March 10, 2005


What is your favorite Dan Rather moment? Mine occurred when CBS obtained an on-air interview with then-VP George H.W. Bush. One of the conditions of the interview was that Iran-Contra was off-limits. Lee Atwater, the great GOP Jedi master of his day, correctly pegged Dan as a deal breaker and accordingly prepped Bush 41. When Dan veered into Iran-Contra on the air, H.W. hit back by reminding Dan of the time he abruptly walked off the set when the CBS Evening News was bumped by a tennis match. The exchange left Dan sputtering and gasping for breath. It is one thing to do a taped ambush for 60 Minutes that can be edited to show practically anything you want and quite another to do it for real.

Posted by LMC at March 10, 2005 07:15 AM
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