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Ratherís Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry
The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2008 | Jacques Steinberg

Posted on 11/17/2008 11:43:56 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

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.

Mr. Rather attracted the ire of Republican bloggers and talk radio in particular after the segment, which was broadcast on a weekday edition of “60 Minutes” in September 2004. It purported to have unearthed evidence about favorable treatment extended to President Bush during his Vietnam-era service in the Texas Air National Guard.

The network eventually responded to its critics by saying it could no longer vouch for the authenticity of the documents on which the report had been based.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; danrather; gop; media; propagandawingofdnc; ratherbiased; rathergate; rushlimbaugh; talkradio
No wonder the New York Times is sinking into oblivion.
1 posted on 11/17/2008 11:43:56 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: Buckhead

Ping!


2 posted on 11/17/2008 11:44:23 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit.

Attention Nigerian scammers! Here's your man!

3 posted on 11/17/2008 11:47:15 AM PST by JennysCool (Internet Powerhouse)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
....showing that network executives used Republican operatives to vet the names of potential members of a panel....

Sounds fair to me considering Rather used only leftist Dems to vet his TANG story featuring a forged document from a non-existing Lucy Ramirez.

4 posted on 11/17/2008 11:50:55 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Among the materials that money has shaken free for Mr. Rather are internal CBS memorandums turned over to his lawyers...

I found this sentence to be truly amusing.

5 posted on 11/17/2008 11:53:32 AM PST by kidd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Meanwhile, Me and thousands of other Americans sit here with no job, struggling to keep their house and food on the table, and Mr. Rather has millions to blow on his defense...which will prove nothing except ego gratification (if he wins).

All I read about lately is millions and billions of dollars being squandered, while I sell everything that's not tied down on Craigs list and eBay to pay my car insurance.

Duck Fan Rather
6 posted on 11/17/2008 11:53:42 AM PST by FrankR (Where's Waldo ([W]here [A]re [L]egal [D]ocuments [O]bama? (i.e. birth certificate))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“his assertion that CBS intended its investigation, at least in part, to quell Republican criticism of the network.”
Nothin’ wrong with that either!


7 posted on 11/17/2008 11:55:53 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dan Rather and Mary Mapes engaged in fraud, deceit, journalistic malpractice, and was party to vouching for a forgery.

And the New York Times failed to mention any of that. Pathetic way to report on this. They are ... Rather Biased!


8 posted on 11/17/2008 11:57:05 AM PST by WOSG (STOP OBAMA'S SOCIALISM - Change we need: Replace the Democrat Congress)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“.....Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter — including the power of subpoena and the threat of punishment against witnesses who lie under oath....”

What!? These are ‘tools’ available to reporters? Who ever wrote this mess needs an education, quick.


9 posted on 11/17/2008 11:57:21 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: FrankR

Should have worked for Obamalot’s campaign, he’s giving out huge bonuses to all of his workers.


10 posted on 11/17/2008 11:57:57 AM PST by SirFishalot
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Spin, deflection or ignoring news are accepted.

The Dan, in his position as an esteemed (in his mind) member of the fourth estate, was an accessory in an attempt to bring down a sitting President with 100% fabricated documents.

His caper was very close to a coup d’etat. He belongs in history books ahead of Benedict Arnold and Tokyo Rose.

11 posted on 11/17/2008 12:02:58 PM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats - Orwell's Children)
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To: FrankR

We all may be there shortly if the gloom and doom comes that the experts are predicting.


12 posted on 11/17/2008 12:03:55 PM PST by Terry Mross ( It's just a matter of time before we're all 'GUILTY' of hate speech.)
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To: JennysCool
Attention Nigerian scammers! Here's your man!

LOL! Rather's gone senile, he's spending $millions and countless hours of his own time to prove that CBS 'done him wrong' and he doesn't make a move toward authenticating the memos. That's because he can't and he was trying to hang Bush on fake memos created by a long-time Bush family adversary. To hell with that, the only problem with such dishonesty for him was that the fake memos blew-up and took him with them!

13 posted on 11/17/2008 12:05:49 PM PST by xJones
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To: SirFishalot
"Should have worked for Obamalot’s campaign, he’s giving out huge bonuses to all of his workers. "

I said I'm poor...not stupid.
14 posted on 11/17/2008 12:07:42 PM PST by FrankR (Where's Waldo ([W]here [A]re [L]egal [D]ocuments [O]bama? (i.e. birth certificate))
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To: WOSG

That’s the “news” part of the story. This is a “second day, PM lead.”


15 posted on 11/17/2008 12:09:04 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

Get Mr. Rather under oath and have him fess up as to just how the documents came to him and how much collusion there was with the Democrat party to obtain them.

16 posted on 11/17/2008 12:11:49 PM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: Jacquerie

Dan Ratherbiased should become as much as an outcast as Senator Joe McCarthy was for 4 decades. A shamed alcoholic. He engaged in Rat-Red tactics to take down a sitting President with a bunch of forged lies. Hey Danny Boy, go BACK on the LSD and heroin that you proudly admit to experimenting with.


17 posted on 11/17/2008 12:14:10 PM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
With my apologies to Lewis Carroll ...

The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things: of gold -- and oil -- and tankers –-
Of forgeries -- and anchors --.
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have bankers.

18 posted on 11/17/2008 12:15:17 PM PST by OldNavyVet (Character counts)
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To: TruthWillWin
TANG story featuring a forged document from a non-existing Lucy Ramirez.

Look on this site if you want to know where the "documents" came from. They are on this site prior to anything else happening.

http://www.democrats.com/view.cfm?id=23055

19 posted on 11/17/2008 12:15:41 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Rather attracted the ire of Republican bloggers and talk radio in particular after the segment, which was broadcast on a weekday edition of “60 Minutes” in September 2004. It purported to have unearthed evidence about favorable treatment extended to President Bush during his Vietnam-era service in the Texas Air National Guard.

The network eventually responded to its critics by saying it could no longer vouch for the authenticity of the documents on which the report had been based.

There is no document to authenticate. it is a computer fabrication. NO hand typed letter exists. No hand signed later exists. It was done in MS Word and the photographed signature was pasted onto the forgery.

20 posted on 11/17/2008 12:18:31 PM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: weegee
how much collusion there was with the Democrat party to obtain them.

They came from the site, Democrats.com.

They are still there.

http://democrats.com/view.cfm?id=23055

21 posted on 11/17/2008 12:24:24 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: xJones

Rather is a poster child for the serious psychological issues that infect “true believers” of leftism. There is a very strong delusional quality to his behavior along with a “any means justifies the ends” mentality.


22 posted on 11/17/2008 12:34:09 PM PST by neocon1984
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To: weegee

Something I ponder now and then goes like this:

Let’s say The Dan’s documents got saturation coverage in all media. It is all anyone wanted to talk about. John Francois won the election by a narrow margin. In Feb 2005, The Dan’s fraud is exposed. Now there is a movie.

The fossil Rather would have to hire a platoon of bodyguards, but the election results would have to stand.

Scary stuff. It could have happened and I am confident a slicker rat attempt will be made against a future strong GOP candidate.

The old media deserve every bit and more of the derision we toss at them.


23 posted on 11/17/2008 12:42:58 PM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats - Orwell's Children)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Why does Rather think it was "Republican criticism"? Certainly all of the folks here on Free Republic are the only real Independents, totally free of bias and partisan points of view.

I think CBS' brass tried mightily to make sure we didnt' start going after each and every one of them until there were no more CBS brass!

Rather's just another bitter punk nursing a grievance about getting caught telling lies.

24 posted on 11/17/2008 1:12:51 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

He’s blaming the messenger that caught him in a deliberate lie. He still proclaims “fake but accurate” and stands by his story.


25 posted on 11/17/2008 1:29:47 PM PST by weegee (Global Warming Change? Fight Global Socialist CHANGE.)
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To: xJones

Don’t worry about him. The Dem congress will bail him out. They might even conduct an investigation based on his results to boot.


26 posted on 11/17/2008 2:28:39 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CBS intended its investigation, at least in part, to quell Republican criticism of the network

What a dopey contention.

CBS was responding to criticism of the story. Naturally, since the story was about a Republican, the criticism was coming from Republicans.

If there was criticism of a negative story about Greenpeace, one would expect that the most vocal criticism would be from Greenpeace. If the story featured obviously forged documents slamming Greenpeace, CBS would likely fire people, in part because of the criticism from Greenpeace that forced them to investigate in the first place.

27 posted on 11/17/2008 2:34:33 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

If Greenpeace were pressuring CBS they would fire people INSTANTLY. That’s because they wouldn’t care to have Greenpeace bomb their headquarters.


28 posted on 11/17/2008 4:40:58 PM PST by muawiyah
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