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Dan Rather
October 31, 1931 -
Nationality: American
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: American Journalist

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.


I had someone at the Houston police station shoot me with heroin so I could do a story about it. The experience was a special kind of hell. I came out understanding full well how one could be addicted to 'smack,' and quickly.


For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.


I got addicted. News, particularly daily news, is more addictive than crack cocaine, more addictive than heroin, more addictive than cigarettes.


I've tried everything. I can say to you with confidence, I know a fair amount about LSD. I've never been a social user of any of these things, but my curiosity has carried me into a lot of interesting areas.


A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well.


Those market researchers... are playing games with you and me and with this entire country. Their so-called samples of opinion are no more accurate or reliable than my grandmother's big toe was when it came to predicting the weather.


Never eat spinach just before going on the air.


Journalists should denounce government by public opinion polls.


To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer.

    Topics: Computer

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.


Performing doesn't turn me on. It's an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas - including this one.


I've always tried to be fair, even-handed, not an advocate for any group.


And now the sequence of events in no particular order.


Once the herd starts moving in one direction, it's very hard to turn it, even slightly.


Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.


Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic.


The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth".


This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex.


Be careful. Journalism is more addictive than crack cocaine. Your life can get out of balance.


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