Monday, November 26, 2007

Dan Rather’s Last Big Story Is Himself

Dan Rather’s Last Big Story Is Himself
By Joe Hagan

If he weren’t famous, he’d be mistaken for a veteran of a long-ago war: khaki safari shirt on his back, scuffed combat boots on his feet, that wiry crest of a brow, rheumy eyes under heavy lids, lower lip jutting out like an ornery fish resisting a hook.

When Dan Rather sits on a bench in Central Park to tell how his 44-year career at CBS News ended in ignominy and humiliation, he is in fact still waging a war, a bitter and personal one. And the memories of the battles that undid him are still fresh on his mind. “Monday morning, about 8:49—and I think that is the time precisely,” he says.

He’s recalling January 10, 2005, when he first received the 224-page report commissioned by CBS that excoriated his infamous 60 Minutes Wednesday segment on President Bush’s National Guard service. Of that report, Rather says, “When I read through it, all I could say to myself, on each page, is, ‘What bullshit. What pure, unadulterated bullshit this whole thing is. What a setup. What a fix.’ ” He nearly spits the word fix.

Three years later, Rather cannot forget. He’s suing CBS and its former parent company Viacom—along with Viacom’s chairman, Sumner Redstone; CBS chief Leslie Moonves; and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward—for $70 million. The core of Rather’s lawsuit is a mundane contract dispute over whether he received the airtime he was promised in his final year on CBS. But like Rather himself, it’s charged with hurricane-force drama, draped in a larger tale of conspiracy and corruption.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny boy can go to hell! Honestly I am so sick to death of these "dishonesty merchants" with their million megawatt TV transmitters.
It was refreshing that he didn't get away with the particular fraud that he helped perpetrate against the President. If lefties were actually capable of feeling SHAME, Dan Rather would have quietly retired to a cabin in North Dakota. I hear Tom Daschle has some property up there.


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Blogger VerityINK said...

I know--his ego knows no bounds. He can group up with J 'Effen' K and they can both go down a rathole together!

7:48 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Dan Rather is just making himself look even more pathetic. He just can't believe that anyone would lie about the President and therefore the documents have to be real.

This from someone who's spent President Bush's Presidency lying about him and his Administration. Why is it so hard for Danny Boy to believe HE was lied to?

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