Sunday, October 03, 2004
While acknowledging mistakes in CBS anchor Dan Rather's "60 Minutes" report [...] Brokaw blasted what he called an attempt to "demonize" CBS and Rather on the Internet, where complaints about the report first surfaced. He said the criticism "goes well beyond any factual information."
"What I think is highly inappropriate is what going on across the Internet, a kind of political jihad ... that is quite outrageous," the NBC anchor said at a panel on which all three men spoke.
"I don't think you ever judge a man by only one event in his career," said Jennings, anchor on ABC.
Check the C-SPAN video, though, because I'm sure I saw Jennings direct the international "crazy" signal Rather's way during the Q&A's.
Rather said he did not ask enough questions before the war or conduct enough follow-up reporting.
"If the country is in dire peril, as the president of the United States says it is ... I want to be a patriotic journalist," he said.
"You know that the role of the patriotic journalist is to put your fear aside, stand up, look them in the eye, ask the rough questions. But you also know that when you do that, you're going to get hammered..." Rather said. "So what happens is you just say ... maybe tomorrow."