Dan Rather To Couric: You ‘Dumb It Down, Tart It Up’


Dan_rather_blackeyeDan Rather is a classs act. He is famous for attacking a sitting President on the air not to mention using forged documents to attack another sitting President before an election that eventually cost him his job.

Now Rather is caught attacking Katie Couric in an interview on MSNBC.

Dan Rather: “You know, she tried to change networks, which is always difficult and change the programs at the same time. They’ve done all of the usual things. They changed the set. They changed the executive producers. They changed the graphics person, lately, forced out a guy who had been there, Ned Steinberg, for many, many years. They make all those kind of the superficial changes. I do want to say that, I think, under Rick Kaplan, that they have tried to harden up the broadcast in recent days, but that is a relative phrase, harden it up. That , you know, the trend line continues, as I say, dumbing it down, tarting it up, going to celebrity coverage rather than war coverage.” via NewsBusters.org

What a class act Rather is.

Posted June 11, 2007 by
Media | 10 comments

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    10 Responses to “Dan Rather To Couric: You ‘Dumb It Down, Tart It Up’”

    1. hammer on June 11th, 2007 11:08 pm


      The days of centralized media delivery have ended, and with it, the days of the celebrity “news man” have ended, as well. Cable TV in the 1980′s was the harbringer; the internet delivered the coup d’ grace in the 1990′s. It only took a half-decade of meaningful evolution for the web to render the old news-making and delivery model irrelevant.

      Rather’s Air National Guard falsehood remains a milestone in the evolution of accurate news delivery.

      Dan’s boiled-down claim of “fake but accurate” cannot be the mantra of a serious “news man”. And he will wear this tag forever, because he refused to acknowledge the truth when it was obviously demonstrated.

      He didn’t drag a whole industry down with him — but he certainly contributed to it.

      Today, he is a historical curiosity; irrelevant to the news cycle that passed him by. Katie is more of the same. Do you think people actually get their meaningful news from “network TV” anymore?


    2. katablog.com on June 12th, 2007 12:00 am

      I agree that Rather is the LAST person that should talk about the news because he sold out over and over. But he’s right about one thing: Couric is BAD.

    3. Carpe Noctem on June 12th, 2007 12:55 am

      Well, I’ll be a tick on an aggravated bull’s hiney…

      on a super duper hot SUMMERRRR day in JULY!!!

      Dan Rather reporting,

      …and that’s the news, homeslice.


    4. arubapunk on June 12th, 2007 10:11 am


      and he stinks

    5. Mrs. Red on June 12th, 2007 10:43 am

      I don’t understand why these guys can’t grow old and irrelevant gracefully.

    6. Miss-Underestimated on June 12th, 2007 11:04 am

      Dan Who?

    7. bc on June 12th, 2007 1:31 pm

      Dan & his journalistic ethics contributed to his fall from grace, no doubt about it and I’m not sure why he is still in the limelight. I do agree though that the news has been dumbed down & tarted up. Katie was and is a stupid choice to “instruct us” on the news. It’s not the viewers that are the problem with the show, but the messenger & the content of the show that are sinking this particular ship. I’m surprised no-one seems to be looking in Sean McManus’s direction. Is it because he keeps pointing fingers & blaming everyone else?

    8. mayan_moons on June 12th, 2007 3:56 pm



      LOL Thats what i think of whenever i see him or he’s being talked about!

      He was sooo wanting to bring Bush down and it blew up in his phony face!


    9. Maggie on June 12th, 2007 7:58 pm

      I was actually a fan of Dan Rather’s. I grew up listening to Walter Cronkite and him. Read Mr. Rather’s books and enjoyed them. In one he tells about his wife dated Elvis before him. He said his wife(sarcastically joking) said to him once just look what I would be if I married Elvis. He said a widow??? Cronkite went on to appear on boats with the Clintons at Martha’s vineyard, during the time. there was talk of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

      No clue why it all started changing so much. I think journalists should keep their political beliefs out of their reporting. Seems not many do anymore. I guess that’s why I watch it much less now. I want to hear the news, not their political beliefs and agendas. Network news struggles more and more with all the cable 24/7 news. I don’t think it will ever again be what it once was. Not a fan of Katie Couric either. I don’t understand how any reporter is worth paying 10 million .. More and more Greta’s show is looking like National Enquirer.

    10. david r on June 12th, 2007 11:23 pm

      I don’t think putting Katie Couric on a news cast is “tarting it up.” Katie can be a tough interviewer, and no one would ever watch her with the volume down, as you might with Laurie Dhue.

      I was present at the National Assn of Broadcasters meeting in Houston where Rather and Nixon had their historic exchange during the Watergate era. It seemed that the conservative station owners booed Rather pretty loudly, but when you watch it on TV the boos are not that noticeable. Nixon was actually quite a comic.

      I think times have changed and Rather has lost his audience. It is time for another brash young journalist to emerge.

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