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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It’s pretty simple. When the questions you’re “just asking” are based on lies, the questions aren’t just questions. They’re lies. In service of other lies.

Every once in a while I just stop in my tracks and think: This is NUTS.

Sanity, empathy, and competence seem to have been undervalued motivators of governance.

All newspapers and news shows should make sure COVID is one of THE leading stories each and EVERY day. The death toll, overwhelmed hospitals, economic reverberations, inequities, vaccine rollout. We can’t allow this to become background noise. For heaven's sake.

Dr. King was only a few years older than me. I think of that often, especially on his birthday. We were young men when we first met. And already he was a once-in-a-generation leader. How much more he could have accomplished. How much more America, and the world, needed his voice.

Brilliant scientists produced nearly-miraculous vaccines in record time. Politicians, officials, and policymakers have screwed up the delivery. It’s a national scandal, echoed across many states, that can measured in hardship and death.

Perhaps lost in all the madness that has been going on is that Joe Biden’s life path to this moment has been remarkable, a journey of tragedy, perseverance, hope, and an uncanny ability to defy the odds.

If you want an omen for 2021 that this year may be a wee bit different, may I suggest Exhibit 1a: The #Bills .

As bad as the Trump Administration looks today, I firmly believe history will judge it much more harshly.


The audio of Trump with the Georgia secretary of state. Wow. It’s like telling the Nixon tapes to “hold my beer.”

Can we at least recognize that “Court Packing” at all levels of the judiciary has been the Republican playbook for decades? Asking for Merrick Garland.

I can imagine no other president in my lifetime failing to address the nation in a prime time speech during a crisis such as this. On the other hand, I cannot imagine another president whose words would be less welcome by so many of his fellow citizens.

So. Let's set the stage... President Trump has chosen as the venue for his first rally in months, Tulsa, Oklahoma, site of a horrific massacre of African Americans. And he has set the date for June 19th, Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Waiting in line for hours to vote should be considered less a story on voter enthusiasm and more a story on voter suppression. No one should have to wait hours to vote.

Watching President Obama’s graduation address tonight I think I finally understand Obamagate. It’s the scandal of having a president being able to speak with empathy, humor, insight, inspiration and in complete and coherent sentences.