The Dan Rather Rehabilitation Tour traveled to "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Wednesday, and Rather said very little that was new. Philbin greeted him with an over-enthusiastic schmooze: “It’s like lookin’ at Mount Rushmore!”
In between explaining how you can get your HDNet so you can be one of the 40 viewers of Rather's show, Rather did get in his belief that “journalism is an important part of our system of checks and balances in this government” and that his show is “a wee small voice for journalism with integrity and quality journalism on Tuesday nights.” He's so dedicated that he said journalism twice. Nobody asked if using phony memos really fits Rather's definition of "journalism with integrity." When Philbin asked his opinion of the "Brit Pack," the new celebrity party girls hanging out with Britney Spears, Rather would only say, “None of them are as pretty as Kelly.”
AP's Frazier Moore recently reported that Rather's show was likely to focus on war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the "middle-class squeeze," and politics. He declared Rather's show was "A positive force in journalism, even for people who can't see it."