Context, perspective, and yes, even a little “shade.”
Every Friday, I take a look back at the week that was, mostly as seen through my Twitter feed:
As last week ended, I couldn’t help but think, boy, how time flies. Just when I thought the month of June was racing by, I had a shocking reminder —the years are speeding by even faster. Friday marked 13 years of life for Eva Kirschner. You’ll have to excuse the old man getting sentimental but it is a joy to see young people like Eva grow up. (Although at this age and stage, nearly everyone I meet is a younger person!) Take a look at her handiwork as a junior reporter in the link below. Who knows what direction or shape her future will take, but I am confident she will go on to do great things. Happy birthday, Eva.
Sending a big happy 13th birthday to Eva, daughter of my longtime friend and co-author Elliot Kirschner. I was there for her first birthday party in Central Park and she interviewed me when WHAT UNITES US came out. Time flies. Godspeed Eva. https://t.co/jGHeB5ku8u— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 5, 2021
As cliche as it may sound (and to borrow from a song lyric), I believe children are the future. They deserve all the guidance, wisdom, and protection that we are able to give to them. That is why it is so tragic when we fail that duty. Gun violence is a scourge on our society and affects people of any age, but it is particularly heartbreaking for its prevalence in schools. How are we to solve the problem of gun violence if we misunderstand the tools that allow for the bloodshed? On Saturday I shared the news that U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California had overturned California’s assault weapon ban and compared the AR-15 rifle to a Swiss Army Knife. A bad faith hyperbole with deadly consequences. Like, using a grenade to mow your lawn.
“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.” This is how a federal judge rationalized overturning California[’s assault weapon ban. Please... let this sink in...— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 6, 2021
On Sunday, there was a lot of talk on Twitter about the performance of a certain speaker back on the stump. Much of the commentary concerned less of what the former occupant of the White House said (the usual diet of lies, self-aggrandizement, and false victimhood) and more about what he wore. It’s no hyperbole to say that he was dressed sloppily. For someone who spends so much time playing golf, you’d think Trump would know about irons.
When Trump railed against the “press” as the enemy of the people, maybe he really meant pressing his suits?— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 6, 2021
I could not let Monday pass without acknowledging Prince’s birthday (what would have been his 63rd year.) This was a tweet that surprised many of you. I received a flood of comments that were shocked I’m familiar with The Purple One. At my age, it’s hard to stay hip but give the old anchorman a little credit… even I know the incredible influence that Prince had on music.
Here’s an excerpt from a special edition of The Big Interview, where we honored the lives and legacies of some of the most notable music icons.
But, musicians are not the only icons who have left an indelible mark on pop culture. A video clip on Tuesday reminded me of The Muppets and their distinct brand of humor. This exchange between Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear was too funny to skip and I had to share it with all of you.
Hilarity ensues. Watch this and see life through a different perspective. https://t.co/RMZErQgMJo— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 8, 2021
From the Muppets, I turned my attention to another cast of characters. These ones, however, are a lot less lovable —the Republicans promoting the Big Lie. It’s fair to say they are doing serious damage to our democracy. And what’s worse is that they are finding support in various enablers. Powerful influencers, like Corporate America, will have to take a sharp look at who and what they are tacitly, or explicitly, endorsing (with their actions and funds). Under the question of who is the greater fool: the fool or the fools who followed him, I’d wise up and choose to be neither.
Dear Corporate America, do you want to operate in a democracy with the rule of law, where science and the voices of the future are heeded? Or an autocracy fueled by grievance & small-mindedness, ruled by those who represent a shrinking part of the nation? Sort of time to decide.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 8, 2021
On Wednesday I was eager for a little uplift. For all that is wrong in this country, there is also a lot that is right. And that often starts with the inspiring young people who will lead us into the future. One of those will undoubtedly be Verda Tetteh who showed grace and generosity through a remarkable gesture. Many of those who claim to be leaders of our country could learn a lot from this young woman.
A needed reminder that America is also a nation of immigrants, diversity, achievement, and selflessness... https://t.co/gipRcNDmWa— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 9, 2021
The narratives that we get about modern events are often subjected to the biases and lies that plague our public discourse. On Thursday I was eager to share a report from Harvard University about the truths surrounding the social justice protests that burst forth after the murder of George Floyd. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t exactly how Fox News framed it.
A reality check.https://t.co/s1pOQoQ5fS— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 10, 2021
Finally this week, I wanted to share one tweet from earlier in the week just because it is, well, awesome. I leave you with elephants taking a nap, all except for a little baby who seemed eager to explore.
I can relate. Nothing beats a good nap. Even for us non pachyderms. https://t.co/djuCnDoSvO— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 9, 2021
Well that’s a walk through some of the week as I saw it. See you here again next Friday. Have a great weekend.