REM’s song “What’s the Frequency Kenneth?” is about the mugging of Dan Rather. His attacker kept repeating “Kenneth, what’s the frequency?” as he kicked Rather. The case was solved when the attacker stormed NBC studios 11 years later to find out the frequency used to “beam signals to his brain”.
1968 Democratic convention
During live coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Rather attempted to interview a delegate from Georgia who appeared as though he was being forcibly removed by men without identification badges.
As Rather approached the delegate to question the apparent strong-arm tactics of the Chicago political machine under Mayor Daley, he was punched in the stomach by one of the men, knocking him to the ground. “He lifted me right off the floor and put me away. I was down, the breath knocked out of me, as the whole group blew on by me … In the CBS control room, they had switched the camera onto me just as I was slugged.” Walter Cronkite, after being told by Rather what happened, added on-air, “It … Continue Reading (8 minute read)