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By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

Those of you watching and listening, get a cup of coffee or a spot of tea and join us back here in just a few moments.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Performing doesn't turn me on. It's an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas - including this one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

My cousin just died. He was only 19. He got stung by a bee - the natural enemy of a tightrope walker.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I just kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Dan Rather

The dream begins, most of the time,with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

And now the sequence of events in no particular order.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Dan Rather

New York is never a megalopolis of however many millions; it’s always just your neighborhood—the shoe repair guy, the carpenter, the grocer, the post office—like any small town in Texas, really. (Dan Rather, from My First New York)

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

If you're in Journalism and you're looking for friends, you should get a dog.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

To the pilot of a deep sea submersible, upon finding out what would happen if the craft sprung a leak while submerged. I'll trust you to make sure that doesn't happen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

A free and truly independent press - fiercely independent when necessary - is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Journalism is less addictive than communism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

(Obama's) a nice person, he's very articulate this is what's been used against him, but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Start-ups like UniversityNow, a network of low-cost, online colleges, allows students to work at their own pace and pay a few hundred dollars a month for a degree.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Anyone who says network news cannot be profitable doesn't know what he is talking about. But anyone who says it must "always," make money is misguided and irresponsible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

I had just turned 10-years-old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and plunged America into World War II.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Foreign news is considered an expletive. Thoughtfully written analysis is out, 'live pops' are in. 'Action Jackson' is the cry. Hire lookers, not writers. Do powder puff, not probing interviews. Stay away from controversial subjects. Kiss ass, move with the mass, and for heaven and rating's sake, don't make anybody mad- - certainly not anybody you're covering, and especially not the mayor, the governor, the senator, the president or the vice-president or anybody in a position of power. Make nice, not news.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

Writing is the rock on which everything is built.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

There are more Muslims in North America then Jews Now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

I'm all news, all the time. Full power, tall tower. I want to break in when news breaks out. That's my agenda. Now, respectfully, when you start talking about a liberal agenda and all the, quote, 'liberal bias' in the media, I quite frankly, and I say this respectfully but candidly to you, I don't know what you're talking about.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

On Capitol Hill, the Republican-controlled House voted mostly along party lines tonight to pass President Bush's federal budget blueprint. This includes his big tax cut plan, partly bankrolled, critics say, through cuts in many federal aid programs for children and education.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Music is important. It says things you heart can't say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks. Music crosses borders, turns smiles into frowns, and vice versa. These observations are shared with a hope: that, when schools cut back on music classes, they really think about what they're doing - and don't take music for granted.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dan Rather

We are a nation not only of dreamers, but also of fixers. We have looked at our land and people, and said, time and time again, "This is not good enough; we can be better.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

I was really lucky to work at CBS news. I was blessed to be able to live my dream in many ways at CBS news.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

I'm part of nobody's world except Brezhnev's.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

I think it's important for the public to know, great reporting starts with a publisher who has guts and an editor who has guts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Always marry a woman from Texas. No matter how tough things get, she's seen tougher.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Once the herd starts moving in one direction, it's very hard to turn it, even slightly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

From the streets of Cairo and the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, from the busy political calendar to the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan, social media was not only sharing the news but driving it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

It's the old shell game.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Are the Democrats going to dance the mandate Macarena?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

By more than two to one Americans do not consider what Kevorkian did, injecting a terminally ill patient with legal drugs at the patient's request, to be the same as murder. You may want to note that laws are not supposed to be enforced on the basis of public opinion polls.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

I read the book [My Life by Bill Clinton] completely. And I think it compares very favorably with Ulysses S. Grant's gold standard of presidential autobiographies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Dan Rather

Journalists should denounce government by public opinion polls.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

Those market researchers... are playing games with you and me and with this entire country. Their so-called samples of opinion are no more accurate or reliable than my grandmother's big toe was when it came to predicting the weather.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

I'm of the belief that you can have only one commander-in-chief at a time, only one president at a time. President Bush is our president. Whatever he decides vis-a-vis war or peace in Iraq is what we will do as a country. And I for one will swing in behind him as a citizen ... and support whatever his decision is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

A lot of tight Senate races out there. Let's hit those chips with another dash of salsa, Ed Bradley.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

You'd better do what you feel good about doing. If we [try] to figure out what it is the audience wants and then try to deliver it to them, we're lost souls on the ghost ship forever.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Dan Rather

New Yorkers and Texans get along so well. They have those same outsize personalities, that determination and passion, that “don’t mess with me” quality. And they have the same law my maternal grandmother would tell me from the time I was a little boy: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” Self-reliance, confidence. I really believe those lyrics, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” In Texas, we have something we call “the Cortez moment,” which refers to when the great Spanish explorer and conquistador of Mexico came and set up camp and then burned his boats. The phrase “burn the boats” means there’s nothing but forward, onward, no turning back or running home scared. It’s a motto for New York as much as for Texas. When you move here, if you’re any good at all, you burn the boats. (from My First New York)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

I respect and empathize with reporters and editors who must compete in today's environment. And I know full well that when I've been covering campaigns, which I still do, I've made my mistakes and have been far from perfect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

There was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peoples' necks if they dis-sented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions... And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Dan Rather

When the time comes, & I hope it comes soon, to bury this era of moral rot & the defiling of our communal, social, & democratic norms, the perfect epitaph for the gravestone of this age of unreason should be Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley's already infamous quote: "I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing... as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” Grassley's vision of America, quite frankly, is one I do not recognize. I thought the heart of this great nation was not limited to the ranks of the plutocrats who are whisked through life in chauffeured cars & private jets, whose often inherited riches are passed along to children, many of whom no sacrifice or service is asked. I do not begrudge wealth, but it must come with a humility that money never is completely free of luck. And more importantly, wealth can never be a measure of worth. I have seen the waitress working the overnight shift at a diner to give her children a better life, & yes maybe even take them to a movie once in awhile - and in her, I see America. I have seen the public school teachers spending extra time with students who need help & who get no extra pay for their efforts, & in them I see America. I have seen parents sitting around kitchen tables with stacks of pressing bills & wondering if they can afford a Christmas gift for their children, & in them I see America. I have seen the young diplomat in a distant foreign capital & the young soldier in a battlefield foxhole, & in them I see America. I have seen the brilliant graduates of the best law schools who forgo the riches of a corporate firm for the often thankless slog of a district attorney or public defender's office, & in them I see America. I have seen the librarian reshelving books, the firefighter, police officer, & paramedic in service in trying times, the social worker helping the elderly & infirm, the youth sports coaches, the PTA presidents, & in them I see America. I have seen the immigrants working a cash register at a gas station or trimming hedges in the frost of an early fall morning, or driving a cab through rush hour traffic to make better lives for their families, & in them I see America. I have seen the science students unlocking the mysteries of life late at night in university laboratories for little or no pay, & in them I see America. I have seen the families struggling with a cancer diagnosis, or dementia in a parent or spouse. Amid the struggles of mortality & dignity, in them I see America. These, & so many other Americans, have every bit as much claim to a government working for them as the lobbyists & moneyed classes. And yet, the power brokers in Washington today seem deaf to these voices. It is a national disgrace of historic proportions. And finally, what is so wrong about those who must worry about the cost of a drink with friends, or a date, or a little entertainment, to rephrase Senator Grassley's demeaning phrasings? Those who can't afford not to worry about food, shelter, healthcare, education for their children, & all the other costs of modern life, surely they too deserve to be able to spend some of their “darn pennies” on the simple joys of life. Never mind that almost every reputable economist has called this tax bill a sham of handouts for the rich at the expense of the vast majority of Americans & the future economic health of this nation. Never mind that it is filled with loopholes written by lobbyists. Never mind that the wealthiest already speak with the loudest voices in Washington, & always have. Grassley’s comments open a window to the soul of the current national Republican Party & it it is not pretty. This is not a view of America that I think President Ronald Reagan let alone President Dwight Eisenhower or Teddy Roosevelt would have recognized. This is unadulterated cynicism & a version of top-down class warfare run amok. ~Facebook 12/4/17

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

But we cannot rely on memorials and museums alone. We can tell ourselves we will never forget and we likely won't. But we need to make sure that we teach history to those who never had the opportunity to remember in the first place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Dan Rather

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Dan Rather

We may see Michael Jackson's baby before we know the final outcome of this race for the House of Representatives tonight.