Skip to comments.CBS' SAFER DUMPS ON RATHER
Posted on 06/05/2006 6:13:53 AM PDT by presidio9
DAN Rather made some surprising enemies during his many years as an award-winning reporter and anchorman for CBS News - one of them being his "60 Minutes" colleague Morley Safer, who Rather once suggested should have been shot dead. In "Lone Star," an unauthorized bio of Rather out this September, Alan Weisman writes that Safer "has not been a friend of Rather's for years, since their days in Vietnam." The final straw came when Rather took over for Safer not long after Safer's jolting report about the burning of a Vietnam village by a platoon of U.S. Marines.
"When Rather replaced me . . . he went to a group of Marines and said, 'If I were you guys, I would have shot him.' Or words to that effect," Safer tells Weisman. "And that my report should never have gone on the air." Asked whether Rather had ripped his fellow newsman to cozy up with the troops, Safer bristles, "Who the hell knows why? Have I ever confronted him about it? No. Now we just have a polite relationship."
Rather is also raked over the coals by co-workers for the dubious handling of his report on President George W. Bush's alleged lousy Air National Guard service record. Rather continued to defend the story even after it was found to be based on forged documents. "It's the same thing he did over and over again. You know, 'Don't tell me I'm wrong,' " former CBS News president Ed Joyce told Weisman, who himself was a CBS newswriter and producer.
"In my opinion he was guilty of journalistic malpractice," Joyce says. "To go out on a limb with that sort of thin sourcing and then, when you get caught, go on the 'CBS Evening News' defending it in such an arrogant
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No honor among thieves?
THEN WHY IN HELL DID THEY LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN? THEY SHOULD HAVE FIRED HIM THE FIRST TIME! NEWS IS SUPPOSED TO BE TRUTH NOT FICTION! THEIR CREDIBILITY IS THEIR ONLY PRODUCT!...........
"I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs." Dan Rather
For Sale--one used, male `television journalist', slightly demented, enquire within.
Katie would never do what he did. She would simply say, "Some people say your record with the National Guard......."
I'm betting this is much more about injury to Safer's overblown ego and sense of worth rather than any journalistic incompetence, or God forbid, anti-American bias.
Safer is a talentless hack, like most journalists, a useless sniping commentator from the sidelines. Couple that with condescending leftist elitism and you have the whole disgusting package, of little worth to the people of the United States.
I hope they have a long, injurious slap party, deeply harmful to each's "reputation".
Haha! They're turning on ol' Dan. I'm laughing, for the first time in days.
Hard to argue with that.
"Imagine what he got away with (and the damage he did) before the internet was alive to source his fabrications!"
(Though that was more the doings of liberal icon, Lyin' Walter Cronkite.)
In Peter Braestrup's "Big Story", a classic study of media reporting in Viet Nam, he slams Safer and his report on Cam Ne village in August 5, 1965. The treatment of U.S. military as savages began very early in Viet Nam, and "Safer concluded with a highly personal view of the significance of Cam Ne, relating it to President Johnson's war policies [which he opposed] and to the overall U.S. effort in Viet Nam [which he also opposed]." They may hate each other but in reality, in political philosophy there is not a nickle's worth of difference between Safer and Rather.
There may be new faces doing news, but the anti American bias is still there. As virulent as ever. Trying to lie to another generation of uninformed Americans.
Both RATHER & SAFER misreported the Vietnam War, on behalf of a WALTER CRONKITE who was also on our Communist terrorist North Vietnam's HO CHI MINH's side against us:
The Way it really was:
Imagine that...a liberal hating another liberal, just for doing what liberals do...It's a head shrinks dream come true!
"Most say Katie's a perky airhead". Now we'll have to listen to "its all Bush's fault" with a giggle.
Wasn't it worse than that? IIRC, those "documents" were made up out of whole cloth, totally fabricated.
Now we'll Hear&See BS.