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Rather Ridiculous
The Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2007 | Charles Lane

Posted on 09/24/2007 4:01:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

I have obtained new documentary evidence regarding Dan Rather's relationship with his former bosses at CBS News.

Obviously, I cannot identify my source. But he told me during a collect call from Sofia, Bulgaria, that he has access to Rather's "personal files" and that his typewriter was built after 1966. To authenticate the document, I showed it to some of my kids' friends, and they said it was awesome.

Here, then, the letter -- written by Dan Rather and dated Nov. 31, 2006:

"Dear CBS News:

"My new career at HDNet is keeping me busier than a bordello at Mardis Gras.

"But I did want to take a moment to thank you for your kindness and consideration during my 44 years as the finest broadcast journalist any network ever had.

"Let's face it. At times I did or said things that some people, most of them partisan political operatives, considered unbecoming, ridiculous or even 'firing offenses.'

"In 1987, I walked off the set of the evening news, leaving you to fill several minutes of dead air, because you delayed the news to finish coverage of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. That came back to haunt us the next year, when then-Vice President George H.W. Bush mocked me about it. But you stood by me.

"In 2001, I accidentally gave a speech at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Austin. Later, I realized that some powerful and extremely well-financed forces think that journalists shouldn't help political parties raise money. For a minute there, the issue got hotter than a hamburger on a hickory fire. You guys put out a statement calling it an 'honest oversight,' and we rode it out together. Thanks.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: buckhead; cbsnews; danrather; democrats; dinosaurmedia; election2004; fakebutaccurate; freerepublic; georgebush; journalism; kinkos; lawsuit; liberalbias; marymapes; media; mediabias; memogate; msm; ratherbiased; ratherversuscbs; seebs; slantednews; txairnationalguard; yellowjournalism
Too funny!
1 posted on 09/24/2007 4:01:55 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...I accidentally gave a speech at a Democratic Party fundraiser...

Priceless!

2 posted on 09/24/2007 4:08:08 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When the Washinton Post finally admits Dan is a lying windbag, you know the jig is up, and he’s deader than a bunny in an avalanche.


3 posted on 09/24/2007 4:10:50 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s hope rather bias doesn’t change his mind. Stay on your mission Dan, courage and GET THAT FREQUENCY KENNETH!


4 posted on 09/24/2007 4:12:10 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Union work: comparable value for twice the price.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Finally, no one in his right mind..."

Well, there's your problem right there!
Fun read!
5 posted on 09/24/2007 4:24:42 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: kittymyrib
When the Washington Post finally admits Dan is a lying windbag, you know the jig is up, and he’s deader than a bunny in an avalanche.

That's right, especially when the Post identifies the article's author as "a member of the editorial page staff."

6 posted on 09/24/2007 4:44:00 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lord, but Danny boy has some nerve. I watched a FNC program this weekend, and they debated whether Rather would win his court case. The amount is ridiculous, and someone said the case will be settled out of court for a smaller amount.


7 posted on 09/24/2007 4:49:27 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Midnight Hallway Hockey scores: Cats 3-Humans 0)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can’t help but notice that the (Com)Post isn’t allowing readers to post comments on that one.

Good idea since most of their mindless, Leftist readers would be posting pro-Rather/anti-Bush rants by the score.


8 posted on 09/24/2007 4:58:12 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Journalistic Fraud at its best! The thing that struck me about CBS’s latest fraud was the subject matter. Here we had a President who had already served 4 years in the White House and yet the media propagandists decided that the electorate wanted to hear about a possibly missed National Guard physical which had happened 40 plus years earlier. I can imagine the following multiple choice question being given to the latest crop of propagandists matriculating from “journalism” schools:

During the presidential election between challenger, John Kerry, (who served in Vietnam) and President George W. Bush, which of the following would be most important to report on:

A. The record of each candidate as it pertains to all the important issues of the day such as taxes, social security, the military, the deficit, the war on terror, health, energy, etc.

B. The fact that Kerry was an admitted war criminal in Vietnam.

C. The fact that when George Bush was in the National Guard 40 years earlier he may have missed a mandatory physical.

The correct answer is C


9 posted on 09/24/2007 4:58:33 AM PDT by jhroberts
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is this “Dan” guy, anyway?


10 posted on 09/24/2007 5:04:39 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Beware the MSM-DNC complex!
11 posted on 09/24/2007 5:18:23 AM PDT by Archon of the East ("universal executive power of the law of nature")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


12 posted on 09/24/2007 5:20:11 AM PDT by pookie18
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To: geezerwheezer
Who is this “Dan” guy, anyway?

One who breeds such succulence:


13 posted on 09/24/2007 5:23:44 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: ErnBatavia

There are laws against posting photos like that!! You hurt my eyeballs something fierce.


14 posted on 09/24/2007 5:31:12 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: ErnBatavia

That is one UGLY democrat! She has been beaten with the ugly stick real hard!


15 posted on 09/24/2007 5:42:27 AM PDT by jhroberts
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To: jhroberts
She was beat by an ugly forest, is more like it.

Hopefully she was not beaten with old growth mahogany from the endangered rain forest, because that would be bad for all the monkees and sloths and toucans and stuff.

16 posted on 09/24/2007 5:58:56 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=-
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To: ErnBatavia

Ugh, there’s no questioning her parentage. Looks like a younger Dan in drag.


17 posted on 09/24/2007 6:06:09 AM PDT by Sloth (You being wrong & me being closed-minded are not mutually exclusive.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL!


18 posted on 09/24/2007 6:06:39 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Holy cow.


19 posted on 09/24/2007 6:07:36 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: kittymyrib

“...he’s deader than a bunny in an avalanche.”

I can’t laugh that hard this early in the morning, it churns my oatmeal!


21 posted on 09/24/2007 8:10:57 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
No sane individual would start a legal battle that could result in his being deposed under oath about his own conduct at the network over 44 rocky years.

True, but we are talking about Dan Rather here. I for one welcome the chance for him to be deposed or to be cross examined regarding his career.

Should have more laughs then a Democrat's Funeral in Minnesota.

22 posted on 09/24/2007 9:02:49 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ("democrat" -- 'one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses " - Joseph J. Ellis)
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To: ErnBatavia
Interesting tid bit on Robin Rather and Ronnie Earle
23 posted on 09/24/2007 9:14:36 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ("democrat" -- 'one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses " - Joseph J. Ellis)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
The amount is ridiculous, and someone said the case will be settled out of court for a smaller amount.

Which may be the objective all along. Any settlement by CBS will be spun as "see, they couldn't prove the documents were forgeries, that's why they had to settle!" CBS gets to reform their own image, along with Rather's, and they can claim that the "nominal" settlement amount simply made good business sense, to play both sides against the middle.

24 posted on 09/24/2007 9:24:26 AM PDT by kevkrom (The religion of global warming: "There is no goddess but Gaia and Al Gore is her profit.")
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To: kevkrom

How could someone like cBS not see those docs were faked? All their attornies would have to do is point out that it was typed on a Word doc, hence the “th”? I learned how to type on my mom’s Smith Corona, and I know what the type style looks like.

No I wouldn’t settle for one thin dime, but then again I’m very stubborn. Of course that’s just me.


25 posted on 09/24/2007 11:52:23 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Midnight Hallway Hockey scores: Cats 3-Humans 0)
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