Former CBS Evening News anchor, Dan Rather, will burst upon the media scene with a new weekly news show. His nontraditional 30-minute evening newscast is set to appear weekly on this surprising network.
His show, The News With Dan Rather, will focus on original reporting, with more attention to those stories, and analysis.
Rather said the format focuses “on substance,” CNN reported:
‘The format is designed to allow me to focus on substance…No bells and whistles. The set is literally my office.’
The 86-year-old Rather told CNN:
‘At this age and stage in my life, my attitude is, “What the hell.” I am not the smartest guy around and don’t know everything, but I have been blessed as a reporter and have seen a few things. And now I have moved to a different place. I want to contribute if I can.’
The newsman continued:
‘I feel strongly that when you have a president who is continually, relentlessly damning the press, individuals by name, individual institutions and calling the press the enemy of the people — listen, this has to be resisted.
‘This is a time when everybody needs to be counted. I don’t want to be preachy about it, but we have a real responsibility, those of us in journalism and those of us who have experience in journalism, to do what we can. … These efforts to convince the public that people in the news are dealing in fake news is quite frankly bullshit.’
Network founder and CEO, Cenk Uygur, said The Young Turks Network needs people with “an authentic point of view:”
‘We just need people to have an authentic point of view. And Dan’s point of view is not only smart and informed and incredibly experienced, but also authentic.’
Rather summed it up:
‘If we do this project right, I do think we can have some effect. I don’t kid myself that we are going to have much effect on someone who is a follower of Breitbart or Fox News. But even if we can have a little effect — I think some of the authenticity can get through to some of these people.’
The News With Dan Rather premieres Monday on The Young Turks Network at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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