Dan Rather Talks Gay Marriage on 'Wendy Williams'
The legendary newsman gets candid about Couric and Romney
Couric’s upcoming talk show is a daytime hot topic and Rather admitted he’d "absolutely" accept an invite to appear on the show. Unfortunately, his “Rather Outspoken” nature may preclude it. “You’re more likely to see water run uphill,” he quipped.
The tension goes back to Rather’s infamous cut that CBS News decided "to dumb it down, tart it up" when Couric joined “CBS Evening News.”
“It was not directed at Katie personally, for whom I have a great respect,” Rather told Williams. “I think she misinterpreted it at the time, but so be it… She’s a great interviewer, she’s a great television personality, but the powers that be in the corporate side of CBS News wanted to do away with the Ed Murrow-Walter Cronkite tradition… What [they] wanted to do was take “The Today Show” and bring it to the evening news. I don’t excuse Katie Couric, but it was really the people who hired her saying... 'We want you to make softer news.’”
Rather added that Couric ultimately suffered for the decision, as did the ratings before CBS turned the show back around. “In a way, Katie Couric has much to answer for, but she was doing the kind of program she was told they wanted to do,” he concluded.
Williams and Rather also talked politics, dishing about Mitt Romney and Donald Trump’s relationship and Barack Obama's decision to sanction gay marriage.
“It was the right thing to do,” Rather said of the President’s decision. “And because it was the right thing to do, I think at least in the medium-to-long run, it will turn out to be the right political thing to have done. In the short run, controversy, of course... Whether it turns out politically beneficial or not, it was the right thing to do.”
Then it was game time. Williams shot “Would you Rather?” questions at her guest. Watch the clip and tune in to the show to see what he had to say about whether he’d take the Romneys, Trumps or Kardashians on a fly fishing trip and whether he’s prefer to see a Madonna or Lady Gaga concert.
"The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication and at midnight on BET
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Look at any of the news casts now and they have all been dumded down. They have way too many feel good stories and really avoid most hard news stories. I believe it is because they do not think that we the people can understand complex issues. I mean you will see a story on CBS Network news about Justin Bieber and his spat with a reporter while not a mention of the national dept being raised yet again.(just an example) Bottom line the network news has become more like Entertainment Tonight than a real news program. Between entermainment news and health news and commercials there is very little time for any real news. They also will avoid in a second a story that paints a chosen one(Obama as an example) in a bad light.
Over all just not worth watching!
I thought Dan Rather died with his career years ago?
After presenting fake documents to the american people in order to influence an election "The Dan" lost all credibility.
His proper place now would be on "The View" with the other Lived Beyond Her Fame newscastor BaBa WaWa.
Wow, hopefully things will continue to go south for Danny. He was never as important as he thought he was anyway.
When Dan Rather was caught in a lie, his apology was that the lie was somewhat effective. He regretted that it was not as effective as it could have been. His mere presence in any kind of media is an indictment of the arrogance of all the media. Any comment from a liar is worthless.
Always heard that it was "better to remain silent and let people think your are a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt". Mr Rather should have remained silent (again).
This is not a defense of Couric, either. Just a little questioning of the credibility of the party bearing witness to her shortcomings.
As my 7th grade English teacher used to say, "Diarrhea of mouth, constipation of thought..."