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  •  Nah. Rather actually made his career the day (14+ / 0-)

    he strapped himself to a palm tree on Galveston during Hurricane Carla?  Well that was the myth anyway, truth is very interesting anyway.


    In early September 1961, Rather reported live from the Galveston Seawall as Hurricane Carla threatened the Texas coastline. In his autobiography, Rather notes that back then, television stations did not have their own radar systems, and there was no modern computerized radar that combines the radar image with an outline map. So he took a camera crew to the U.S. Weather Bureau (National Weather Service) office with a WSR-57 radar console located on the 5th floor of the Post Office Building on 25th Street in downtown Galveston (the antenna and its radome housing were located above the 7th floor, on the roof). A meteorologist drew for him a rough outline of the Gulf of Mexico on a sheet of plastic, and held that over the black and white radar display of Carla to give Rather's audience an idea of the Carla's size, and the position of the hurricane's eye. Rather's reporting was the first ever display of a meteorological surveillance radar on television, and has been imitated by countless other reporters. This so impressed the network executives at CBS, that they offered him a job as a CBS News correspondent. Rather also, along with numerous other local and national television reporters, showed TV audiences the effects of Carla along the seawall, from the time the storm surge started slowly coming in, through much of the duration, and the aftermath. Rather refused CBS's first offer, but accepted their second offer when it came three months later. The feat was memorialized by a curbside Texas Historical Marker at the Post Office.
    But yes, he got his national gig when he brought attention to himself for his controversial reporting on the JFK assassination and its aftermath.


    On May 18, 2012, on Bill Maher, Rather said he was fired for reporting a story about George W Bush's year of absence from the reserve unit he served with, and that the news corporations were 'very uncomfortable' with running the story.

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    by divineorder on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 07:30:23 AM PST

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    •  Actually, it was when he was in Afghanistan with (0+ / 0-)

      the Mujahadeen (later to morph into the Taliban) wearing a turban, all embedded-like with the freedom fighters -- hence the name "Gunga Dan" in some quarters.

      (Little did he know that those "troops" with whom he was embedded at the time would turn out to be freedom fighters the same way toothpaste is said to be a cavity fighter.)

      When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered -- MLK, Jr.

      by caul on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 01:28:34 AM PST

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