Alongside revealing his own favorite snack (and kind of busting his debate bias), Dan Rather is asking his Twitter followers to help solve a century-old snacking debate.
Tired of politics? So is Dan Rather. The legendary journalist and anchor is moving into far more pressing topics of late. First up? “Pretzels or Chips.”
You read that right. America is deep into the throws of Sunday Night Football, reeling from huge wins and losses across the board. In celebration of this, Rather’s wasting no time in cutting to the deeper issues this evening.
“Look, let’s find non-political opportunities where we can agree to disagree,” he begins on Twitter. “In honor of the NFL playoffs and favorite sofa snacks, I’m going to throw it out there: Pretzels or Chips? (Or my favorite, Fritos?)”
Well – where do you stand? Dan Rather has made it rather (you’re welcome) clear that he’s a chip guy. Right off the bat, he lets us know his favorite is Fritos – the famous chip brand.
Former U.S. Senator Richard N. Ojeda, II is backing Dan, too. “Anyone I follow says pretzels, I’m unfollowing them,” Ojeda jests in turn.
Iconic Fonzie actor Henry Winkler is also all-in for Fritos. “Fritos!!! Mine too,” he replies from his official Twitter account.
At this point, it looks like the debate has become Fritos vs All Other Snacks. Scrolling down further into the mess of replies reveals a plethora of Fritos fans, a handful for other chips like Doritos, and a whole bunch of silence when it comes to pretzels.
Dan Rather, 89, Has Earned The Right to Levity
At 89-years-of-age, Dan Rather has put in his time for the American people.
He began his career in Texas as a local news anchor. It was there that a report of his saved thousands of lives from the wrath of Hurricane Carla in September of 1961. This was no small feat by any facet of the imagination, either.
By overlaying a transparent map with a radar image of Hurricane Carla, Rather created the first radar weather report on the fly. In doing so, he sparked the successful evacuation of 350,000 people in Carla’s path. And this was all during his first national broadcast.
Ever since, Rather has been a household name. 1981 saw his promotion to head news anchor for the CBS Evening News. Here, he became one of the iconic “Big Three” nightly news anchors for the U.S. Dan Rather would occupy this role all the way through the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.
His career came to an abrupt end in 2006, however, when CBS fired him a year after his 2005 Killian documents controversy, in which he attempted to expose then U.S. President George W. Bush’s “fraudulent military service.”
Ups and downs aside, it’s clear Dan Rather is now content to live out his retirement in levity.