Dan Rather

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The movie “Truth” opens this weekend. It tells the story of a now-infamous report by Dan Rather, then with CBS, that explored and questioned the military record of former President George W. Bush and his service in the Texas National Guard that kept him from being sent to Vietnam. The movie stars Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’ bestseller “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power.”

Dan Rather discussed the incident at the heart of “Truth” as well as the state of journalism in an archived interview with Essential Pittsburgh host Paul Guggenheimer on March 19, 2014.

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Legendary broadcast journalist Dan Rather worked for CBS News for 44 years and anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 of those years.

He is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released a best-selling book on his life and the state of journalism today, Rather Outspoken.

Rather was particularly outspoken about the 3 ways he's seen standards drop in the craft of journalism: