Earlier this month, Dan Rather joined a long list of other notables (Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Steven Colbert, and many more) by doing a Reddit AMA. And Rather took it a step further by answering a few of the questions on camera, in addition to typed responses. Though I suppose that shouldn’t come as a surprise considering his professional experience, including his current television news magazine Dan Rather Reports.
While Rather left CBS Evening News amid controversy surrounding a story in 2005, his 24 years of work on the program and 43 years with the network left a lasting legacy.
Rather posted the video responses to questions from Reddit-ers on his Waywire feed, a video sharing site founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Nathan Richardson (previously at Gilt City) and Sarah Ross (Katalyst Films and TechCrunch).
The trio started the site because they “saw that the internet was full of places where young people could watch funny animal videos or clips from reality shows. But there wasn’t a place to talk about the serious things which affect you as citizens.”
I found Rather’s appearance on Reddit to be an interesting intersection of new and old media, and different social media platforms.
You can see a nice summary of all the video responses on Reddit, but here’s Rather’s response to a question about coverage of violence in the media:
Who has done your favorite AMA on Reddit?