Dan Rather leaves, and the profession he helped elevate chases him out with National Enquirer-worthy snipes. What were the headlines? "Rather Departs Under Cloud of Scandal," "Dan Rather Finally Quits, Having Stayed Too Long."
I think journalists have forgotten that before Rather and his generation, the media was a propaganda branch of government, a ventriloquist at the service of the party in power. Rather and his cohorts made journalism a force to be reckoned with. They actually told people things that mattered.
They were arrogant, even haughty, because the government they went after had shamelessly abused power (kinda like today), and in order to take on those challenges, you have to be rather fat in the head. You certainly can't accuse the press today of being fat in the head. I'd say submissive would be an apt description.
And perhaps that's the reason for all the nasty remarks as Rather fades.
Today, radio, TV news and print journalism exist as a Bush Administration mouthpiece.
Now that the last giant of the profession has departed, the media can properly return to sniveling for a seat at the table.
Roudy has done it again. The One to One San Miguel Mentoring Program was fortunate again to have Roudy offer our matches a great horseback ride. Roudy has provided many horseback rides for our mentors and their buddies over the years and we cannot thank him enough. One to One is always looking for other fun activities for our matches and we could not make such activities available if it were not for the generous donations of such people as Roudy. This is just one way we can thank our volunteers for all that they do. Roudy also offers additional discounted rides for our matches, so they can have the opportunity to participate in fun activities that can otherwise be unaffordable. So, again, all of us here at One to One would like to extend a huge thank you to Roudy and Erin Duffy, Roudy's righthand woman, and all the wranglers.
Brittany Miller, One to One Case Manager