Dan Rather spoke on journalistic integrity this week at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX and let the audience know his thoughts on such subjects as reporters getting in bed with sources and becoming shills of the very people they are supposed to be reporting on. Now, using quotes from his speech, let's play a game of one of these things is not like the other. Can you pick the quote that made us do a double-take?
A. "In recent years, the nexus between powerful journalists and people of corporate power has become far too close."
B. "What we need in journalism is a spine transplant."
C. "A great deal of the time, a source is using the reporter, and vice versa. As soon as the source begins to feel the reporter can be pulled in and be part of the team, he's gone too far."
D. "Listen, you've been a terrific audience, and if you'll indulge me, I'd like to tick off a few of my notes. First, a plug for HDTV, for whom I'm working now."
Seriously, Dan? Seriously?