958), several Texas
Texas
radio stations, and the Houston Chronicle (1954–1955). Around 1955, Rather did a story on heroin. Under the auspices of the Houston
Houston
Police, he experienced the drug which he characterized as "a special kind of hell."[7] While at Sam Houston
Houston
State, Rather worked for KSAM-FM radio in Huntsville, Texas, calling junior high, high school, and Sam Houston
Houston
State football games.[8] He later spent four seasons as the play-by-play announcer for the University of Houston
University of Houston
football team.[9] During the 1959 minor league baseball season, Rather was the play-by-play radio announcer for the Houston
Houston
Buffs team of the triple A American Association. In 1959, he began his television career as a reporter for KTRK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Houston. Rather was subsequently promoted to the director of news for KHOU-TV, the CBS
CBS
affiliate in Houston. Ray Miller, news director of KPRC-TV, the NBC
NBC
affiliate in Houston, also mentored Rather in the early years. On February 28, 1962, Rather left Houston
Houston
for New York City
New York City
for a six-month trial initiation. Rather didn't fit in easily on the East Coast, and his first reports for CBS
CBS
included coverage of the crash of American Airlines Flight 1
American Airlines Flight 1
in Jamaica Bay, and a less memorable event on the suffocation of children at a hospital in Binghamton. Shortly after, Rather was made chief of CBS's Southwest bureau in Dallas. In August 1963, he was appointed chief of the Southern bureau in New Orleans, responsible for coverage of news events in the South, Southwest, Mexico
Mexico
and Central America.[10] CBS
CBS
News[edit]

Rather speaking about his experiences in his 61 years of journalism before a group of NATO
NATO
commanders at Camp Eggers
Camp Eggers
in Kabul, Afghanistan in July 2011.

JFK assassination to Watergate[edit] In his autobiography, written with help from ghostwriter Mickey Herskowitz, Rather wrote that he was in Dallas
Dallas
to return film from an interview that morning in Uvalde at the ranch of former Vice President John Nance Garner
John Nance Garner
who actually celebrated his 95th (Rather erroneously called it his 98th) birthday on November 22.[11] Although hired in August to set up a southern bureau for CBS
CBS
in New Orleans, Rather had only recently moved from Dallas
Dallas
to New Orleans
New Orleans
in November [12] and would not have been in Dallas
Dallas
except for the need to get film to Dallas
Dallas
CBS
CBS
affiliate KRLD-TV (now KDFW) to feed to New York. Although he had no assigned reporting role in Dallas, Rather says he happened to be "on the other side of the railroad tracks, beyond the triple underpass, thirty yards from a grassy knoll that would later figure in so many conspiracy theories."[13] His job was to fetch a film drop from a camera truck at that location and take it to the station for editing. He did not witness or hear the shooting, he said. He heard nothing of what may have caused the commotion until he reached KRLD, running all the way through Dealey Plaza, "The moment I cleared the railroad tracks I saw a scene I will never forget. Some people were lying on the grass, some screaming, some running, some pointing. Policemen swarmed everywhere and distinctly above the din, I heard one shout, 'DON'T ANYBODY PANIC.' And of course, there was nothing but panic wherever you looked."[14] There is at least one glaring error in Rather's 1976 book: "Within an hour of the arrest the police disclosed that a paraffin test of Oswald's hands and face showed that he had fired a gun."[15] Lee Harvey Oswald had been arrested in Oak Cliff at 1:55 p.m. Texas time, but the paraffin test was not administered until 8:55 CST, according to expert Pat Speer, who has explained the tests done and their results.[16] [17][18] In his autobiography, he also claims to be one of the first to see the Zapruder film
Zapruder film
showing the assassination and the first to describe it on television.[19] The film was never shown on television to the general public, and Rather reported the fatal headshot as forcing Kennedy's head to be thrown violently forward, when it was thrown backwards. This report is sometimes included as part of conspiracy theories which purport that the direction in which Kennedy's head moved supports one theory or another. Later he reported that some Dallas
Dallas
schoolchildren had applauded when they were notified of the president's death.[20] Administrators said that the thrust of the announcement was that school was to be dismissed early (making the students' delight more understandable), and did not mention the assassination. However, teacher Joanna Morgan confirmed that students had cheered at the news that Kennedy was shot.[21] This story infuriated local journalists at then-CBS affiliate KRLD-TV (now Fox-owned-and-operated KDFW-TV). Rather's reporting during the national mourning period following the Kennedy assassination and subsequent events brought him to the attention of CBS
CBS
News management, which rewarded him in 1964 with the network's White House
White House
correspondent position. After serving as a foreign correspondent for CBS
CBS
in London
London
in 1965 and Vietnam
Vietnam
in 1966, he served his second tenure as White House correspondent during the Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
presidency. Rather was among those journalists who accompanied Nixon to China.[22] He covered the Watergate investigation as well as impeachment proceedings. In 1970, he drew the assignment as anchor for the CBS
CBS
Sunday Night News[23] (1970-1973; 1974-1975), and later for the CBS
CBS
Saturday Evening News (1973-1976). CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
anchor[edit] After President Nixon's resignation in 1974, Rather took the assignment of chief correspondent for the documentary series CBS Reports. In December 1975, he became a correspondent of the long-running Sunday night news show 60 Minutes, just as the program was moved from a Sunday afternoon time-slot to primetime. Success there (and a threat to bolt to ABC News) helped Rather pull ahead of longtime correspondent Roger Mudd
Roger Mudd
in line to succeed Walter Cronkite as anchor and Managing Editor of CBS
CBS
Evening News.

Good evening. President Reagan, still training his spotlight on the economy, today signed a package of budget cuts that he will send to Congress tomorrow. Lesley Stahl
Lesley Stahl
has the story. — Rather's first lines in his debut as anchor of The CBS
CBS
Evening News

Rather assumed the position upon Cronkite's retirement, making his first broadcast on March 9, 1981. From the beginning of his tenure, it was clear that Rather had a significantly different style of reporting the news. In contrast to the avuncular Cronkite, who ended his newscast with "That's the way it is", Rather searched to find a broadcast ending more suitable to his tastes. For one week during September 1986, Rather tried ending his broadcasts with the word "courage"[24] and was roundly ridiculed for it. He eventually found a wrap-up phrase more modest than Cronkite's and more relaxed than his own previous attempt; for nearly two decades, Rather ended the show with "That's part of our world tonight." Rather also held other positions during his time as anchor. In January 1988, he became host of the newly created 48 Hours and in January 1999, Rather joined the new 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
II as a correspondent. While Rather had inherited Cronkite's ratings lead, the success of the Evening News with Rather at the helm fluctuated wildly. After a dip to second place, Rather regained the top spot in 1985 until 1989 when he ceded the ratings peak to rival Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
at ABC's World News Tonight. By 1992, however, the Evening News had fallen to third place where it remained until Bob Schieffer
Bob Schieffer
who acted as the interim anchor between Rather and Katie Couric
Katie Couric
saw the Evening News rise to #2 ahead of ABC World News Tonight
ABC World News Tonight
in the wake of the death of Peter Jennings but remaining behind NBC
NBC
Nightly News. Rather has been a frequent collaborator with CBS
CBS
News producer Susan Zirinsky, who was producer of the news while he was a reporter and anchor.[25] The traditionally strong journalistic bench of CBS
CBS
News was changed in 1984 when new owner Lawrence Tisch
Lawrence Tisch
oversaw layoffs of thousands of CBS News employees, including correspondents David Andelman, Fred Graham, Morton Dean
Morton Dean
and Ike Pappas. Fewer videotape crews were dispatched to cover stories and numerous bureaus were closed. This eventually caused CBS
CBS
News to fall into third place in the ratings.[26] For a short time from 1993 to 1995, Rather co-anchored the evening news with Connie Chung. Chung had previously been a Washington correspondent for CBS
CBS
News and anchored short news updates on the West Coast. On joining the CBS
CBS
Evening News, however, she worked to report "pop news" stories that did not fit the style of broadcast. In one incident, she was on an airplane interviewing Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding
who was accused of being behind the plot to injure fellow Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan.[27] Chung ultimately left the network, and Rather went back to doing the newscast alone. At the end of Rather's time as anchor, CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
lagged behind NBC
NBC
Nightly News and ABC World News Tonight
ABC World News Tonight
in the ratings, though it was still drawing approximately 7 million[dubious – discuss] viewers a night. Criticism of Rather reached a fever pitch after 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
II ran his 2004 report about President Bush's military record. Numerous critics questioned the authenticity of the documents, upon which the report was based. Rather subsequently admitted on air that the documents' authenticity could not be proven.[28] In the aftermath of the incident, CBS
CBS
fired multiple members of CBS
CBS
News staff but allowed Rather to stay on. Journalistic history and influence[edit] Nixon[edit] During Richard Nixon's presidency, critics accused Rather of biased coverage against him. At a Houston
Houston
news conference in March 1974, Nixon fielded a question from Rather, still CBS's White House correspondent, who said, "Thank you, Mr. President. Dan Rather, of CBS News." The room filled with jeers and applause, prompting Nixon to joke, "Are you running for something?" Rather replied, "No, sir, Mr. President. Are you?"[29] His question accused Nixon of not cooperating with grand jury investigation and House Judiciary Committee in relation to the Watergate scandal.[29] According to NBC’s Tom Brokaw, the network considered hiring him to replace Rather as its White House
White House
correspondent, but these plans were scrapped after word was leaked to the press. The controversy did little to dent Rather's overall tough coverage of the Watergate scandal, which helped raise his profile. Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
Challenger disaster[edit] Main article: Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
Challenger disaster In January 1986, NASA
NASA
faced repeated delays in the preparations to launch the space shuttles Columbia and Challenger in close sequence. Rather's description of the 10 January delay of the space shuttle Columbia as "star-crossed space shuttle Columbia stood ready for launch again today and once more the launch was scrubbed. Heavy rain was the cause this time. The launch has been postponed so often since its original date, December 18, that it's now known as mission impossible" was an example of the "biting sarcasm" and pressure the media was applying to NASA
NASA
over scheduling.[30] Columbia launched 12 January. On 27 January, Rather's reporting of the impending Challenger launch began as follows:

Yet another costly, red-faces-all-around space-shuttle-launch delay. This time a bad bolt on a hatch and a bad-weather bolt from the blue are being blamed. What's more, a rescheduled launch for tomorrow doesn't look good either. Bruce Hall has the latest on today's high-tech low comedy. — Dan Rather, 27 January 1986 [31]

On 28 January, Challenger's destruction occurred 73 seconds after launch. Afghanistan, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush[edit]

Rather speaking with Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell
William B. Caldwell
and Sergeant Maj. Beam about the Afghan National Security Forces training mission and other issues at Camp Eggers
Camp Eggers
in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 26, 2011.

During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Rather was on camera wearing a traditional Mujahideen
Mujahideen
headdress and garments while reporting from near the front lines. These reports helped Rather gain prominence with the Evening News audience (and the nickname "Gunga Dan"; Rather's reports were also spoofed by the comic strip Doonesbury). It later turned out that Rather's reports played a role in moving Congressman Charlie Wilson to try to help the struggling mujahideen, which led to the largest-ever CIA covert operation in supplying aid and advanced arms to the mujahideen, which in turn eventually led to the Soviets quitting Afghanistan.[32] Rather's energy and spirit helped him out-compete Roger Mudd
Roger Mudd
for the anchor spot on the Evening News. Mudd was a more senior correspondent and a frequent substitute anchor for Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
on Evening News. He also anchored Sunday evening broadcast, but it was Rather who traveled through Afghanistan when news led there. A few years into his service as anchor, Rather began wearing sweaters beneath his suit jacket to soften and warm his on-air perceptions to viewers.[33] Later during the 1980s, Rather gained further renown for his forceful and skeptical reporting on the Iran-Contra affair, which eventually led to an on-air confrontation with then Vice President George H. W. Bush: Bush referred to Rather's "dead air incident" saying, "I want to talk about why I want to be President, why those 41 percent of the people are supporting me. And I don't think it's fair to judge my whole career by a rehash on Iran. How would you like it if I judged your career by those seven minutes when you walked off the set in New York?" Rather ignored Bush's comment.[34] Shortly after Iraq
Iraq
invaded Kuwait, Rather secured an interview with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

There is no powerful and quick strike that a people could deliver, whatever their overall power. The United States depends on the Air Force. The Air Force has never decided a war in the history of wars. —  Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
in an interview with Dan Rather
Dan Rather
on August 29, 1990[35]

On February 24, 2003, Rather conducted another interview with Hussein before the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. In the interview, Hussein invited Rather to be the moderator of a live television debate between himself and George W. Bush. The debate never took place.[36] The Wall Within[edit] On June 2, 1988, Rather hosted a CBS
CBS
News special, The Wall Within. In it, he interviewed six former servicemen, each of whom said he had witnessed horrible acts in Vietnam. Two of the men said that they had killed civilians, and two others said that they had seen friends die. Each talked about the effects the war had upon their lives – including depression, unemployment, drug use and homelessness. Killian documents[edit] Main article: Killian documents controversy On September 8, 2004, Rather reported on 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
Wednesday that a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush's Texas
Texas
Air National Guard service record had been discovered in the personal files of Lt. Bush's former commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian.[37] Once copies of the documents were made available on the Internet, their authenticity was quickly called into question. Much of this was based on the fact that the documents were proportionally printed and displayed using other modern typographic conventions usually unavailable on military typewriters of the 1970s. The font used on the documents has characteristics that exactly match standard font features of Microsoft Word. This led to claims that the memos were forgeries.[38] The accusations then spread over the following days into mainstream media outlets including The Washington Post,[39] The New York Times,[40] and the Chicago Sun-Times.[41] Rather and CBS
CBS
initially defended the story, insisting that the documents had been authenticated by experts.[42] CBS
CBS
was contradicted by some of the experts it originally cited,[43] and later reported that its source for the documents – former Texas
Texas
Army National Guard officer Lt. Col. Bill Burkett – had misled the network about how he had obtained them.[44] On September 20, CBS
CBS
retracted the story. Rather stated, "If I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question."[45] The controversy has been referred to by some as "Memogate" and "Rathergate."[46] Following an investigation commissioned by CBS,[47][48][49] CBS
CBS
fired story producer Mary Mapes
Mary Mapes
and asked three other producers connected with the story to resign. Many believe Rather's retirement was hastened by this incident.[50] On September 20, 2007, Rather was interviewed on Larry King Live
Larry King Live
commenting "Nobody has proved that they were fraudulent, much less a forgery. ... The truth of this story stands up to this day."[51] Lawsuit over ouster from CBS
CBS
Network[edit] On September 19, 2007, Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS, its former parent company Viacom; CBS
CBS
President and CEO Leslie Moonves; Sumner Redstone, chairman of both Viacom
Viacom
and CBS; and Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS
CBS
News. Rather accused the network and its ownership and management of making him a "scapegoat" in the Killian story. A CBS
CBS
spokesman claimed that the lawsuit was "old news" and "without merit."[52] On September 21, 2009, Rather's lawyers claimed that Bush's military service would be proven to be a sham and Rather would be vindicated.[53] On September 29, 2009, a New York state appeals court dismissed Rather's lawsuit against CBS.[54] On January 12, 2010, New York's top court refused to reinstate Rather's $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS
CBS
Corp. On May 18, 2012, Rather appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher
Real Time With Bill Maher
and claimed he had been fired for reporting a story about George W. Bush's year of absence from the reserve unit he served with, and that the news corporations had been "very uncomfortable" with running the story. Departure from the CBS
CBS
Evening News[edit]

We've shared a lot in the 24 years we've been meeting here each evening, and before I say 'Good night' this night, I need to say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of wonderful professionals at CBS News, past and present, with whom it's been my honor to work over these years. And a deeply felt thanks to all of you, who have let us into your homes night after night; it has been a privilege, and one never taken lightly. Not long after I first came to the anchor chair, I briefly signed off using the word, 'Courage.' I want to return to it now, in a different way: to a nation still nursing a broken heart for what happened here in 2001, and especially to those who found themselves closest to the events of September 11; to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, in dangerous places; to those who have endured the tsunami, and to all who have suffered natural disasters, and must now find the will to rebuild; to the oppressed and to those whose lot it is to struggle in financial hardship or in failing health; to my fellow journalists in places where reporting the truth means risking all; and to each of you, Courage. For the CBS
CBS
Evening News, Dan Rather
Dan Rather
reporting. Good night.[55] — Rather's speech at the end of his farewell newscast

Rather retired as the anchorman and Managing Editor of the CBS
CBS
Evening News in 2005; his last broadcast was Wednesday, March 9, 2005.[56] He had worked as the anchorman for 24 full years, the longest tenure of anyone in American television history, and for a short time continued to work as a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Bob Schieffer, a fellow Texan and host of Face the Nation, took over Rather's position on an interim basis, with Katie Couric
Katie Couric
replacing Schieffer in 2006. Since retiring, Rather has spoken out strongly about what he perceives as a lack of courage by American journalists. On January 24, 2006, Rather spoke to a Seattle
Seattle
audience. Before the speaking engagement, he told a newspaper reporter, "In many ways on many days, [reporters] have sort of adopted the attitude of 'go along, get along.'" "What many of us need is a spine transplant", Rather added. "Whether it's City Hall, the State House, or the White House, part of our job is to speak truth to power."[57] Departure from CBS
CBS
News[edit] In June 2006, reports surfaced that CBS
CBS
News would most likely not renew Dan Rather's contract.[56] According to a Washington Post article, sources from CBS
CBS
said that executives at the network decided "there is no future role for Rather." On June 20, 2006, CBS
CBS
News and Sports president Sean McManus announced that Rather would leave the network after 44 years.[58] Rather issued a separate statement which accompanied the news of the departure:[59]

I leave CBS
CBS
News with tremendous memories. But I leave now most of all with the desire to once again do regular, meaningful reporting. My departure before the term of my contract represents CBS's final acknowledgement, after a protracted struggle, that they had not lived up to their obligation to allow me to do substantive work there. As for their offers of a future with only an office but no assignments, it just isn't in me to sit around doing nothing. So I will do the work I love elsewhere, and I look forward to sharing details about that soon.

Post- CBS
CBS
career[edit] Following his departure from CBS, Dan Rather
Dan Rather
joined Mark Cuban's cable network AXS TV
AXS TV
(then called HDNet) to host and produce the weekly one-hour news show Dan Rather Reports
Dan Rather Reports
from 2006 until 2013.[60][61] Since 2013, Rather has hosted and produced the hour-long series The Big Interview on AXS TV, where he sits down for in-depth interviews with influential figures in music and entertainment, such as John Fogerty, Quentin Tarantino, Simon Cowell, Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
and Sammy Hagar.[62][63][64][65][66] He has also produced several documentary specials for the network under the banner Dan Rather
Dan Rather
Presents, including specials about "America's Mental Health Crisis," the United States Secret Service and "The Shameful Side of International Adoption"[67][68][69] Rather also appears frequently on a number of news shows including MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show[70] and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell[71] and on CNN.[72] He has also written for The Huffington Post[73] and Mashable.[74] On May 28, 2007, Rather compared historical events to events in the Star Wars
Star Wars
films in the History Channel special, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. In 2012, Rather published an autobiography titled Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News.[75] In 2015, Rather launched an independent production company called News and Guts Media, through which he produces The Big Interview among other projects.[61] In 2015, Rather also began actively posting on Facebook.[76] He credits young staffers at News and Guts Media with pushing him to try social media. While his posts were considerably longer than typical social media posts, they resonated with the audience, which soon grew to more than two million followers. Even late night TV noticed Rather's unusual but effective Facebook presence.[77] Subject matter ranges from current political events to journalism to childhood memories. In the fall of 2017, the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas
Texas
completed a digital humanities project dedicated to the long career of the journalist: Dan Rather: American Journalist. The result of three years of research conducted at the Briscoe Center, the site uses materials from a dozen archives and libraries and draws from over 25 of the Briscoe Center for American History’s news media and photojournalism collections. The website features over 2,000 digitized documents, 300 excerpts from twelve oral history interviews, and 1000 video clips, enabling visitors to dive deep into the history of the last 60 years through the lens of Dan Rather’s career. On January 21, 2018, it was announced that Rather would be launching a weekly 30-minute newscast on The Young Turks
The Young Turks
Mondays at 5:30pm eastern time.[78] Personal life[edit]

Rather at South by Southwest
South by Southwest
2007; discussing media, the internet, and asking the "hard questions."

Rather married Jean Goebel in 1957. They have a son and daughter, and maintain homes in New York City
New York City
and Austin, Texas.[79] Their daughter Robin is an environmentalist and community activist in Austin, Texas. Their son Dan is an assistant district attorney in the District Attorney's office in Manhattan, New York. Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University
renamed its mass communications building after Rather in 1994. The building houses The Houstonian and KSHU, the student-run radio and television stations. In May 2007, Rather received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Siena College
Siena College
in Loudonville, New York, for his lifetime contributions to journalism. A columnist whose work is distributed by King Features Syndicate, Rather continues to speak out against alleged influence in journalism by corporations and governments. At a 2008 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sponsored by the group Free Press, Rather criticized both local and national news organizations, stating – according to reports – that there is no longer incentive to do "good and valuable news."[80] Books[edit]

The Palace Guard, with Gary Gates, 1977. ISBN 9780060135140. The Camera Never Blinks: Adventures of a TV Journalist", with Mickey Hershkowitz, 1977. ISBN 978-0688031848. I Remember, with Peter Wyden, 1991. ISBN 978-0316734400. The Camera Never Blinks Twice: The Further Adventures of a Television Journalist, with Mickey Hershkowitz, 1994. ISBN 978-0688097486. Deadlines and Datelines: Essays at the Turn of the Century. , 1999. ISBN 978-0788193491. Rather Outspoken : My Life in the News. , with Digby Diehl, 2013. ISBN 978-1455502400. What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, with Elliot Kirschner, 2017. ISBN 978-1616207823.

Awards[edit]

Dan Rather
Dan Rather
at the 64th Annual Peabody Awards

He has received numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards, and various honorary degrees from universities.

Award Year Program Title

Peabody 1975 CBS
CBS
News

Peabody 1976 60 Minutes

Peabody 1994 CBS
CBS
Reports: D-Day

Peabody 1995 CBS
CBS
Reports: In the Killing Fields of America

Paul White Award Radio Television Digital News Association 1997[81] Lifetime Achievement

Peabody 2000 48 Hours: Heroes Under Fire

Peabody 2001 60 Minutes II: Memories of a Massacre

Peabody 2004 60 Minutes II: Abuse at Abu Ghraib

Emmy Trustees Award 2014 Lifetime Achievement

In addition to these awards, Rather was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2004. Criticism[edit] As one of the last broadcast news journalists from the era of the "Big Three" network news primacy, Rather was generally regarded highly within his profession by long-serving journalists. Rather has, however, been the object of criticism from people who accuse him of having a liberal bias.[82] Claims of bias[edit] For much of his career, Rather has been the target of critics who have accused him of having a liberal bias.[83][84] Rather's on-screen comments and election-night reporting have come under attack as well, dating back to Richard Nixon's presidency. In a June 2002 interview with Larry King, his long-time co-worker (and self-described liberal) Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
stated that Rather is "transparently liberal".[85] During the weeks following the Killian documents stories, Rather received widespread criticism from other journalists and historians.[86] In an interview with commentator Bill Maher, Rather accused Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel
of receiving "talking points" from the Republican-controlled White House. Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, who had defended Rather during the Killian documents incident, criticized Rather for not offering any evidence to support the claim.[87] In 2002, Bernard Goldberg
Bernard Goldberg
published a book with the title Bias, alleging a liberal bias in print and broadcast news organizations. In the book, Goldberg used Dan Rather
Dan Rather
as a primary example of a news anchor with a liberal bias. He also criticized the anchor for his criticisms of President George W. Bush's and Vice President Dan Quayle's service in the National Guard rather than the Active Duty military during the Vietnam
Vietnam
War, and questioned Rather's own service.[88] Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
has accused Rather of having "an unwillingness to challenge official power and policy" in his reporting.[89] Investigative reporter Mark Hertsgaard characterized Rather as a "stern anti-Communist" during the Reagan administration for allegedly having "reported the pronouncements of public officials with considerable respect".[90] In April 2001, according to a front-page story in The Washington Post, Rather spoke at a Democratic party fundraiser in Austin, Texas, where he was the featured speaker. One of the official hosts for the fundraiser was Rather's daughter, Robin Rather; Rather said that he did not realize that his daughter was a host of the fundraiser. Rather also said that he did not realize that the event was a partisan fundraiser, although he did realize that after he arrived at the event.[91] From Walter Cronkite[edit] During an appearance on CNN's American Morning, former CBS
CBS
anchor Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
said about Rather: "It surprised quite a few people at CBS
CBS
and elsewhere that, without being able to pull up the ratings beyond third in a three-man field, that they tolerated his being there for so long." Cronkite also stated that Bob Schieffer's succession was long overdue.[92] From Dallas
Dallas
CBS
CBS
news director Eddie Barker[edit] In the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination while Rather was a Dallas
Dallas
reporter, he interviewed a minister who said some local schoolchildren had cheered upon learning of the President's shooting. The Associated Press
Associated Press
later confirmed the story. A teacher at the school backed up the Rather story, confirming that some students at the school had cheered at the principal's news about Kennedy.[93] Eddie Barker, local Dallas-area news director for CBS, said that Rather had in fact been aware that the children were merely happy about being sent home early and they had not been given a reason for early school closure (Barker's children attended the school, as he informed Rather). He stated that Rather had deliberately misrepresented the facts by indicating that the children were happy about the shooting. Barker attempted to fire Rather, but was overruled by the national CBS
CBS
News management.[20] Notable incidents and controversies[edit] 1968 Democratic convention[edit] During live coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Rather attempted to interview a delegate from Georgia who appeared as though he was being forcibly removed by men without identification badges. As Rather approached the delegate to question the apparent strong-arm tactics of the Chicago political machine under Mayor Daley, he was punched in the stomach by one of the men, knocking him to the ground. "He lifted me right off the floor and put me away. I was down, the breath knocked out of me, as the whole group blew on by me ... In the CBS
CBS
control room, they had switched the camera onto me just as I was slugged." Chicago cab ride[edit] On November 10, 1980, Rather landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and got into a cab. He asked the cab driver to take him to the home of Studs Terkel
Studs Terkel
whom he was interviewing for 60 Minutes. A police spokesman stated that the cab driver refused to go to the address and instead "wildly drove through the city streets" with Rather shouting out the window asking for help. The cabbie was charged with disorderly conduct. Rather called the incident "a rather minor thing". By the time the case was about to come to trial, he was about to add anchoring the " CBS
CBS
Evening News" to his "60 Minutes" role at CBS
CBS
News. Rather declined to press charges, citing a 'mounting schedule of reporting assignments".[94][95] Galloway lawsuit[edit] In 1980, Rather and CBS
CBS
were taken to court when Carl Galloway, a California doctor, claimed that a report on 60 Minutes wrongfully implicated him in an insurance fraud scheme. CBS
CBS
stated Galloway had signed the bogus report and was suing Rather because he was upset at being caught. The jury sided with CBS
CBS
and Rather and they won the case.[96] During the trial, Galloway's side used outtakes from the TV report showing that one interview was rehearsed.[96] "Kenneth, what is the frequency?"[edit] On October 4, 1986, while walking along Park Avenue
Park Avenue
to his apartment in Manhattan, Rather was attacked and punched from behind by a man who demanded to know "Kenneth, what is the frequency?" while a second assailant chased and beat him. As the assailant pummeled and kicked Rather, he kept repeating the question. In describing the incident, Rather said, "I got mugged. Who understands these things? I didn't and I don't now. I didn't make a lot of it at the time and I don't now. I wish I knew who did it and why, but I have no idea."[97] Until the crime was resolved years later, Rather's description of the bizarre crime led some to doubt the veracity of his account,[98] although the doorman and building supervisor who rescued Rather fully confirmed his version of events.[97] The assault remained unsolved for some time, and was referenced multiple times in popular culture. The phrase "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" became a popular-culture reference over the years, such as in a scene in the graphic novel Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by cartoonist Daniel Clowes. In 1994, the band R.E.M.
R.E.M.
released the song "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" on their album Monster. Rather later sang with R.E.M.
R.E.M.
during a sound check prior to a gig at New York's Madison Square
Madison Square
Garden, which was shown the following night on the Late Show with David Letterman before their performance of "Crush with Eyeliner". In 1997, a TV critic writing in the New York Daily News
New York Daily News
solved the mystery, publishing a photo of the alleged assailant, William Tager, who received a 12½-to-25-year prison sentence for killing NBC stagehand Campbell Montgomery outside The Today Show studio in 1994.[98] Rather confirmed the story: "There's no doubt in my mind that this is the person."[98] New York District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau said, "William Tager's identity as the man who attacked Mr. Rather was established in the course of an investigation by my office."[99] Tager claimed he thought television networks were beaming signals into his brain.[100] When he murdered the stagehand, Tager was trying to force his way into an NBC
NBC
studio with a weapon, in order to find out the frequency the networks were using to attack him, so that he could block it. Tager was paroled in October 2010 and is believed to be living in New York City. "Courage"[edit] For one week in September 1986, Rather signed off his broadcasts to CBS
CBS
with the single word "Courage". He said that it was just a signature line and had nothing to do with the news at the time. Other newscasters ridiculed and parodied Rather, and he dropped it.[101] Afterward, he said "And that's part of our world." On his last CBS Evening News broadcast, he once again signed off with "Courage", this time linking it to the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as to courage shown by fellow journalists. Dead air[edit] On September 11, 1987, Rather walked off the set in anger just before a remote Evening News broadcast from Miami, where Pope
Pope
John Paul II had begun a rare U.S. tour, when a U.S. Open tennis match was being broadcast into the time scheduled for the newscast. He was upset that the news was being cut into to make room for sports and discussed it with the sports department. The Steffi Graf– Lori McNeil tennis match coverage then ended sooner than expected at 6:32 p.m., but Rather had disappeared. ( CBS
CBS
Sports had finally agreed to break away immediately after the match without commentary.) Thus, over 100 affiliates were forced to broadcast six minutes of dead air.[102] The next day, Rather apologized for leaving the anchor desk. The following year, when Rather asked then Vice President Bush about his role in the Iran–Contra affair
Iran–Contra affair
during a live interview, Bush responded by saying, "Dan, how would you like it if I judged your entire career by those seven minutes when you walked off the set in New York?"[103] "Ratherisms"[edit]

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Rather is known for his many colorful analogies and descriptions during live broadcasts. Similar to those used by baseball announcer Red Barber, cycling commentator Phil Liggett
Phil Liggett
and Formula 1
Formula 1
commentator Murray Walker, these "Ratherisms" are also called "Texanisms" or "Danisms" by some. A few of the more colorful ones, several of which were used throughout the 2008 HBO
HBO
made-for-TV movie Recount about the 2000 Election, include:

"This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O."[104] "This thing is as tight as the rusted lugnuts on a '55 Ford."[104] His characterization of the Republican Party's assessment of President Obama:[105] "[He] couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."

In popular culture[edit]

Rather at the LBJ Presidential Library
LBJ Presidential Library
in 2016

Rather has been referenced in the television shows Saturday Night Live and Family Guy
Family Guy
and many films. An animated caricature of him made a cameo appearance in the JibJab
JibJab
political cartoon, Good to Be in D.C. In 1971 he had a cameo in an episode of the number one hit comedy series All in the Family. Entitled The Man in the Street, series star Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker character excitedly awaits the viewing of a videotaped interview he gave earlier that day for the CBS Evening News. At the last minute, to his dismay, the segment is pulled by the telecast of a Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
presidential address from the Oval Office. Rather appears, as himself, delivering post-speech analysis from actual news footage. Jean Stapleton, as Archie's scatter brain wife Edith Bunker, says of Rather how he's there to "... tell us what Mr. Nixon just said." In 2004, he was featured in the documentary film Barbecue: A Texas Love Story by Austin-based director Chris Elley.[106] Two years later, Rather and Elley educated a group of New Yorkers in Madison Square Park about the true meaning of BBQ and its significance to the identity of the Lone Star State. Rather began the discussion with a direct statement: "Let's get this straight folks. If it ain't beef and it ain't in Texas, then it ain't barbecue." In the 2006–07 graphic novel Shooting War, which is set in the year 2011, an 80-year-old Dan Rather
Dan Rather
is shown to be one of the last journalists still reporting from Iraq. He had a cameo in the premiere of the Fall 2007 drama Dirty Sexy Money
Dirty Sexy Money
on ABC television. He guest-starred as himself in The Simpsons
The Simpsons
episode, "E Pluribus Wiggum". Rather appeared on The Daily Show
The Daily Show
in May 2009 wearing an Afro wig and mutton-chop sideburns to narrate a segment about the late former President Nixon eating a burrito, as a parody of MSNBC's extensive coverage of President Obama and Vice President Biden's hamburger lunch.[107] He appears in the 2008 award-winning documentary Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. A character "Dano", an imitation of Rather, appears on the Brad and Britt morning show on WZTK radio. Features of the imitation include mentioning "I have the documents" whenever a dubious claim is made. Dano is also heard sometimes interviewing President Obama's teleprompter. A skit on the 38th season of Sesame Street
Sesame Street
featured Anderson Cooper interviewing two grouches, "Walter Cranky" and " Dan Rather
Dan Rather
Not," who, when asked to answer questions, demurred with the phrase "I'd rather not."[108] Robert Redford
Robert Redford
portrayed Rather in the 2015 film Truth. Rather appeared in the docudrama Facing Saddam providing his views on Saddam Hussein. Ratings[edit] Under Rather's predecessor, Walter Cronkite, the CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
was a strong #1 in the ratings [109] which Rather maintained through much of the 1980s.[110] However, Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw
and his NBC
NBC
Nightly News, and Peter Jennings
Peter Jennings
of ABC News' World News Tonight, increasing in popularity, eventually cut deep into the Rather broadcast's numbers.[111] References[edit]

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NBC News
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Saddam Hussein
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CBS
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The Washington Post
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CBS
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Chicago Sun-Times
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CBS
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CBS
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CBS
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Dan Rather
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CBS
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CBS
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Dan Rather
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The Washington Post
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Dan Rather
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CBS
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Dan Rather
Delivers Final Newscast CBS
CBS
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Dan Rather
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Dan Rather
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Dan Rather
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CBS
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Mashable
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Dan Rather
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Sammy Hagar
hits the road with Dan Rather", USA Today, 2016-02-21, retrieved 2016-04-04  ^ Dan Rather
Dan Rather
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Aaron Sorkin
Talks 'West Wing', 'Newsroom' In Premiere Of AXS TV Interview Series: Video", Deadline, 2013-09-12, retrieved 2016-04-04  ^ " Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
on Dan Rather's 'The Big Interview'", Newsday (Long Island), 2014-08-07, retrieved 2016-04-04  ^ " Dan Rather
Dan Rather
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Dan Rather
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Mark Cuban
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Dan Rather
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Dan Rather
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Dan Rather
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Mashable
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Dan Rather
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The Young Turks
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Further reading[edit]

Dan Rather; Digby Diehl (2012). Rather outspoken : my life in the news. Grand Central Pub. ISBN 978-1-4555-0241-7. OCLC 756584260.  Leonard Downie; Robert G. Kaiser (2003). The news about the news: American journalism in peril. Vintage. ISBN 978-0-375-71415-3.  Hertsgaard, Mark (1988). On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency. Farrar Straus & Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-25197-0.  Rather, Dan. The Palace Guard, with Gary Gates Dan Rather; Mickey Hershkowitz (1984-02-02). The Camera Never Blinks: Adventures of a TV Journalist. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-31833-6. OCLC 444864709. . Rather, Dan. I Remember, with Peter Wyden. Rather, Dan with Herskowitz, Mickey. The Camera Never Blinks Twice. 1995. William Morrow. Dan Rather
Dan Rather
(1999-06-02). Deadlines and datelines. William Morrow & Co. ISBN 978-0-688-16566-6.  Peter J. Boyer (1989-04-15). Who killed CBS?: the undoing of America's number one news network. St Martins Press. ISBN 978-0-312-91531-5.  2nd Saddam interview

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