DAN RATHER HAS ACTOR GIVE
Last week Dan Rather interviewed Saddam Hussein on his CBS nightly news program. The voice people heard "translating" Saddam was that of Steve Winfield, an American actor "with a particular flair for foreign accents" (Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2003, p. E1).
Winfield used a phony Arab accent during his "translation" of Saddam. One former TV executive, who asked not to be named, called it "bizarre" (ibid., p. E15).
Richard Wald, a professor at Columbia School of Journalism, said:
"It would have been better if they [CBS] had simply told the viewers. It's nicer to be straight with the audience" (ibid.).
But, on the other hand, Dan Rather hasn't really been straight with the audience for a long time. That's one reason so many people are turning to Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh.