Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The Frequency 

This astoundingly irritating Slate article actually lays out a pretty comprehensive list of reasons why everyone should love Dan Rather.

Honestly -- does anyone genuinely believe that it is the job of the anchor to verify the authenticity of documents? Really? It seems like the fact that the man is nuts, "cocooned" from the pressures of profitability, and that he once "harangued" George H. W. Bush about Iran-Contra makes him some sort of national treasure.

These days, network news survives in hermetically sealed cocoons—free of commercial pressures and calls for financial viability.

First of all, that is less true now than ever before in television news history, and second of all, shouldn't the fucking news be "free of commercial pressures"?

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