Dan Rather: 'The Internet is One of the Great Inventions of Mankind'
June 12th, 2014
01:08 PM ET

Dan Rather: 'The Internet is One of the Great Inventions of Mankind'

Dan Rather, veteran journalist and current anchor and managing editor of "Dan Rather Reports," stopped by "New Day" on Thursday morning to discuss his coverage of JFK's assassination, featured in the CNN's docu-series "The Sixties." We also caught up with the 33-time Emmy Award-winning journalist after the show, and chatted about everything from the state of journalism in a digital age to the final season of "The Newsroom."

Who killed JFK? 

Rather was working for CBS News in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Many conspiracy theories persist about the identity of Kennedy's shooter, yet Rather's takeaway of the day's events was conclusive:

"I think there was one shooter. I think that shooter was Lee Harvey Oswald.”

Is the internet harmful to journalism?   

Rather said despite worries about accountability and transparency of sources on the internet, he believes the medium is "one of the great inventions of mankind."

The veteran newsman compares the web today to the advent of television in the past, saying he remembers a time when print reporters believed television would wreck journalism.

"But I’m an optimist in nature and by experience," Rather shared.  "We will work these things out as time goes along."

"The Newsroom" – Realistic or not? 

"It resonates with me as one who spent my life around the newsroom," Rather said.

Rather, who recapped this past season of the show for media blog Gawker, believes Aaron Sorkin portrays the real way journalists talk to each other and argue over editorial decision-making process.

"I hope they’ll reverse the decision that this is their last season – I hope they’ll reflect mid-season and say, come on, we’ll be back for the fourth."


DID YOU KNOW:  Olivia Munn’s character in The Newsroom is based on Christine Romans?

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Photo of the Day: Lady Liberty
June 12th, 2014
11:00 AM ET

Photo of the Day: Lady Liberty

In today's photo of the day, we see the Statue of Liberty at sunset from CNN iReporter @sincerelymissc.

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June 12th, 2014
10:51 AM ET

Organization Provides Homes for Over 100,000 Homeless

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," we honor an organization that has built over 100,000 homes for people in need. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

100,000 Homes  promised to house that number of homeless Americans in four years and just got it done ahead of schedule.

The group works with communities in virtually every big American city to find their homeless population "permanent supportive housing."

The deadline was next month, but as of today, more than 101,000 people are off the streets. That number includes more than 30,000 veterans.

All of this actually saves money, because it costs a lot less to provide a home than to keep paying for the effects of homelessness.

The group estimates that 1.3 billion taxpayer dollars have been saved so far.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

You can reach out to us on Facebook, tweet @ChrisCuomo or@NewDay, and submit your story on iReport.


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June 12th, 2014
10:46 AM ET

Conan, Colbert Take on Brat's Stance on Immigration

CNN's John King highlights jokes by Conan O' Brien and Stephen Colbert on David Brat's conservative position on  immigration. The Virginia professor beat Rep. Eric Cantor in the GOP primary earlier this week.


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