Dan Rather

Dan Rather

Journalist, storyteller, and lifelong reader. A Texan, by birth and by choice. Author of WHAT UNITES US. https://t.co/uhwukT5WuM

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In covering politicians of all sorts, a rule of thumb I have tried to follow is while words and “tone” matter, focus on the actions. Actions (in politics as well as the rest of life) speak much louder than words.

The long-running inaction, indifference, and hostility to science and the truth by the governor of Florida, compounded by the complicity of the White House, could emerge as one of the great tragedies and outrages of modern American history.

Competence matters. Empathy mattes. The truth matters. Leadership matters. Government matters. Please, let us find a way to combine all of these together when we chart a path forward.

To all those claiming they never said things they clearly said (over and over again on TV, Twitter, etc.), I'd like to introduce you to this new-fangled contraption called the Internet. I suspect you’ll hear a lot about it during the upcoming campaign.

“I never hear scientists — true scientists, good quality scientists — speak in terms of nationality.” Collaboration. Putting results ahead of ego. More reasons to love scientists. Let’s step back and let them take the wheel.

The music that makes America sing has lost part of its harmony. RIP. Prayers and condolences to the friends and family of Ellis Marsalis.

If this feels like war, we should darn well fight it like war. Esteemed scientist Harvey Fineberg summons his inner Patton to lay out a path to victory by D-Day. “The aim is not to flatten the curve; the goal is to crush the curve.”

I’m so glad you like the book. It means a lot to me. Courage.

Maybe when this is all over we can widen the sidewalks.

I hear from parents of young children that many are crawling into beds in the middle of the night. My advice: hug them tight.


Just a thought: Which should be considered more “marginal” - believing in Santa at age 7 or not believing in climate change at age 72?

News anchors looking into camera and reading a script handed down by a corporate overlord, words meant to obscure the truth not elucidate it, isn't journalism. It's propaganda. It's Orwellian. A slippery slope to how despots wrest power, silence dissent, and oppress the masses.

You know who are also heroes? Those working the checkout counters and stocking shelves at supermarkets and pharmacies. Their work, at some risk to their own health, is vital to the health and safety of our country.

We have a cover up. The senators who are voting against documents, those who wish to hide witnesses, those who are content whistling past the truth they surely know, have made their bargain with their conscience. The question is where the conscience of the nation will fall.

Can we just cut through the bullshine? The claim that the Democrats haven't done anything in Congress is a joke. They have passed hundreds of bills on all sorts of vital issues. That these bills are backing up in the Senate like rush hour on the 405 is because of Mitch McConnell.

We stockpile bombs and ammunition for our national security, at huge cost. Why haven’t we stockpiled respirators, masks, and other gear at a fraction of that cost?

I'd much rather live in a world reflecting the values, philanthropy, and yes intelligence of LeBron James and Don Lemon's intelligent commitment to truth and journalism than the divisive peevishness, lies, and narrow self-interest displayed by the President of the United States.

So President Trump is complaining about "transparency" in the impeachment inquiries? Because of testimony behind closed doors? Ok, sir. Show us the tax returns, your business interests, and let us know what you talk about with Vladimir Putin. Then we can talk transparency.

When someone starts an argument with "I'm not a scientist, but..." maybe we should stop listening to them weighing in on science. And maybe news shows should stop asking these pundits to talk about something they’re not qualified to talk about.

Of all the sobering data coming at us, of death, sickness, testing capacity, ventilators, lost jobs, and businesses on the brink, it would seem TV ratings would be the least important number anyone would even think to consider.