Tonight is Dan Rather’s final broadcast from the CBS anchor chair. “Courage”, Dan.
Despite a 40 year career where Rather covered everything from the assassination of President Kennedy, to the Tiananmen Square massacre, to close elections, Dan will be remembered for the false National Guard document fiasco.
Bob Schieffer will take over the anchor chair, probably only temporarily. Ol’ Bob isn’t partisan enough though, so what’s CBS to do?
Other front-runners for Rather’s chair are John Roberts and Scott Pelley, but if the network isn’t afraid to show its bias, and we know they aren’t, they may go outside the network to find a much better choice as anchor. James Carville comes to mind first.
Entertaining, fiercely partisan, and unapologetic about it, Carville isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong. On “Meet the Press” a couple of months ago, James pulled out an egg and smashed it on his head, covering his dome and mug with slimy yolk, the egg oozing down his warlock-esque face, a visual that must have made even the hardiest of iron-bellied Cajuns projectile hurl their gumbo halfway across Shreveport.
Carville did it to demonstrate how he had egg on his face after predicting Kerry would win the election. This kind of shtick would be great on the network news, and had Rather done this, it could have saved his job.
CBS should also consider interviewing former Iraqi Information Minister extraordinaire, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, better known as “Baghdad Bob.” The king of denial could take over without a need for CBS to break stride.
If CBS really cared about the truth, they’d start their anchor interview process by talking to “guys sitting in their living rooms in their pajamas writing.”
Think about it. “The CBS Evening Blog” could be an enlightening and entertaining venture into the future of news dissemination, but the network will hold firm and insist on a person who will secure the line that keeps the Big Media ship firmly in place, not drifting with the current of the times, as ratings continue to sink.
History will show this is why they were called “anchors.”