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Reflections on the retirement of two news veterans.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
December 3, 2004

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Anchors Aweigh _Greg Asimakoupoulos-Reflections on the Retirement of Two News Veterans With Brokaw and Rather
soon saying goodbye,
the peacock and eyeball
are starting to cry.

The news we watch nightly
won't seem quite the same
as network execs play
the replacement game.

These two veteran anchors
have both left their mark.
While one's tail was wagging,
the other would bark.

Dan Rather would rather
have worked until May,
but slandering W meant
he's H to pay.

More cranky that Cronkite,
this Texan was tough.
At times he was cocky,
uncaring and gruff.

Some think Dan’s quite liberal.
Well, duh... That's not news.
His bias is blatant.
Consider his views.

Tom Brokaw was better
as anchormen go.
We warmed to his style
on the old Today Show.

Most all of the time
we could tell what he meant
in spite of his signature
impediment.

Tom honored our fathers
who won the Big War.
He helped us remember
their courage and more.

He called them The Greatest
for their sacrifice.
We needed his nudging
to pay honor's price.

And though it will be hard
to see both men gone,
I’d rather see Rather retire,
not Tom.

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Just Curious from Somewhere in Time writes:
December 3, 2004
Clearly, Dan Rather is not the ONLY one who likes to show a bias!

Just Me from East Coast writes:
December 6, 2004
Dear Just Curious,

Bias on the part of Mr. Asimakoupoulos as a columnist for this opinion journal is certainly appropriate, whereas bias while anchoring or reporting the news is not. Wouldn't you agree?

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