Friday, July 18, 2008

Dan Rather -- An Oh, Shit Moment

It may be time for Dan Rather to join the rest of us in retirement. Via FiveThirtyEight. Video link and turbulent comments thread over there. Second comment points out Rather's age: seventy-seven in a few weeks.

Asked by Tiki Barber about his take on Fox News' release of the Jesse Jackson off-camera video, Rather premised his take by noting that in today's 24/7 news media culture, you had better be ready for anything you say to be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow, after being all over TV the day before.

Rather then proceeded to talk about his respect for Jesse Jackson, who had certainly "paved the way for Osama bin Laden." (Yes, the whole name.) Nobody reacted or said a word, and Rather did not notice. To drive the irony point home, he then finished by referring back to the "front page of the newspaper" a 2d time.

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