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What Unites Us by Dan Rather
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did not like it
bookshelves: did-not-finish, skimmed-only, not-for-me

Speaking plainly, this is a terrible book. I didn't read much of it, but I'd forgotten who Dan Rather is (was), and why I dislike(d) him. The few pages I read are full of blather & empty platitudes, just like his bad TV "newscasts". If you, too, have forgotten him:
-- which is the episode that ended his CBS career. Rather credulously retailed some obviously fake news to make then-President GW Bush look bad, apparently without doing any due diligence, and this came back to bite him in the ass, big time. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy {/sarc}.

Avoid this turkey at all costs. Unless, of course, you believe(d) the Rather smear stuff. None of which is in this book, but consider the author.....
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Reading Progress

July 8, 2018 – Started Reading
July 9, 2018 – Shelved
July 9, 2018 – Shelved as: did-not-finish
July 9, 2018 – Shelved as: skimmed-only
July 9, 2018 – Shelved as: not-for-me
July 9, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Peter (last edited Jul 09, 2018 03:48PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Peter Tillman I'm reminded of some of the leftist coastal elites and their constant, empty, foolish attacks on the current President. Who, I'll grant you, has lots to attack.....

Perhaps the "Trump Resistance" should recall the tale of Chicken Little?

message 2: by James (new)

James Hold Dan Rather started out as a newsman on Channel 13 in Houston. Along came a hurricane and he got national coverage to where Walter Crankcase gave him a gig at CBS.

Now anytime there's a storm in the Houston area, ALL the newsmen and women don their slickers race out into the middle of the action hoping to get noticed by the big timers. It means endless preemption of regular programming and people making fools of themselves trying to get as close to the floodwaters without falling in. That to me is Dan Rather's legacy.

Plus he always came across as an insufferably conceited prig.

Peter Tillman Huh. Thanks for that. I went to college in Houston (at Rice), but before the Rather era, I suppose. But I didn't watch TV, then or now.

> he always came across as an insufferably conceited prig.
Ayup. And a damn fool.

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