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Dan Rather goes and good riddance . . . (Dan's own personal Watergate)
Headbutters Forum ^ | June 20 2006 | Campaigner

Posted on 06/21/2006 10:32:58 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

But let's have a show of hands: How many knew he was still there?

It is a classic case of karma. For years he held a power that Presidents couldn't match. He could go home after the interview and edit remarks, leak themes, and shape expectations so thoroughly that viewers would see what they were told they would see -- and only that. He could raise questions, balance or imbalance carefully weighted views, cast doubts, editorialize while claiming merely to report, meet politicians personally, get to know them, carry grudges, foist off partisan schemes as if they were news, critique the motives of his critics, and defend bad journalism with the ever-bigger lie till nobody could remember what had really started the whole mess.

He thought he still had the power of Uncle Walter and St. Edward R to get away with murder. He went on the air with a half-baked story as close to an election as he could manage it.

He swore the whole thing was both good jounalism and true.

It was neither

He swore he had independent verification from credentialed experts.

He had none of that.

He delivered his scoop.

And before he got off the air, the bloggers had him by his cyber nuts.

And they didn't let go.

He wanted one last watergate before he left..

He got it.

But this time it was on him.

And he lived to feel the coils of smugness tighten around his rib cage in a death-lock while his expriring breath hissed the old judgmental mantra: "The cover-up is worse than the crime."

And now at the end of his career someone did that to him.

TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: bitter; buckheadstrophy; canned; cbs; cbsnews; danrather; disgraced; loser; ratherbiased; sacked; seebe; tang

1 posted on 06/21/2006 10:33:03 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Fake but accurate. That will be Dan's legacy. What a loser. Good bye and good riddance to bad rubbish.
2 posted on 06/21/2006 11:10:39 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Everyone should have a subject they are ignorant about. I choose professional corporate sports.)
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To: Chi-townChief
It is not something of which I am proud, but I have come to truly loathe this man, Dan Rather, and all he stands for. All I will say about him now is that I'm certain Will Rogers never met Dan Rather, and is more than happy he didn't. Good riddance to journalistic trash!
3 posted on 06/21/2006 11:54:43 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Chi-townChief
He wanted to be as successful as Clinton.

He didn't quite make it. Clinton, although impeached, was never tossed out.

It would appear that CBS execs have bigger stones than Repubs in the Senate.

4 posted on 06/21/2006 11:58:34 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: N. Theknow

The local Brownies troop has more of those than the Senate Republicans.

5 posted on 06/22/2006 7:10:01 AM PDT by sine_nomine (Marvel at the Senate's No Mexican Left Behind Bill (wit cloned from M. Steyn))
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