By Jonathan Kemple
Daniel Irvin Rather Jr. (born October 31, 1931) is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He was most recently managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel AXS TV. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9, 1981, to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Rather became embroiled in controversy about a disputed news report involving President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era service in the National Guard and subsequently left CBS Evening News in 2005, and he left the network altogether after 43 years in 2006.
Daniel Rather was retired but got back in the game by making a Facebook page in called News and Guts late January 2017. Dan Rather launched the Facebook page to counter lies and “alternative facts” from Donald Trump. Rather had enough with the Trump administration and the news media point of view.
A Willamette going student Jack Coffman said “Dan Rather seems like a respected news icon. Rather was a news reporter and a show host and he’s not done yet, Rather got out of retirement and started a Facebook page reporting on recent events.”