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Dan Rather reflects on his 60-year career in journalism. He says he can’t remember a time he didn’t want to be a journalist. In 44 years at CBS News, Dan Rather reported from the front lines of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He was the first network reporter to confirm President Kennedy’s assassination. He stayed on air for 18 hours straight after the September eleventh attacks. But he was pushed out of the anchor chair at CBS Evening News eight years ago after documents he used in a piece about President George W. Bush’s National Guard Service were discredited. career and defends his reputation. Dan Rather explains why he still stands behind the truth of the story.
The Diane Rehm Show (http://wamu.fm/JU0GOq): Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather talks about his last days at the network and his impressions of Viacom and CBS majority owner Sumner Redstone. According to Rather, Redstone publicly stated before the 2004 presidential election that he hoped George W. Bush would be elected to a second term in office because it would be good for Viacom if he were:
Excerpt from Dan Rather's "Rather Outspoken: My Life In The News." Copyright 2012 by Dan Rather. All rights reserved. Reprinted here by permission of Grand Central Publishing: