Video: That time Dan Rather did heroin

posted at 8:41 pm on January 9, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Well, I’ll give him this. It’s more interesting by a damn sight than the thought leaders’ boring parade of pot stories the other day.

It’s a public, but little-known, fact that Dan Rather once did heroin.

In his defense, as he told Andy Cohen last night on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!, it was 1955, he took it in a police station under police supervision, and he wrote about it, and he never did it again. We’re not sure whether that’s super, hard-core journalism right there, or it was an innocent thing that 1950′s journalists thought would make a great story, because we cannot think of anyone who would do that these days. (Can you imagine an NYT story where David Brooks tries methamphetamine for the sake of journalism? Call us morbid, but…that would be funny.)

Rather called his heroin experience “otherworldly,” but stated that it was the “one and only time” he ever did it. “It gave me a hell of a headache,” the 81-year-old chortled, before moving on to other old man reporter subjects, like how much Richard Nixon hated him.

Hey, Dan Rather’s allowed to do heroin. David Gregory’s allowed to have a high-capacity magazine in Washington, D.C. It’s all fun and games as long as you’re simply reporting on the menaces you think society should ban.

Also, can we reflect on the delicious indignity of Rather playing a parlor game— I call it that because I imagine that’s what Dan would call it— with Andy Cohen on Bravo? This is the man who almost brought down George W. Bush with his mythic, magical 1970s typewriter that created documents like 21st-century Microsoft Word! Are we sure it just the one time, Dan? Eh, who needs heroin when you’re chasing the Fake But Accurate dragon?

Rather declares Nixon the president who hated him most, but it’s gotta be a tough competition.


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and he never did it again.

…who says?

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Dan Rather trying his hardest to remain relevant.

Captain Kirock on January 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

It’s a public, but little-known, fact that Dan Rather once did heroin.

Yep! Knew it! 2004!

1955?! No way…

Gingotts on January 9, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Well he does deserve a good smack.

Flange on January 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Dan Rather.

Sam Donaldson was a funny clown.

Dan Rather was always a sad clown.

Murphy9 on January 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

chasing the Fake But Accurate dragon

Well stated.

steebo77 on January 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I guess when he did the drugs, he spent all night trying to beam radio waves into some little kid’s bedroom window. Accompanying police officer Kenneth Stipe said it didn’t seem particularly weird for Rather…

Gingotts on January 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

We’re not sure whether that’s super, hard-core journalism right there, or it was an innocent thing that 1950′s journalists thought would make a great story, because we cannot think of anyone who would do that these days.

The reporting on it part anyway. I feel pretty safe in saying that Dan Rather was not the last journalist to ever have experienced heroin. And we still don’t know if Kenneth every gave up that frequency.

Happy Nomad on January 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Was he sitting at a typewriter at the time?

WryTrvllr on January 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

These “Hey! I did ___________(insert drug of choice), too.” confessions are already growing tedious.

thatsafactjack on January 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

MKH writes:
It’s all fun and games as long as you’re simply reporting on the menaces you think society should ban.

The idea is if you do heroin once, you’re an addict for life. The backstory is, there are drug addicts, and alcoholics, and there’s an element of it being a moral disease. That heroin addicts have somehow permanently mortgaged their life, their worth, their dignity, via drug addiction, like alcoholics with alcohol. Given up something they can never get back.

I take MHK’s comment above (“should ban”) as intended to minimize the danger of drug and alcohol addiction. Is there some other interpretation I’m missing.

Paul-Cincy on January 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Heroin does plenty of things, but headaches are not one of them.

forest on January 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

notropis on January 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Why doesnt Bill O’Reilly care about Dan Rather’s kids? WHY?!

Jeddite on January 9, 2014 at 9:30 PM

chasing the Fake But Accurate dragon

Well stated.

steebo77 on January 9, 2014 at 8:52 PM

The blog beat me to it!

22044 on January 9, 2014 at 9:33 PM

I thought Dan Rather was dead.

Man … what a disappointment.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Still unclear on “do heroin”. Did he shoot, snort, smoke or eat the dope? Was there itching? Vomiting? What does “otherworldly” mean? Kinda makes it sound like a hallucinogen. When did the “headache” kick in?

Oh well, I guess obvious follow-up questions are only for the Enemy.

forest on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

MeanWhile, ………in VerMont:

Vermont, US
2h

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin devotes State of the State address to talk about heroin crisis in his state – @WPTZ
read more on wptz.com
=====================

Gov. Shumlin offers responses to heroin threat
Addiction treatment up 250 percent since 2000
UPDATED 5:47 PM EST Jan 08, 2014
********************************

http://www.wptz.com/page/search/htv-pla/news/vermont-new-york/burlington/gov-shumlin-offers-responses-to-heroin-threat/-/8869880/23834630/-/cdpdpt/-/index.html

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Guns N Roses – Mr Brownstone
************ *************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVYDnQwi3OQ

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

That story is as tight as the rusted lugnuts on a ’55 Ford.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:37 PM

That story is as uncomfortable as a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Rather has about as much business talking about using heroin as a moose in a phone booth.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

One’s reminded of that old saying, ‘Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.’

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

It’s about as complicated as a wiring diagram to some dynamo.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Weird… I thought all these MSM clowns were high all the time…

PointnClick on January 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Rather is going to find that people will hang on him like a coat rack.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Weird… I thought all these MSM clowns were high all the time…

PointnClick on January 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

It would actually explain the Marxist groupthink process at PMSNBC.

Myron Falwell on January 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

If he had said sweat, puke, itch, or fall asleep, I might have believed him.

wolly4321 on January 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Scary how much they (MSM) actaully still thinks that Rather has a reputation that demands recongniztion.

Did Her-ron, Dan? :yawn:

Big deal…tell us about the last time you did a story that was worthwhile and truthful.

:cue lullaby music:

BlaxPac on January 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I think he meant ‘Aspirin.’

WhatSlushfund on January 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

And what’s with the cross-eyed gay dude host?

WhatSlushfund on January 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Dans been high on his horse his entire life.

docflash on January 9, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Still unclear on “do heroin”. Did he shoot, snort, smoke or eat the dope?

It’s Dan rather … obviously it was via suppository.

When did the “headache” kick in?

forest on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Like I said … it was a suppository.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

It all makes sense now.

forest on January 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Guns N Roses – Mr Brownstone

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

He used to lie a little
but a little wouldn’t do it
so he had to lie more and more

He just kept tryin’
to get Bush out of office
but he failed and got shown the door

86 on January 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Pretty pointless stunt – heroin is just the street version of morphine, which hospitals still give to patients every day. Most any of them can tell you what it feels like.

My spouse actually had to go through physical withdrawal after receiving morphine for an extended time, due to spinal fusion surgery that had complications. (she ended up with a permanent titanium rod embedded in there) But, as any anesthesiologist will tell you, physical withdrawal is never pleasant, but really nothing more than an uncomfortable 3 days as long as there’s no psychological addiction driving it.

Tom Servo on January 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I am a addicted personality. Lucky for me, natural opiates make me hurl and I just do not “get” speed.

The Lord God was good to me that way.

Laurence on January 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Heroin kills Layne Staley, but Dan Rather lives through it ?

Someone needs to sit ‘Heroin’ down, and explain to it, that it’s “taking the wrong ones.”

Stupid Heroin.

a5minmajor on January 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

I spent too much time expecting some enlightenment from fools taking psychoactive drugs: the so-called hightened experience cannot, apparently, be described. In reality, they are describing their total loss of critical faculty and normal human brain function. You might as well interview anaesthesia patients about what they learned while they were under.

“otherworldly”? Well, isn’t that interesting and informative?

So is Rather’s reporting.

virgo on January 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

Heroin is not the drug the media or the government tell you it is. It is less harmful to the body than alcohol. It would be wise if people actually studied these things instead of depending on the government and the popular press.

Then ask yourself. What exactly is the US government doing in Afghanistan? What was Ollie North doing to support the Contras? What were the “Kilos” mentioned in his diary?

http://www.ctrl.org/boodleboys/boddlesboys2.html

MSimon on January 10, 2014 at 5:38 AM

physical withdrawal is never pleasant, but really nothing more than an uncomfortable 3 days as long as there’s no psychological addiction driving it.

The psychological addiction is also called severe PTSD. About 70% of female heroin “addicts” were sexually abused in childhood according to Dr. Lonnie Shavelson.

So why are we further abusing abused children? It is the Christian thing to do – no doubt.

MSimon on January 10, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Well if we can get him on using marijuana then we can pull out the Dragnet scenario where marijuana is the match, heroin the fuse and LSD is the bomb.

I got high on life in America.

The bluenosers and nannystaters are trying to take my drug away.

They aren’t going to get it that easily.

If you gotta addict yourself to something, make it something free.

For those looking to rob me for cash to support those more costly addictions, the only precious metal you will get is lead. And the power hungry are the worst addicts of them all.

ajacksonian on January 10, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Hey, Dan Rather’s allowed to do heroin. David Gregory’s allowed to have a high-capacity magazine in Washington, D.C.

And this appointed idiot is allowed to bring a gun into a State Office building:

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Ready-aim-point-talk-5116592.php#photo-5683949

Buttercup on January 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

He picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Ward Cleaver on January 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Oh, and here I thought “Rather did Heroin” was an admission on his part of his doing a female part in some play.

What a difference a missing “e” makes huh?

44Magnum on January 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

notropis on January 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

+1!

Axeman on January 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

He used to lie a little
but a little wouldn’t do it
so he had to lie more and more

He just kept tryin’
to get Bush out of office
but he failed and got shown the door

86 on January 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I think you mispelled mowah and dowah.

Axeman on January 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM