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Rather: U.S. Needs Int’l Reporting

August 26, 2002

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RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Nearly a year after Sept. 11, CBS anchor Dan Rather said he’s afraid one aspect of American life is returning to normal _ a lack of emphasis on international reporting.

``The public has lost interest,″ Rather told TV Guide for its Aug. 31 issue. ``They’d much rather hear about the Robert Blake murder case or what is happening on Wall Street. A feeling is creeping back in that if you lead foreign, you die.″

Rather said there is more foreign coverage than there was before the attacks, but he fears the amount of it is slipping. He said journalists shoulder some of the blame for not reporting enough on past foreign developments such as the rise of terrorism and al-Qaida.

Rather said journalists shouldn’t pass on international news because they think Americans aren’t interested.

``Sometimes they are not because we don’t do it in a way that they are interested,″ he said.

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