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Dan Rather mulling CBS lawsuit
Reuters ^ | 7/13/06 | Paul J. Gough

Posted on 07/13/2006 6:17:19 PM PDT by LdSentinal

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather says he has considered filing a lawsuit against the network where he had worked for 44 years.

Appearing Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live," Rather paused after a question from King and then said he wouldn't talk about whether he would file a lawsuit against CBS. But he acknowledged, "I can't say that I've never thought about it."

It wasn't clear from the interview what Rather considered to be possible grounds for a lawsuit.

A CBS spokesman commented late Wednesday after the interview, saying, "CBS believes that it has dealt with Dan's departure in a completely fair, equitable and honest way, and we wish him nothing but the best." CBS declined further comment.

Rather said that he brought up several times while at CBS that, after his departure from the anchor desk and assignment as a "60 Minutes" correspondent, the network wasn't living up to its end of his contract. CBS has said that with the many "60 Minutes" correspondents, there weren't enough assignments for him.

Rather said that he had never been told what led to his departure from CBS. He said he wasn't sure whether it was related to the aftermath of the "60 Minutes Wednesday" story on President Bush's military career that relied in part on unsubstantiated documents.

"They handled it in a curious way," Rather told King about the circumstances surrounding his departure. "I wish I knew the whole story, I wish I had an opportunity to say, 'Hey, what's happening? It's Dan, you know me."'

He also said that he had never heard from the head of the corporation or the head of the news division. Rather didn't mention in Wednesday's interview that the day after CBS announced he had left the network, he went to lunch with CBS News president Sean McManus. McManus is said to have explained to Rather that it was McManus's decision and that there wasn't enough work on "60 Minutes" to suit Rather.

Rather wouldn't directly answer former colleague Mike Wallace, who questioned his behavior after the "Memogate" scandal that led to the firing of producer Mary Mapes and the forced resignation of four other CBS employees. Wallace and others, including several in the CBS old guard, said Rather should have resigned.

"They have to answer for themselves for the times in the past when things might not have gone right," Rather said.

As for the September 2004 "60 Minutes Wednesday" report on President Bush, Rather said that CBS had been the victim of forces that wanted to attack the weakest part of the story.

"Do I believe the truth of the story? Absolutely," Rather said.


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KEYWORDS: bias; buckhead; cbs; cbsnews; danrather; douchebag; hdnet; lawsuit; liberal; loser; memos; rather; rathergate; redonred
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1 posted on 07/13/2006 6:17:20 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

Dibs on the popcorn concession.


2 posted on 07/13/2006 6:18:20 PM PDT by dighton
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To: LdSentinal
"CBS believes that it has dealt with Dan's departure in a completely fair, equitable and honest way, and we wish him nothing but the best."

Good Lord, they handled it in a more than fair way. If I had been in charge, they'd have hauled his @$$ out in handcuffs.

Say, who's got a copy of that GREAT picture of Howard Dean where the Capitol police are hauling him away screaming and fighting? I know it's Photoshopped, but it would be so much fun to have one of those of Rather.

3 posted on 07/13/2006 6:20:04 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Why isn't there an "NRA" for the rest of my rights?)
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To: Howlin

Ping to more Rather madness and yet another lawsuit.


4 posted on 07/13/2006 6:20:12 PM PDT by Peach (Prayers for our dear friends in Israel.)
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To: Peach; Howlin

Court TV is going to get a lot more advertising money next year!


5 posted on 07/13/2006 6:22:17 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: LdSentinal
wow. they really outdo themselves, these leftists.

A friend once told me, "the liberal media always eats its dead."

Now he'll have to add, "and vice versa."

6 posted on 07/13/2006 6:22:39 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Rock on, my beautiful America!)
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To: LdSentinal

Rather suing cBS would be hard to improve on.


7 posted on 07/13/2006 6:23:07 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: Miss Marple

hehehe

I do believe you're right.


8 posted on 07/13/2006 6:23:10 PM PDT by Peach (Prayers for our dear friends in Israel.)
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To: LdSentinal

Yep, that vast ol' right wing conspiracy was out to get Danny boy and his making CBS look bad, dishonest, etc. had nothing to do with it. Danny was a victim, pure and simple and clearly, it was Bush and Rove's fault. He should sue CBS until they realize the mistake they made.


9 posted on 07/13/2006 6:24:26 PM PDT by GBA
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To: LdSentinal
That would be so cool a thing to see on the tee vee.

As long as they don't interrupt the NFL Patriots Games.
10 posted on 07/13/2006 6:24:32 PM PDT by Radix (This vacation is almost over.)
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To: LdSentinal

I'm sure that he really wanted to sue The Free Republic, but, he knew that he had zero chance against the real truth that brought him down.


11 posted on 07/13/2006 6:25:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: LdSentinal

In other news, Julius "Dr. J" Erving has announced that he is suing the Philadelphia 76ers because he's not on their 2006 payroll.


12 posted on 07/13/2006 6:25:27 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

'He said he wasn't sure whether it was related to the aftermath of the "60 Minutes Wednesday" story on President Bush's military career that relied in part on unsubstantiated documents.'

What's the frequency Kenneth ?


13 posted on 07/13/2006 6:25:45 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: LdSentinal

From the movie "Who Cares?"


14 posted on 07/13/2006 6:26:44 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Islam claims to have invented the zero; True or not, it's been downhill ever since.)
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To: LdSentinal

CBS would have an extremely strong countersuit against Rather for causing damages to their news organization.


15 posted on 07/13/2006 6:27:08 PM PDT by TommyDale (Stop the Nifongery!)
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To: LdSentinal
"Do I believe the truth of the story? Absolutely," Rather said.

Good lord. Rather, Wilson and Plame... losers that continue digging a hole.

 

16 posted on 07/13/2006 6:27:15 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: LdSentinal
"that wanted to attack the weakest part of the story."

Dan, if there is a next time...... go with the fake hand written documents. They are much harder to disprove in 3 minutes!.
17 posted on 07/13/2006 6:27:34 PM PDT by ExSafecracker (Outlaw islam, worldwide!!!)
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To: LdSentinal
Hey Dan, as Gary Gilmore said:

"Let's do it!"

18 posted on 07/13/2006 6:28:03 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: LdSentinal
Hey Dan, as Gary Gilmore said:

"Let's do it!"

19 posted on 07/13/2006 6:28:14 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: LdSentinal

Rather will win BIG. He literally knows where the bodies are buried.


20 posted on 07/13/2006 6:28:27 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: Howlin

Liberals sure do love law suits *L*


21 posted on 07/13/2006 6:30:08 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePb6H-j51xE&search=Democrats)
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To: LdSentinal
To Rather and Plame: bring it on. I have no doubt who will lose in these fights.
22 posted on 07/13/2006 6:30:20 PM PDT by DejaJude (Admiral Clark said, "Our mantra today is life, liberty and the pursuit of those who threaten it!")
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To: LdSentinal

44 years working at CBS and now he thinks he was treated unfairly?


23 posted on 07/13/2006 6:31:10 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: LdSentinal

Evidently, lawsuits are America's 'Favorite Pastime" and not baseball. Guess he's in "good company" with Valerie though.


24 posted on 07/13/2006 6:31:31 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: LdSentinal
All part of the delusion that he has wrapped himself in. Yes, CBS may not have "lived up to their end" of the contract, but Rather wasn't exactly truthful in his conduct. I suspect he decided not to pursue this due to the inevitable discovery process and cross examination that would occur. :)
25 posted on 07/13/2006 6:31:38 PM PDT by Pox (If it's a Coward you are searching for, you need look no further than the Democrats.)
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To: dead

That's "Eeeeerrrrrvvvviiiinnggg" to you mister. LOL


26 posted on 07/13/2006 6:31:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (What you know about that?)
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To: Peach; Howlin; Miss Marple
Lawyers are going to be VERY busy this summer and all of the idiots doing the suing, are going to lose. LOL
27 posted on 07/13/2006 6:32:45 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Mo1

As we all watch World War III kick into high gear, it's really nice to have comedic stories like this (and the Plame fiasco) to give us a chuckle.

Is Gunga Dan going to represent himself in the case?

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?? WHAT is the frequency?"
"Take your hands off me, sir!!!"


28 posted on 07/13/2006 6:33:33 PM PDT by DaBadGuy ("Do you know who invented dynamite? No? You know why? Because he blew his frigging FACE off!!!!!")
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To: LdSentinal

Sue, Dan, sue. You could make a bundle and put CBS to shame. [not]


29 posted on 07/13/2006 6:33:34 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: LdSentinal

Sue, Dan, sue. You could make a bundle and put CBS to shame. [not]


30 posted on 07/13/2006 6:33:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Put CBS to shame? Too late.


31 posted on 07/13/2006 6:34:13 PM PDT by DaBadGuy ("Do you know who invented dynamite? No? You know why? Because he blew his frigging FACE off!!!!!")
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To: FormerACLUmember
Rather will win BIG. He literally knows where the bodies are buried.

The only problem is they are all buried in Rather's basement.

32 posted on 07/13/2006 6:34:39 PM PDT by Common Tator
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To: Cicero

Put CBS to shame? Too late.


33 posted on 07/13/2006 6:34:43 PM PDT by DaBadGuy ("Do you know who invented dynamite? No? You know why? Because he blew his frigging FACE off!!!!!")
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To: LdSentinal

Dan! Please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please sue.


34 posted on 07/13/2006 6:35:16 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: shrinkermd
44 years working at CBS and now he thinks he was treated unfairly?

"Star" mentality.

A legend in his own mind.

35 posted on 07/13/2006 6:35:47 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Lancey Howard

(All work and no play makes Lancey a dull boy.)


36 posted on 07/13/2006 6:35:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Common Tator

hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe


37 posted on 07/13/2006 6:36:56 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: LdSentinal

Go ahead. Destroy each other. WGAF?


38 posted on 07/13/2006 6:37:18 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: FormerACLUmember
Rather will win BIG. He literally knows where the bodies are buried.

Dan's information is accurate but fake.

39 posted on 07/13/2006 6:37:48 PM PDT by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: Westlander
What's the frequency Kenneth ?

13 posts. We're losing our touch...

;^)

5.56mm

40 posted on 07/13/2006 6:38:19 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: GBA

Yes, if he does it right, he could still wind up in Federal prison. Wishful thinking.


41 posted on 07/13/2006 6:38:46 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: LdSentinal
The infamous fake but real memo with my Microsoft Word document overlaid.


42 posted on 07/13/2006 6:42:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: LdSentinal
' . . .unsubstantiated documents. . . '

Try again: blatantly fake documents.

43 posted on 07/13/2006 6:43:16 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: M Kehoe

Dan Rather, renowned for his unusual expressions and sayings, has led a colorful life. However, one bizarre event really takes the cake.

One night in October 1986, Rather was walking down a Manhattan street when he was punched from behind and thrown to the ground. His assailant kicked and beat him while repeating, "Kenneth, what is the frequency?"

No one could explain the event, and the rumors flew fast and wide. Some speculated the assailant was a KGB agent, while others claimed the attack was the work of a jealous husband. Rather himself couldn't shed any light on the subject.


44 posted on 07/13/2006 6:43:28 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: LdSentinal

age discrimination.


45 posted on 07/13/2006 6:44:15 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: LdSentinal; Buckhead
Rather said that he had never been told what led to his departure from CBS.

It was Buckhead and Free Republic!

Long live the NEW media!

46 posted on 07/13/2006 6:44:25 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (((172 * 3.141592653589793238462) / 180) * 10 = 30.0196631)
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To: LdSentinal

Go for it Dan. Courage!


47 posted on 07/13/2006 6:45:21 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: LdSentinal
CBS owes Dan Rather.
48 posted on 07/13/2006 6:45:37 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: LdSentinal
What should have happened:

Transmission from an Alternate Universe

49 posted on 07/13/2006 6:47:55 PM PDT by Joe Bonforte
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To: Peach; Howlin

Dan - have you thought about suing me?


50 posted on 07/13/2006 6:48:32 PM PDT by Buckhead
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