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CBS Trying to Erase Dan Rather?

ratherr9-16.jpgDaily Beast’s Lloyd Grove posted an article describing an increasing pettiness between Dan Rather and CBS. In it, he describes the claims that are being “floated by the Rather camp” regarding Walter Cronkite‘s funeral and memorial as well as supposed attempts by CBS to “erase” Dan Rather from its history:

The latest contretemps involve such momentous issues as: whether the forced-out anchorman, who held the job for 24 years, would be welcomed at the recent funeral and memorial service for his legendary predecessor, Walter Cronkite;…whether an independent filmmaker hoping to make a Rather documentary would be granted access to CBS News archival footage; and whether CBS, in Orwellian style, is trying to make Rather a non-person and erase him from the corporate memory.

TVNewser was at the memorial service and watched as several of Rather’s former correspondent and producer colleagues received him warmly. The footage matter is more complicated/sillier sounding:

CBS refused Rather’s request to purchase archival material from his four decades at the network (although he does, per his severance agreement, have access to the video and photos that were used in a one-hour special on his career that aired when he stopped anchoring The CBS Evening News in 2005). What’s more, CBS recently denied archival material to an independent filmmaker exploring the possibility of a Rather documentary.

Grove notes there are conflicting accounts by a CBS spokesperson and the director of the documentary of how that transpired. CBS maintains the director was looking for disparaging material.

It’s just like that scene in “Back to the Future” where Marty’s family is disappearing from that picture, except more boring.

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Plans for Walter Cronkite Funeral Announced

Walter Cronkite‘s family has released details on his funeral service tomorrow at 2pmET at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan. The service will be a traditional burial service from the Book of Common Prayer with the Rev. William McD. Tully presiding. Music will be performed by St. Bartholomew’s Choir. The music was chosen in cooperation with the family and will include a jazz band’s rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In” during the final procession. Speakers will include Andy Rooney, Sanford Socolow, Mike Ashford and Bill Harbach followed by a final tribute from son Chip Cronkite.

St. Bartholomew’s is the church that Walter and Betsy Cronkite brought their family to in 1960, and where their children, Chip, Nancy and Kathy went to Sunday school and worshipped regularly over the years. Betsy Cronkite‘s funeral was held there in 2005.

The Cronkite family has requested that donations be sent to The Walter and Betsy Cronkite Fund in care of The Austin Community Foundation. They will distribute the funds as a tribute to their parents’ wishes and values: local and national charities they supported, among them education (including sailing), journalism, basic needs, health care and research, community organizations, planned parenthood and animals.

Personal notes may be sent to the Cronkite Family, c/o St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

CBS News is providing a live three camera switched feed via satellite, which the cable news networks have the option of taking.

Statement from Walter Cronkite’s Family

Following last week’s reports about the health of legendary CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, the Cronkite family sent us the following statement. Chip Cronkite, Walter Cronkite’s son, tells us he and his sisters wanted to set the record straight about their father’s health.

“In order to dispel false rumors, Walter Cronkite’s family wants it known that he has apparently suffered for some years with cerebrovascular disease and he is not expected to recuperate. He is resting comfortably at home with family, friends, and a wonderful medical team. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”

The family also sent the statement to the New York Post’s Linda Stasi, who has a story in today’s paper, as well as to Newsday’s Verne Gay who has been covering the story closely.