Dan Rather’s Walkoff

And now, my exclusive interview with His Holiness, Pope John Paul II…That’s it, I cannot work under these conditions. If anyone wants me, I’ll be downstairs at MacDougal’s… — Kent Brockman, “Lisa The Beauty Queen”

CBS Evening News certainly got nightly news folk hero Dan Rather‘s goat when in 1987 the network opted to present the final minutes of a tennis match in place of the start of Rather’s on-site broadcast in Miami (where, yes, John Paul II was currently visiting). Rather was pissed, and he opted not to be in his seat when the match ended and CBS cut back to the studio.

Fortunately, YouTube has footage of this awkward moment. Let’s take a look:

Hm. Well, it looks like I’ve been duped yet again. Nonetheless, you can read the New York Times‘s account of things if you like.

Rather, for his part, deeply regretted his decision to leave his post, issuing a public apology the next night:

Alright, that’s it. Call the SHS weekend guy, I don’t care.

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One Response to Dan Rather’s Walkoff

  1. Ringo says:

    I love this site. Kudos, Lisa. Kudos.

    Is there any chance there’s any material in the line Homer says in ‘Two Bad Neighbors': “I voted for Prell to go back to the old glass bottle. After that, I became deeply cynical…”

    I have no idea what he’s talking about and while I could consult the internet at large, I’d appreciate your take on it.

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