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  •  the downfall can be attributed to the (4+ / 0-)

    efforts of one "front" man - van gordon sauter - who was hired to make dan rather the "star" when cronkite was forced out.  

    the first task he did when made head of radio network news at cbs was to fire all the old school editors and writers and when moved to tv, he hired a new group of reporters who were known for shoving mics in front of the victim's face and saying "how do you FEEEEEEeeeeel?"

    the professionals overseas were forced out - the foreign news bureaus closed (allegedly to cut costs but in reality to put all major stories through rather's face and keep the no.1 ratings).

    moving also from broadcast news, cbs put the news under the entertainment division.

    oh, another bit about sauter - at the time he was hired, the media was considered to be "liberal biased" because the reporters reported "just the facts" and let people make up their own minds. the common attitude in news was that when people had ALL the information, they could decide for themselves what was true.  no slant.  ever!

    sauter was and is a self-acknowledged conservative who decided HE would "bring balance" to the network... and he did it by screwing up the division badly.  (as you can tell, i loathe the man - did from the very first time i ever saw him at cbs sitting with his legs thrown over a chairarm in em stone's office.  the smug jerk was wearing jeans and a flannel shirt - total lack of respect for the job.)

    my only satisfaction (and i am sure it is shared) is when he went into the head of blackrock thinking he was "indispensible" and demanded a huge pay hike in his contract or he would "walk" - they smiled and said, "buhBYE!!!"

    he was a tool used by the corporate heads at cbs and he, too, was tossed aside when the damage was completed.

    MOVE'EM UP! ROLL'EM OUT... MOVE'EM UP RAWHIDE!!! meeeoooow! mrraaarrr!! meeeOOOOOW!

    by edrie on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 06:57:48 PM PST

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