Rather Stepping Down Sparks Comments

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Rather made his announcement to step down as news anchor Tuesday. He will remain as a correspondent for the television news magazine 60 Minutes as well as undertake other assignments for the news division. He will step down March 24, 2005.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2004) -- Dan Rather’s decision to step down as the "CBS Evening News" anchor is “clearly a major event in electronic journalism,” said Roy Moore, professor of journalism in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

Rather’s age (73) and the “oppressive deadlines of daily electronic news reporting” were obviously contributing factors, said Moore, who has taught media law at the graduate and undergraduate student levels in the UK journalism school since 1986.

Rather made his announcement to step down as news anchor Tuesday. He will remain as a correspondent for the television news magazine "60 Minutes" as well as undertake other assignments for the news division. He will step down March 24, 2005.

Asked if the recent controversy over the possibility that Rather reported about documents that purported to show President George W. Bush’s absence from duty during his National Guard service were forged played a role in his decision to step down, Moore said, “It probably did.”

Moore added that reporters who are under the kind of pressure Rather faced on a daily basis “sooner or later” make mistakes.

News Media Note : Moore has agreed to be interviewed about the journalistic impact of the Dan Rather decision. He can be reached at his office (859) 257-7805, at home (859) 263-9079, or on his cell phone 333-2151.


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