PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Dan Rather is a legend in the broadcast industry. He was the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” for more than two decades. He also contributed to TV magazine shows, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”
He joined KDKA Radio’s Larry Richert and John Shumway for an extended interview ahead of his speaking appearance at the Robert Morris Pittsburgh Speaker Series on March 26.
Many critics of network news claim there is a liberal leaning bias.
“I have never thought it was a fair depiction of network news,” says Rather. He adds that there are people that want stories reported their own way or else they are not happy.
Rather says he has been called a liberal many times. What does he say his political affiliation is?
“I’m for clean air and water, tight money, and a strong defense; whatever that makes me politically that’s what I am,” he says.
He says when he is reporting he does his best to “play no favorites.”
Having spent decades in journalism, how does Rather see the current state of news with so much changing since he got into the business?
He says the way people get the news is going through, “a sea change.”
“The Internet is becoming the dominant way that most of the people get most of their news,” he says.
With the pressure to get news stories out right way Rather says, “What this does is shorten the time frame for reporters to do actual reporting.”