Skip to comments.Dan Rather Fired By CBS (Read Details - That's The Bottom Line)
Posted on 05/20/2006 4:28:15 PM PDT by MindBender26
This just in from source at Black Rock:
He/She is at pre-season party in The Hamptons. Other CBSers (The Suits) are there as well.
The Suits confirmed:
Ran Rather's contract at CBS expires in August. He has not been offered ANY type of renewal. There may be some tiny dollar (the exact fee never to be disclosed) face-saving deal but that's it, Dan is out.
This comes after he "resigned" from CBS Evening News position last year in an attempt to stop the bloodletting of advertisers at CBS. As we all know, the primary cause was not so much Rather's broadcasting the original phony Bush "Recordsgate" story but Rather's insistence, way beyond anything or any time that was reasonable, that the story was valid.
From the moment FR's pajamahadeen pointed out the many irrefutable technical flaws in the supposed documents, it was dead meat as a journalistic piece. Rather slew himself by sticking with what was obviously a phony story designed to attack the President and help Kerry.
In addition, Rather's acceptance of a $20,000 fee to speak to Texas Democrats was another quiet nail in his CBS coffin. In journalism circles, that is a huge no-no. Some stations forbid their employees to even contribute to campaigns and fire offenders In this case, Rather was taking $ from the Texas Dems!
After Evening News, Rather was to contribute to "60 Minutes II" on Wednesdays but that show had ratings lower than the radio calls of the Roto-Rooter truck dispatcher.
How significant is this? 25 years after he left the anchor chair, Walter Cronkite is still on some income at CBS.
Rather is out on his ear.
There will be much more on this in MSM (including some severe spinning) in weeks to come, but FR had it first!
Interesting. If this really happens, it's definitely the right outcome after the fake documents scandal of 2004.
FR Pajamahadeen strikes!
That frees him up to go to CNN.
Courage, Dan, Courage!
Forever remembered by:
Fake but accurate.
Trust me. I used to go to these parties.
When the Suits speak, careers die.
" Rather's acceptance of a $20,000 fee to speak to Texas Democrats was another quiet nail in his CBS coffin..."
More good news.
You don't know how much I LOVED reading your post about Dan Blather. It gave me the warm fuzzies.
Free Republic is Da Place!
I sure do hope this isn't a signal for Fox News to add him to the roster!
As i recall, Dan's daughter is a big whig in Texas Democratic politics.
Almost too little too late--he should have been fired on the spot a few times. Nevertheless, this is what he deserves.
Thanks for the good news Mindbender, it's very good news!
The answer is simple....
Cronkite accomplished his mission -- abandoning Vietnam.
Rather failed in his mission - Defeating Bush, buy any means necessary.
A POX on both their asses.
What Hitler's bombers couldn't do to Edward R. Murrow, Freepers did to Dan Rather.
Ah, that is sadder than a pig whose sty is cleaned up by a billy goat.
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