Dan Rather bites the hand that fed him
Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and his former bosses Wednesday, claiming they made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.
The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the story, said the actions of the defendants damaged his reputation and cost him significant financial loss.
The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, claims the network intentionally botched the aftermath of the story about Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard and had Rather take the fall to “pacify” the White House. He was removed from his job at CBS Evening News” in March 2005.
As I pointed out a long time ago, Rather’s final months were just the icing on the cake. As far as the Texas Air Guard story went, he had plenty of notice real quick that the story was flawed, but chose to run it anyway, then blamed the blogosphere for attacking it. As he noted at the time, HE was in charge of the news content that came out of CBS. HE was in charge. That is well documented all over the place. To then come back and claim he was not supported and protected by the people HE claims he was in charge of is just as loony as his run-in with the frequency guy.
My bet is this goes nowhere. Dan just needs to retire or sit in on The View.
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