It was just one sentence uttered on a morning radio talkshow, but it's sparked a firestorm of controversy in the television news business. Former CBS News anchorman Dan Rather saying that CBS executives have tried to lure viewers to the "CBS Evening News" by "dumbing it down and tarting it up." He added that executives have tried to inject "Today Show ethos" into the program, which is currently in third place. As we all know, Katie Couric happens to anchor that newscast, one which Dan Rather fronted for nearly twenty five years. CBS reacted quickly to the comments. Corporate chief Les Moonves called Rather's remarks "sexist."
So Gather members, we want to know how you feel about television news these days. Is Dan Rather right? Or is he just bad mouthing his former boss? Do you watch Katie Couric? What stories would you like to see covered more... or less?
Let's start a conversation!