The Daily Show and the Colbert Report Present Indecision 2006 Midterm Midtacular 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)
A modest Texan with a hard-headed reporting style, Dan Rather led a prolific career in journalism that spanned more than half a century. Though he never saw a television set until the age of 18, Rather went on to become one of the leading television journalists in history, reporting on groundbreaking stories - from the assassination of President Kennedy to the Vietnam War. Serving as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" (CBS, 1962- ) for 24 years, Rather was named one of the "Big Three" - alongside peers Peter Jennings (ABC) and Tom Brokaw (NBC) - of network news broadcasting. Though he received criticism for his direct reporting style, Rather's down-home Southern charm made him a celebrated journalist for much of his career. Known for his folksy "Ratherisms," his Texas upbringing made its mark on his newscasts; he once famously described President Clinton's re-election as being "as secure as a double knot tied in wet rawhide." The recipient of a Peabody Award as well as numerous Emmy Awards, Rather was revered as one of the greatest American broadcast journalists of the last 50 years - and despite a questionable departure from CBS amidst allegations of political mudslinging and accusations from the right of Rather's leftist-leaning ways - the anchorman went on to further success as host of "Dan Rather Reports," (2006- ) - his reputation as a reputable newsman firmly intact.