Dan Rather is a real newsman, part of a generation of trusted, introspective sources, along with Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw. But with Jennings dead, Brokaw retired, and Rather forced from CBS within a year of each other, news as we know it has ended. Rather is a real reporter, unlike Katie Couric, his replacement after Bob Schieffer (who is a real newsman as well) is taken from his interim role. Rather is well known for his reports on Kennedy's assassination, Nixon's impeachment, Vietnam, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Suddam's tourture chambers.
Unfortunately, Rather will be remembered for his drawn out voice and one error in reporting, more than for all the good things he did. Like the news has never fucked up a little deatail in a story before?
Rather is also probably the only reporter to have a top 10 rock his written about him. REM's What's the Frequency, Kenneth, is about an incident in the 1980s in which a crazy guy beat up Rather because he thought the media was controling him mind.
Dan Rather reported real news. Not like this bullshit from Catie Kouric, or the fake and twisted news from Fox.