Daniel Irvin Rather Jr. (born October 31, 1931) is an American
journalist and the former news anchor for the
CBS Evening News. He
currently anchors a newscast called The News with
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.
Peter Jennings at
ABC News and
Tom Brokaw at
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.
1 Early life
2 Early career
3.1 JFK assassination to Watergate
CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News anchor
4 Journalistic history and influence
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
4.6 Departure from the
CBS Evening News
4.7 Departure from
6 Personal life
9.1 Claims of bias
9.2 From Walter Cronkite
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?"
10.6 Dead air
12 In popular culture
15 Further reading
16 External links
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, 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 State University where he was editor of the school
newspaper, The Houstonian. At Sam Houston, he was a member of the
Caballeros, the founding organization of the Epsilon Psi chapter of
Sigma Chi fraternity. After obtaining his undergraduate degree,
Rather briefly attended South
Texas College of Law in Houston, which
would later award him an honorary
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.
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 radio stations, and the Houston
Chronicle (1954–1955). Around 1955, Rather did a story on heroin.
Under the auspices of the
Houston Police, he experienced the drug
which he characterized as "a special kind of hell." While at Sam
Houston State, Rather worked for
KSAM-FM radio in Huntsville, Texas,
calling junior high, high school, and Sam
Houston State football
games. He later spent four seasons as the play-by-play announcer
University of Houston
University of Houston football team. During the 1959 minor
league baseball season, Rather was the play-by-play radio announcer
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 affiliate in Houston. Ray
Miller, news director of KPRC-TV, the
NBC affiliate in Houston, also
mentored Rather in the early years.
On February 28, 1962, Rather left
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 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,
Mexico and Central America.
Rather speaking about his experiences in his 61 years of journalism
before a group of
NATO commanders at
Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan
in July 2011.
JFK assassination to Watergate
In his autobiography, written with help from ghostwriter Mickey
Herskowitz, Rather wrote that he was in
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. Although hired in
August to set up a southern bureau for
CBS in New Orleans, Rather had
only recently moved from
New Orleans in November  and
would not have been in
Dallas except for the need to get film to
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." 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."
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." 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.  In his autobiography, he also claims to be
one of the first to see the
Zapruder film showing the assassination
and the first to describe it on television. 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
Later he reported that some
Dallas schoolchildren had applauded when
they were notified of the president's death. 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. 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
CBS News management, which rewarded him in 1964 with the
White House correspondent position.
After serving as a foreign correspondent for
London in 1965 and
Vietnam in 1966, he served his second tenure as White House
correspondent during the
Richard Nixon presidency. Rather was among
those journalists who accompanied Nixon to China. He covered the
Watergate investigation as well as impeachment proceedings. In 1970,
he drew the assignment as anchor for the
CBS Sunday Night News
(1970-1973; 1974-1975), and later for the
CBS Saturday Evening News
CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News anchor
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
Roger Mudd in line to succeed Walter Cronkite
as anchor and Managing Editor of
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
Lesley Stahl has the story.
— Rather's first lines in his debut as anchor of The
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" 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
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 at ABC's World News
Tonight. By 1992, however, the Evening News had fallen to third place
where it remained until
Bob Schieffer who acted as the interim anchor
between Rather and
Katie Couric saw the Evening News rise to #2 ahead
ABC World News Tonight
ABC World News Tonight in the wake of the death of Peter Jennings
but remaining behind
NBC Nightly News. Rather has been a frequent
CBS News producer Susan Zirinsky, who was producer
of the news while he was a reporter and anchor.
The traditionally strong journalistic bench of
CBS News was changed in
1984 when new owner
Lawrence Tisch oversaw layoffs of thousands of CBS
News employees, including correspondents David Andelman, Fred Graham,
Morton Dean and Ike Pappas. Fewer videotape crews were dispatched to
cover stories and numerous bureaus were closed. This eventually caused
CBS News to fall into third place in the ratings.
For a short time from 1993 to 1995, Rather co-anchored the evening
news with Connie Chung. Chung had previously been a Washington
CBS News and anchored short news updates on the West
Coast. On joining the
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 who was
accused of being behind the plot to injure fellow Olympic ice skater
Nancy Kerrigan. 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 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 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. In the aftermath of
CBS fired multiple members of
CBS News staff but allowed
Rather to stay on.
Journalistic history and influence
During Richard Nixon's presidency, critics accused Rather of biased
coverage against him. At a
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?" His question accused Nixon of not cooperating
with grand jury investigation and House Judiciary Committee in
relation to the Watergate scandal.
According to NBC’s Tom Brokaw, the network considered hiring him to
replace Rather as its
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 Challenger disaster
Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
In January 1986,
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 over scheduling. Columbia launched 12
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 
On 28 January, Challenger's destruction occurred 73 seconds after
Afghanistan, Reagan, and George H. W. Bush
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 in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 26, 2011.
During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Rather was on camera wearing a
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
Rather's energy and spirit helped him out-compete
Roger Mudd for the
anchor spot on the Evening News. Mudd was a more senior correspondent
and a frequent substitute anchor for
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.
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.
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 in an interview with
Dan Rather on August 29,
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.
The Wall Within
On June 2, 1988, Rather hosted a
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.
Main article: Killian documents controversy
On September 8, 2004, Rather reported on
60 Minutes Wednesday that a
series of memos critical of President George W. Bush's
National Guard service record had been discovered in the personal
files of Lt. Bush's former commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jerry B.
Killian. 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. The accusations then spread over the following
days into mainstream media outlets including The Washington Post,
The New York Times, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
CBS initially defended the story, insisting that the
documents had been authenticated by experts.
CBS was contradicted
by some of the experts it originally cited, and later reported
that its source for the documents – former
Texas Army National Guard
officer Lt. Col.
Bill Burkett – had misled the network about how he
had obtained them.
On September 20,
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." The controversy has been referred to by some as
"Memogate" and "Rathergate."
Following an investigation commissioned by CBS,
Mary Mapes and asked three other producers connected
with the story to resign. Many believe Rather's retirement was
hastened by this incident. On September 20, 2007, Rather was
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."
Lawsuit over ouster from
On September 19, 2007, Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS,
its former parent company Viacom;
CBS President and CEO Leslie
Moonves; Sumner Redstone, chairman of both
Viacom and CBS; and Andrew
Heyward, former president of
CBS News. Rather accused the network and
its ownership and management of making him a "scapegoat" in the
Killian story. A
CBS spokesman claimed that the lawsuit was "old news"
and "without merit." 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. On September 29, 2009, a New York
state appeals court dismissed Rather's lawsuit against CBS. On
January 12, 2010, New York's top court refused to reinstate Rather's
$70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against
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 Evening News
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
CBS Evening News,
Dan Rather reporting. Good night.
— Rather's speech at the end of his farewell newscast
Rather retired as the anchorman and Managing Editor of the
News in 2005; his last broadcast was Wednesday, March 9, 2005. 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 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 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."
In June 2006, reports surfaced that
CBS News would most likely not
renew Dan Rather's contract. According to a Washington Post
article, sources from
CBS said that executives at the network decided
"there is no future role for Rather."
On June 20, 2006,
CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus announced
that Rather would leave the network after 44 years. Rather issued
a separate statement which accompanied the news of the departure:
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
Following his departure from CBS,
Dan Rather joined Mark Cuban's cable
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.
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 and Sammy
Hagar. He has also produced several documentary
specials for the network under the banner
Dan Rather Presents,
including specials about "America's Mental Health Crisis," the United
States Secret Service and "The Shameful Side of International
Rather also appears frequently on a number of news shows including
MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence
O'Donnell and on CNN. He has also written for The Huffington
Post and Mashable.
On May 28, 2007, Rather compared historical events to events in the
Star Wars films in the History Channel special, Star Wars: The Legacy
In 2012, Rather published an autobiography titled Rather Outspoken: My
Life in the News.
In 2015, Rather launched an independent production company called News
and Guts Media, through which he produces The Big Interview among
In 2015, Rather also began actively posting on Facebook. 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. Subject matter
ranges from current political events to journalism to childhood
In the fall of 2017, the Briscoe Center for American History at the
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
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. 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 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
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.
Dan Rather at the 64th Annual Peabody Awards
He has received numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards, and
various honorary degrees from universities.
CBS Reports: D-Day
CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America
Paul White Award
Radio Television Digital News Association
48 Hours: Heroes Under Fire
60 Minutes II: Memories of a Massacre
60 Minutes II: Abuse at Abu Ghraib
Emmy Trustees Award
In addition to these awards, Rather was inducted into the Television
Hall of Fame in 2004.
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.
Claims of bias
For much of his career, Rather has been the target of critics who have
accused him of having a liberal bias.
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
Andy Rooney stated that Rather is
During the weeks following the Killian documents stories, Rather
received widespread criticism from other journalists and
historians. In an interview with commentator Bill Maher, Rather
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
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 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 War, and questioned Rather's own
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. 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".
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
From Walter Cronkite
During an appearance on CNN's American Morning, former
Walter Cronkite said about Rather: "It surprised quite a few people at
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
CBS news director Eddie Barker
In the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination while Rather was a
Dallas reporter, he interviewed a minister who said some local
schoolchildren had cheered upon learning of the President's shooting.
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.
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 News management.
Notable incidents and controversies
1968 Democratic convention
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
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 control room, they had switched the camera onto me just as I was
Chicago cab ride
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
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 Evening News" to his "60 Minutes" role at
CBS News. Rather declined to press charges, citing a 'mounting
schedule of reporting assignments".
In 1980, Rather and
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 stated Galloway had
signed the bogus report and was suing Rather because he was upset at
being caught. The jury sided with
CBS and Rather and they won the
case. During the trial, Galloway's side used outtakes from the TV
report showing that one interview was rehearsed.
"Kenneth, what is the frequency?"
On October 4, 1986, while walking along
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." Until the
crime was resolved years later, Rather's description of the bizarre
crime led some to doubt the veracity of his account, although the
doorman and building supervisor who rescued Rather fully confirmed his
version of events.
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. released the song
"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" on their album Monster. Rather later
R.E.M. during a sound check prior to a gig at New York's
Madison Square Garden, which was shown the following night on the Late
Show with David Letterman before their performance of "Crush with
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. Rather confirmed the story: "There's no doubt in my mind
that this is the person." 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." Tager claimed he thought television networks were beaming
signals into his brain. When he murdered the stagehand, Tager was
trying to force his way into an
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.
For one week in September 1986, Rather signed off his broadcasts to
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.
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.
On September 11, 1987, Rather walked off the set in anger just before
a remote Evening News broadcast from Miami, where
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 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. 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 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?"
Wikiquote has quotations related to: Dan Rather
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 and
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 made-for-TV movie Recount about the
2000 Election, include:
"This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O."
"This thing is as tight as the rusted lugnuts on a '55 Ford."
His characterization of the Republican Party's assessment of President
Obama: "[He] couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state
troopers to flag down the traffic."
In popular culture
Rather at the
LBJ Presidential Library
LBJ Presidential Library in 2016
Rather has been referenced in the television shows Saturday Night Live
Family Guy and many films. An animated caricature of him made a
cameo appearance in the
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 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. 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 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 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. 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
A skit on the 38th season of
Sesame Street featured Anderson Cooper
interviewing two grouches, "Walter Cranky" and "
Dan Rather Not," who,
when asked to answer questions, demurred with the phrase "I'd rather
Robert Redford portrayed Rather in the 2015 film Truth. Rather
appeared in the docudrama Facing Saddam providing his views on Saddam
Under Rather's predecessor, Walter Cronkite, the
CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News was
a strong #1 in the ratings  which Rather maintained through much
of the 1980s. However,
Tom Brokaw and his
NBC Nightly News, and
Peter Jennings of ABC News' World News Tonight, increasing in
popularity, eventually cut deep into the Rather broadcast's
Dan Rather Leaves
CBS After 44 Years". PBS News Hour. June 20,
2006. Retrieved August 10, 2016. Rather's reputation suffered after a
"60 Minutes" story about President Bush's Vietnam-era service in the
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