Of Rather, a ghost and the roundtable

Ray Richmond of The Hollywood Reporter writes of Dan Rather’s retirement and quotes from an interview he did with Rather last year. It’s stuff I’d not heard before (where’ve I been?), so the idea that Dan talks with the ghost of Edward R. Murrow is a little, well, curious.

“Ed Murrow’s ghost is here. I’ve seen him and talked to him on the third floor of this building many times late at night. And I can tell you that he’s watching over us.”
Murrow must have been on vacation when Rather and CBS ran the forged documents epic.

What a loss for journalism when you can’t count on Murrow’s ghost to keep you on the straight and narrow.

But it gets better.

“In my mind and the minds of the people I work with, this is a magical, mystical kingdom — our version of Camelot. And we feel we are working at a kind of roundtable of King Arthur proportions. Now, it may be that this kingdom exists only in our minds. But that makes it no less real for those of us who live it every day.”
If this were presented to any psychologist, the diagnosis would be chronic and persistent delusions.

But isn’t it a beautiful description of the pedestal of the press?

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