March 11, 2005

MAN IN THE MIRROR:

Dan on the street (PHIL ROSENTHAL, March 9, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times)

Richard Nixon was dying across town, in a coma from which he wouldn't awaken, and much of the nation was in a forgiving mood.

Not Dan Rather.

In his office perched above the set of "The CBS Evening News" on that spring day in 1994, Rather was anything but sentimental about his hospitalized sparring partner of 20 years earlier.

"History will give President Nixon credit for what he accomplished," reflected Rather, whose tenacity as a White House correspondent earned him a spot on Nixon's infamous enemies list. "He did accomplish a lot of things, but I am not one of those who believes that history will be kinder to him.

"Richard Nixon left the presidency as an unindicted co-conspirator in a wide range of criminal acts. It still sort of sticks in my throat. I still don't want to believe it. It's unpleasant to think about. But it is true, and no amount of trying to camouflage it and trying to make it appear to be something else can get around that."


Absolutely; why should someone who conspires at dirty tricks in a presidential election ever be forgiven?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 11, 2005 4:05 PM
Comments

I doubt we'll ever see anything from Dan that even comes close to Nixon's "I gave them a sword" interview with David Frost. He's going the Alger Hiss route all the way to his grave.

Posted by: John at March 11, 2005 5:34 PM

A Fogelberg fan? Naw, can't be.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 11, 2005 6:41 PM

nixon is a true historical figure; rather will be lucky to be mentioned as a foot note to nixon, for maybe 10 more years. looks like dan will be getting mucho abuse heaped on him from now until judgement day, for all his sins.

Posted by: cjm at March 11, 2005 6:43 PM
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