Mr. Rather has had a very interesting career; he has covered a lot of news in a lot of places. This book recounts some of those experiences (good and bad).
His experiences as a journalist make him uniquely qualified to set the record straight about the event that ended his career at CBS. Mr. Rather lays out, in detail, the story and the story behind the story. He very astutely points out that the real story of George W Bush's military service (and the lies that surround it) got lost in the smokescreen Bush operatives initiated about the documents. If the facts aren't in your favor, divert people's attention with garbage! If anyone has any doubt about the influence of political parties and people in power on a free press, this book and the attack ads in the current presidential campaign will erase those doubts.
Hearing the story in Mr. Rather's own voice also adds interest to the story.
Measured, Brutal, Integrity
I wish I could find other books to compare it with this is an incredible sweep through US, political and social events over the past 60 years from a perspective almost drowned out in modern media commentary.
We swept through decades but also had in depth insights into the character of key players no doubt familiar to American listeners but totally unknown to an Australian with a passing interest in American politics but never exposed to your news media. I was gripped for me it was like watching Titanic not knowing the ship sank at the end.
Yes It was a major drain on my productivity I listened to it whenever I could, shopping, walking the dog, and when I should have been working.
We can only hope that the Dan Rathers of the world find a voice through the new media its evident there is no home for them in News Entertainment.
The only thing better than having a book read to you is having the author read it to you! Well done Mr. Rather. Dan Rather Reports is on the DVR list. I highly recommend it if you enjoy keeping up with current events and how it is given out to the public.
The foundations of journalism- objectivity, balance etc are GONE. Poor Dan was thrown under the bus when the new guard took over. This book mostly deals with the days before the tyranny of the minority blogged all semblance of reason out of the news business. This shook him to his core and you can hear the bewilderment in his voice when he talks about it.
Interesting life stories. Inner workings of CBS was interesting especially early stories about the beginning of network news.
Clearly his gripe with CBS was the raison d'être for this book and grew longwinded at time. His overall life story and experiences were fascinating and worth the purchase.