During my 6 weeks trip around of the US I discovered two faultless ways to lure people to conversation. One of them is very obvious; I mean Syria, it’s very hot and fearful current affair that became dramatically important for all Americans because of they found themselves in step to the war. The second way to provoke people to talk is immigration reform. It works everywhere without misfire: in Congress, in Starbucks, in plane, in nail salon, in laundry etc.
"They says Americans' past-time is baseball but I think it's politics … We want to do for politics what ESPN did for sport … we're here for obsessives and junkies". Fighting words from Politico National Political Reporter James Hohmann -- and just as well, for this is a fight to the death between the future of once-venerable institutions versus the anything-is-possible mentality from relative start-up competitors. Hohmann: "keeping the startup vibe is one of the secrets of our sauce".
As a "voice of God" -- referencing the authority of the three U.S. network anchors, who together address nearly thirty million viewers nightly -- Dan Rather had rather big shoes to fill when he assumed the anchor chair from Walker Cronkite in 1981. As Ken Auletta records in his magisterial profile on Rather in The New Yorker: "the one thing I hope … is that even my enemies think that I am authentic." (http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/03/07/050307fa_fact2?currentPage=all).
The United States is accused of being the policeman of the world, but since no other nation has the appetite or power to resolve global conflicts, Washington has to step up to the plate. Rep Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, said he fully backs President Barack Obama on whatever action is needed to punish the Syrian regime after it used chemical weapons against its own people. “It’s not a sure thing, but if we get this through Congress, it will be three days of Tomahawk strikes on certain arsenals and instruments that the regime used to deliver the gas.
It’s an event which will forever define a particular point in our lives. I had been a reporter for barely 2 years when 9/11 happened. I had just come home from a long work day, watching the late night local newscast in Manila when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers. I watched the scene with horror, trying but failing, to make sense of it all. The image of the towers crashing down will forever be etched in the collective memory of this generatio
These are news organizations I have admired from thousands of miles away. They have their own flaws but comparably these are the hall mark of journalism, because no institution is perfect. It’s debatable though.
Dan Rather Reports
Here I was face to face with Dan Rather. Was I star struck? Yes, like my other colleagues only we kept our cool. This is the man who has done it all in TV.