Skip to comments.Rather's Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry
Posted on 11/16/2008 7:46:40 PM PST by steve-b
When Dan Rather filed suit against CBS 14 months ago -- claiming, among other things, that his former employer had commissioned a politically biased investigation into his work on a "60 Minutes" segment about President Bush's National Guard service -- the network predicted the quick and favorable dismissal of the case, which it derided as "old news."
So far, Mr. Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit. And according to documents filed recently in court, he may be getting something for his money.
Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter including the power of subpoena and the threat of punishment against witnesses who lie under oath he has unearthed evidence that would seem to support his assertion that CBS intended its investigation, at least in part, to quell Republican criticism of the network.
Among the materials that money has shaken free for Mr. Rather are internal CBS memorandums turned over to his lawyers, showing that network executives used Republican operatives to vet the names of potential members of a panel that had been billed as independent and charged with investigating the "60 Minutes" segment....
Another memorandum turned over to Mr. Rather's lawyers by CBS was a long typed list of conservative commentators apparently receiving some preliminary consideration as panel members, including Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan. At the bottom of that list, someone had scribbled "Roger Ailes," the founder of Fox News....
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I just hope Rather continues to pour his own money into this bottomless pit
Yet no mention that the “document” was a fabricated fraud that he peddled as being true...
Biased per Dan Rather = 4 dems and 1 republican.
I love this. Rather spending his money to expose CBS. Reminds me of the Bible story of the Phillistines turning upon themselves and killing each other
Didn't Dan use dem operatives to vet the information for his infamous forged Lucy Ramirez story and document?
Rather suggesting an investigation might be politically motivated.
Now THAT is rich.
Would that be something if Freepers need call as Rather witnesses or CBS witnesses LOL!
Thanks steve-b,here’s a bump.
“What’s the frequency Kenneth?”
Rather and Bill Moyers are two loathesome Texans. I think both worked for LBJ? I know Moyers did but I think dan the dummy worked at CBS during Nam.
I remember in one of the biographies of LBJ, his secretary was named Rather. Not sure if they are related.
Dan Blather said they were “authenticated” documents from “unimpeachable sources”.
Their document authentication experts REFUSED to authenticate them, only the signature was said to be “consistent” by the signature expert, who said he couldn't authenticate a copy.
Moreover they were not from “unimpeachable sources” but from ONE highly impeachable nut-ball source.
Rather helped cover the Kennedy assassination. Probably his big break.
Us Texans are noted for our pride, but these two are downright shameful
What am I missing here? So what if CBS wanted to include a conservative on their investigative panel? It is as if the NYT AND Rather think conservatives have two heads and should never be included in anything.
I met Bill Moyers at a dinner hosted by the President of NYU some years ago. I must say that up close he seemed particularly loathsome, although I was very careful not to say so.
As for the lawsuit—Go Dan!
“- I’ve tried everything. I can say to you with confidence, I know a fair amount about LSD. I’ve never been a social user of any of these things, but my curiosity has carried me into a lot of interesting areas.”
Never knew he played with LSD. That explains a lot.
I first had my doubts about Rather’s sanity during his coverage of Desert Storm. He was in a helicopter, pointing out an open door, and speaking to the camera, explaining to his audience the geography below. He would point in one direction and authoritatively assert, “Over there is Iraq”, then point in a different direction and say “There, Iran” then again in a third direction, “And there, Syria”. The only problem was that there was DENSE FOG outside and neither he nor his audience could actually see a bloody thing. He was pointing into a directionless mist (”Over there lies Iraq; beyond there, Iran...”). I thought to myself, “This guy is loony-tunes.”
Wasn’t that the story where they were jawboned by an ass?
Ah, the fake but true “expose” still has legs!
A mighty man of valor slew a 1000 Phillistines with the jawbone of an ass. Many a politician has done something similar.
Bush Guard Documents: Forged Thu, Sep 9, 2004 at 10:24:36 am PST
I opened Microsoft Word, set the font to Microsofts Times New Roman, tabbed over to the default tab stop to enter the date 18 August 1973, then typed the rest of the document purportedly from the personal records of the late Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian.
And my Microsoft Word version, typed in 2004, is an exact match for the documents trumpeted by CBS News as authentic.
A screenshot of the original document as found at CBS:
A screenshot of my Microsoft Word document:
The spacing is not just similarit is identical in every respect. Notice that the date lines up perfectly, all the line breaks are in the same places, all letters line up with the same letters above and below, and the kerning is exactly the same. And I did not change a single thing from Words defaults; margins, type size, tab stops, etc. are all using the default settings. The one difference (the th in 187th is slightly lower) is probably due to a slight difference between the Mac and PC versions of the Times New Roman font, or it could be an artifact of whatever process was used to artificially age the document. (Update: I printed the document and the th matches perfectly in the printed version. Its a difference between screen and printer fonts.)
There is absolutely no way that this document was typed on any machine that was available in 1973.
Relive it at the link.
This is all he got for $2000000?
It is indeed hard to decide which side to root for in this one, but it is not hard to figure out whom to root against: I say both!
So no, it would not be a stretch of the imagination to think they might be related.
What no one mentions is that Rather was involved in anothery fake but accurate hoax... the secret prisons thing. Some jackass he found created his own secret prison overseas and the plan was to blame it on Bush. Instead the self-appointed “warden” got detained and tried by the locals...
Dan was backtracking furiously for a while but luckily for him other events swallowed up the story...