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Rather: I’m Big On Personal Responsibility

From Mr. Rather’s July 19, 2007 appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” via YouTube:

Dan Rather: “I’m big on personal responsibility.”

But that was then, and this (via his sympathetic colleagues at the Associated Press) is now:

Rather Lawsuit Says He Was ‘Scapegoat’


NEW YORK (AP) — A $70 million lawsuit filed by Dan Rather alleges CBS and its former parent company intentionally botched the aftermath of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service to curry favor with the administration.

CBS spokesman Dana McClintock called Rather’s complaints “old news” and said the lawsuit filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan was “without merit.” Former CBS parent company Viacom Inc. had no comment.

The lawsuit claims Rather was made a “scapegoat” to placate the Bush administration after questions arose about the story, which concerned President Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.

The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months at CBS were clouded by controversy over the story, said the defendants’ actions damaged his reputation and cost him significantly. He was removed from his “CBS Evening News” post in March 2005.

Besides CBS Corp. and Viacom, the lawsuit names CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone and Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News. The suit seeks $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

Rather narrated the September 2004 report that said Bush disobeyed orders and shirked some of his duties during his National Guard service and that a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush’s record.

In his lawsuit, Rather maintains the story was true but says if any aspect of the broadcast was not accurate, he was not responsible for the errors. By forcing Rather to apologize publicly, “CBS intentionally caused the public and the media to attribute CBS’ alleged bungling of the episode to Mr. Rather,” the lawsuit claimed

Mr. Rather is as crazy as Bill Burkett.

Maybe crazier.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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