And so today we wake to the first day of the Dan Rather-less world, the first day in 44 years that we’ve not had Dan Rather attached to network TV. In one of those “wish we’d said that” lines, The Technology Liberation Front(TLF) described Rather’s melting last years as, “forgotten but not gone“.
In his presentation on blogging, our friend Mike Krempasky points out how many years Rather spent on TV, and asks the audience to imagine how much time (in hours, years) that equals. But, he points out, if you type “Dan Rather” into Google, what comes up most often are stories related to his last colossal blunder and his botched and ham-handed story about President Bush’s National Guard service. It will go down in history as the most public case of cosmic retribution ever recorded. A 44-year career is now synonymous with scandal and sloppy journalism.
However, its lessons for the emerging blogosphere are equally potent. A story that was years in the making evaporated within 48 hours after being aired because a document expert posted a comment on a blog that swept the blogosphere. In the wake of the resulting tsunami, mighty CBS was powerless. Other blogosphere-David victories over big media-Goliaths followed, but Rather was spectacularly the first.
Says TLF in conclusion:
“He wanted to be remembered. He will be, but not as a crack journalist or trusted national figure. Instead, he will be remembered as symbol of the “old media” world, whose downfall represented the collapse of that world.”
Dan Rather, rest in peace.
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