Thursday, March 10, 2005


Tom Brokaw didn't so much leave the anchor chair as he was canonized; Dan Rather got the bum's rush. People forget that before Rather became a national punchline and the right's poster boy for media bias,he really was quite a guy. I was just a teenager when I first read his 1977 book, The Camera Never Blinks: Adventures of a TV Journalist; it's still a great read and it will help you understand how Dan Rather got be be Dan Rather.

We could barely read a story this week about Rather's departure that that didn't conjure up the National Guard memos; as a good reporter, Dan Rather wouldn't have had it any other way.