Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Gunga Dan* gets the boot from CBS News
CBS News Says Dan Rather Leaving

By DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dan Rather, the hard-charging anchorman who dominated CBS News for more than two decades but whose final months were clouded by a discredited story on the president's military service, is leaving CBS after 44 years, the network announced Tuesday.

The 74-year-old Rather has complained of being virtually forgotten at CBS Corp. since his exit as anchor last year, six months after the story on President Bush's military service aired. He has said he is considering an offer to do a weekly show at the HDNet high-definition network…

Rather apparently hadn't even seen the report questioning Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service before introducing it on the air in September 2004. When CBS News couldn't substantiate the story following questions about its sources, Rather became a symbol of the incident even as he escaped official blame… [Ed. – I wonder how many times Rather and Bauder tried ‘the dog ate my homework’ lie while in school]

I beg to differ with Mr. Bauder. Rather may not have "seen" the video compilation prior to its airing but he had intimate knowledge of the report’s contents well ahead of time (pdf of the report from CBS' internal investigation is here)

Other of my posts about Rather and ‘Memogate’ are here, here, and here.

* - ratherbiased.com

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