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Dan Rather at War

March 23, 1991

Concerning "TV and the Gulf War; Who Won, Who Lost in Media Coverage of Conflict," A Section, March 1): I do not understand how Howard Rosenberg could call Dan Rather a loser because his voice cracked and he shed a few tears when reporting on our troops entering the ground war. Many of us did the same.

I recall the late Clete Roberts reporting on President Kennedy's assassination with a cracked voice and tears; also, when Jess Marlow reported the accident that killed Gary Powers (the onetime U-2 pilot), his voice cracked.

It's nice to know that these outstanding newsmen, who have to report tragedy after tragedy, have not become so calloused as to not care about sad incidents.

DOROTHY BISSELL

Pacific Palisades

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