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Deadlines and datelines
Rather, Dan.
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First edition.
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New York : Morrow, [1999]

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xviii, 220 pages ; 25 cm
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Essays originally written for the author's weekly newspaper column and his daily CBS radio program, Dan Rather reporting.

Includes index.
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Ranging from political campaigns to public school crises to turmoil in Russia, the bestselling author and CBS Evening News anchor examines the tragedies and triumphs that shape our nation. Complete with new essays on recent events, Rather explores America at the end of the twentieth century and looks ahead to its future as we enter the twenty-first. With his distinctive blend of frontline energy and a journalist's knack for a good story, Rather looks at the awesome struggles and everyday accomplishments he's witnessed at home and around the globe. With candor, compassion, and sometimes irreverence, Rather examines world leaders and local heroes.

Deadlines and Datelines is not without lighter moments. In one laugh-out-loud essay, Rather skewers the phenomenon of "dumb bass," or bass that are bred to go after any hook in sight. On the culture beat, Rather offers personal interviews and insightful appreciations as well as a compelling tribute to JFK, Jr. Throughout these essays, Rather offers readers a wide range of though-provoking observations, and shows yet again the skill and intelligence that have made him "part of our world" for more than four decades.

Author Notes

Dan Rather was born in Wharton, Texas, October 31, 1931. He attended Sam Houston State College at Huntsville, Texas, and earned his B.A. in Journalism in 1953. He went on to earn his Law degree from the University of Houston and South Texas School of Law.

After graduation he became a Journalism instructor at Sam Houston State College and worked for United Press International, and the Houston Chronicle as a news writer, reporter, and news director. He joined the CBS radio affiliate KTRH in Houston in the mid-late 1950s. He became the director of news and public affairs for CBS television affiliate KHOU in Houston in the late 1950s to 1961. From 1961 to 1964 he was the chief of CBS's southwestern bureau in Dallas. In 1963 he became the CBS White House Correspondent, and two years later the chief of the CBS London bureau for a year. In 1966 he was a war correspondent in Vietnam and returned to a position as CBS White House correspondent from 1966 to 1974.

In 1974, Rather became the anchor-correspondent for CBS Reports for a year before becoming the correspondent and co-editor for 60 Minutes until 1981. He has been an anchor for Dan Rather Reporting on the CBS Radio Network since 1977 and anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather form 1981 to 2005. In 1988 he became the anchor for 48 Hours and has anchored numerous CBS news specials.

Rather is the recipient of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters' awards for spot news coverage in 1956 and 1959. He has received numerous Emmy Awards for his outstanding news reports. In May 2007, Rather received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, for his lifetime contributions to journalism. Rather is also a columnist whose work is distributed by King Features Syndicate. On May 28, 2007, Rather compared historical events to events in the Star Wars films in the History Channel special, "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed". Rather continues to speak out against alleged influence in journalism by corporations and governments. At a recent conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sponsored by the group Free Press, Rather criticized both local and national news organizations, stating, according to reports, that there is no longer incentive to do "good and valuable news." Rather has since resumed his career with HDNet, a high-definition cable television station as a producer and hosts a weekly one-hour show called Dan Rather Reports as of October 24, 2006. Rather also has contributed as a guest on The Chris Matthews Show, and on The Daily Show. He has also formed an independent company called News and Guts Media.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Rather, the anchor for CBS Evening News, offers a potpourri of his commentaries on major news events and everyday occurrences. The opening chapter, "In the News, Across America," takes up such topics as growing incivility, violence in small towns, youth crime, and AIDS. Rather includes, in this chapter, pieces on the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichol, as well as the shooting spree in Jonesboro, Arkansas, that resulted in the murder of a teacher. From this opening, the brief essays, or vignettes, gain momentum as Rather remembers Malcolm X, having heard him speak once, and recalls how Malcolm caused unease among reporters because he declined to let reporters interpret and define him. Rather's close association with the famous results in an invitation to watch the Super Bowl with Bill Cosby after the murder of his son, and he writes about a road trip with Don Imus. He uses the occasion of CNN's misreporting of the use of lethal gas by U.S. forces in Laos to offer criticism of the media. In the chapter on foreign policy and global perspectives, there are pieces about Boris Yeltsin, Saddam Hussein, and the aging Fidel Castro, hoping to get a public relations boost from Pope John Paul II's Cuba visit. In the chapter on Washington politics, Rather writes about "one of the strangest stories" he has encountered, special prosecutor Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton. From the perspective of his many years of experience as a reporter, Rather points to the insights he has gained from news events. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0688165664Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like his rival anchors, Rather has been busy writing, but this book doesn't aim to rival Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation or Peter Jennings's The Century, let alone Rather's own engaging memoirs. This collection is based on Rather's syndicated weekly column and daily CBS radio program. While he claims to have tried "to avoid mere commentary and to offer solid reporting," nearly all the pieces here are short, slight and predictable; often, they feel as dated as yesterday's headlines. The topics include many recent news events and personages: Ward Connerly, JonBenet Ramsay, the WNBA, Cuban baseball, Saddam Hussein. His columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal, compiled before President Clinton was acquitted, are particularly stale. Better are his brief tributes to newsmen Charles Kuralt and Fred Friendly. In a few places, Rather offers longer and more thoughtful pieces: Malcolm X prompts the observation that "there has never been a symbol without a need"; Disney's Beauty and the Beast strikes Rather as a metaphor for AIDS. But his section of "Lighter Side" pieces, like the book as a whole, is better suited to the ephemeral status of a newspaper column than to preservation between hard covers. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From the personal to the political, television news reporter and anchor Rather favors a multimedia approach to sharing his thoughts and opinions with the public. This collection of essays includes materials from Rather's weekly newspaper column, his daily radio program, and articles written for magazines and newspapers. Like many collections of contemporary commentary, this one includes stories, such as the Clinton investigation and impeachment, that have been eclipsed by later events. Short essays, most written in 1997 and 1998, are grouped in sections on news from across America, foreign policy, national politics, personalities, and lighter topics. Rather's previous book, The Camera Never Blinks Twice (LJ 10/15/94), continued his memoirs begun in The Camera Never Blinks (LJ 6/1/77) and I Remember (LJ 10/1/91). Recommended for public libraries where the collected works of journalists circulate well and for comprehensive academic journalism collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/99.]ÄJudy Solberg, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xv
Chapter 1 In the News, Across America
N.Y. Confidentialp. 3
Small-Town Values, Big-Time Tragedyp. 5
Still Moving for Civil Rightsp. 7
Service with a Smirkp. 9
A Trip to the Inner Suburbp. 11
Reggie Dennyp. 13
Lessons from a Herop. 14
Is There a Conductor in the House?p. 16
Yabba-Dabba-Duhhhhhhp. 18
Black History Month: An American Experience, Not a Marketing Campaignp. 19
An Unlikely Revolutionaryp. 21
A Symbol Fills the Need of a New Generationp. 23
The Hard Truth About Hard Drugsp. 26
Phoenix Looks for Solutionsp. 28
Lessons of an American Sonp. 30
Jon-Benet's Picturesp. 32
Robber Barons of the Information Age?p. 33
A Road Trip with the Bad Boy of Radiop. 35
Songbird of the Smokiesp. 37
The Air-Conditioned American Dreamp. 39
Oklahoma Explosionp. 41
Victims After the Verdictp. 43
The Next Trialp. 45
The Right Stuff, Part IIp. 47
Send Doobiep. 50
Sweet Libertyp. 52
Protecting the Dream--and the Protectorsp. 54
Adoptionp. 56
Leading Librarian Says Renewal Is Overduep. 57
The W.N.B.A.p. 59
Play Ball?p. 61
Religious Imagesp. 62
The AIDS Metaphor in Beauty and the Beastp. 64
Chapter 2 Foreign Policies, Global Perspectives
China, America, and the Futurep. 71
Yeltsin Reshuffles the Deckp. 73
Straight Talk on Iraqp. 74
Saddam's Influential Associatep. 76
Cuba's National Pastime Isn't Politics or Religionp. 79
Castro Hears the Clockp. 81
Saddam's Unchanging Characterp. 84
The New "Great Game" in the Caspian Seap. 86
The U.N. As Usual: Intrigue and Informationp. 88
Independence Won, Opportunities Lostp. 90
"Wild Bill" Goes to North Koreap. 92
Strangers on a Trainp. 94
A Visit to the Good Earthp. 96
Economic Forecast for Japan--from a Surprising Sourcep. 98
The China Connection--To Iranp. 100
The New Miserablesp. 103
Chapter 3 The Washington Scene: Politics and Politicians
Lives of the Huntedp. 108
Debates and Decisionsp. 110
Kids Read the Darnedest Thingsp. 112
Clinton's August Allyp. 114
All the President's Men and Womenp. 116
Two Against the Worldp. 118
A Dangerous Manp. 120
Underestimated Featuresp. 122
Madeleine Albright Is Ready for Her Close-upp. 124
Bill Cohen Does His Homeworkp. 127
Looking to Asia, Bob Rubin Fights Off Depressionp. 129
Between Entertainment and Politicsp. 131
Out of the Starting Gatep. 133
How to Handle a Womanp. 135
Default Lies Not in Our Starsp. 137
Gridlock ... and Servicep. 139
Vietnam Wins: Clinton Lifts the Trade Embargop. 140
Anti-Semitism and the Clinton Doctrinep. 143
An Open Letter, Openly Ignoredp. 144
Chapter 4 Tributes
The Last Grandmotherp. 149
Touched by a Princessp. 151
A Poet with a Camera in Towp. 154
A Saint Who Knew What She Wantedp. 158
American Journalism Is a Truly Friendly Placep. 160
Symbol of a Turbulent Erap. 162
Role Model for a Generationp. 163
The Lessons of Loyp. 165
The Last Genuine Articlep. 166
Mantlep. 170
Alonep. 171
The First Danny Awardp. 173
Unlucky Luccip. 175
Women We Love: Tammy Wynettep. 176
Love Me Tenderp. 179
Chapter 5 The Lighter Side
I Don't Want My MTV, or Bring Back the Test Pattern!p. 183
The Dumb Bassp. 185
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Easterp. 187
Don't Let It Be Forgot for One Brief Shining Momentp. 189
It Takes Two ... and a Considerable Amount of Chutzpahp. 191
When Scandal Rocks the White Housep. 192
Cartoon Carnivalp. 195
Consciousness Schoolp. 196
If a Complex Series of Biological Responses Be the Food of Love ...p. 198
When They're Sixty-fourp. 199
Are We Having Fun Yet?p. 200
Coming to a Theater Near Youp. 202
Really Useful Ratingsp. 203
The Weather Outside Is Frightfulp. 205
El Nino and the Brilliant Pebblesp. 206
For Which We Would Borrow a Title from James Joycep. 208
Indexp. 211