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Dan Ratherís Obsession
Commentary ^ | 12.10.2013 - 10:10 AM | Peter Wehner |

Posted on 12/10/2013 7:13:45 PM PST by robowombat

Dan Rather was once among the most powerful figures in American media. Which is why watching him today is a particularly poignant and painful thing.

Consider Mr. Rather’s appearance with CNN’s Piers Morgan Monday night. When asked about the recent, erroneous Benghazi report on 60 Minutes that led to a leave of absence for reporter Lara Logan, Rather compared that story to the one that ruined his career:

“With our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint… was ‘Okay, your story was true, but the way you got to the truth was flawed. The process was flawed.’ That’s not the case with the Benghazi story. Unfortunately, and there’s no joy in saying this, they were taken in by a man who was a fraud.”

Now for some context.

Mr. Rather’s 44-year career at CBS (24 years of which he spent as the anchor of the CBS Evening News) ended because of his role in a story that blew apart. The 2004 story was meant to smear President George W. Bush a few months before his reelection. The problem is that it was based on forged National Guard documents that were almost immediately revealed as such. Yet Rather insists to this very day that the forged documents were accurate.

This claim is a hallucination, as this 224-page Report of the Independent Review Panel (convened by CBS) makes clear. But Rather would not let it go. After being fired in 2006, he filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its parent company, Viacom, claiming he had been made a “scapegoat,” which was subsequently dismissed in its entirely. Mr. Rather of course appealed. And in 2012, while promoting his book Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, the former CBS reporter continued to insist the forged documents were accurate. “I believe them to be genuine. I did at the time, I did in the immediate aftermath of it, and yes, I do now,” he said.

This story fascinates me in part because of its insight into human psychology. Mr. Rather is emotionally unable to accept that the National Guard story was false and built on lies, that his effort to bring down an American president brought him down instead. And so he keeps returning to the scene of the crime, hoping to clear his name, convinced that one more adamant declaration that his story was true will magically make it so. Unfortunately, and there’s no joy in saying this, Rather doesn’t have the self-awareness to know that each time he does this, he becomes a more pitiable figure.

“To the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” These are the words of Captain Ahab as he tosses his harpoon toward the great white whale. But they could just as easily be Dan Rather’s.


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1 posted on 12/10/2013 7:13:45 PM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Dan who??


2 posted on 12/10/2013 7:14:12 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: robowombat

He is still claiming the GW story was true....he is brain dead.


3 posted on 12/10/2013 7:15:49 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: robowombat

Excellent post!


4 posted on 12/10/2013 7:17:23 PM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: robowombat

Senility came early for this supposed icon of American news. So sad.


5 posted on 12/10/2013 7:17:28 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: robowombat

What a sad, little man. He is hollow...


6 posted on 12/10/2013 7:21:45 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: doc1019

In reality, senility is a trait of libtards of
all ages, don’t you think?


7 posted on 12/10/2013 7:24:32 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: robowombat

Rather was the rudest reporter in history. If someone at a press conference treated obama the way Rather treated Nixon and Bush he’d be screaming “Racists!”


8 posted on 12/10/2013 7:24:35 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: robowombat

““To the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” These are the words of Captain Ahab as he tosses his harpoon toward the great white whale.”

Nah! That’s from Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan! At least, that is what ol’ Dan thinks! LOL

Denial is a strange phenomenon in humans.


9 posted on 12/10/2013 7:24:51 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: robowombat

Sorry, you pathetic old POS. you arranged the fakery of a document, upon which you based your entire story. When that fell apart, the whole story collapsed.


10 posted on 12/10/2013 7:25:01 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: robowombat

I’ll say this about Rather. On election nights, he is the master of metaphors and analysis. He can be a very colorful person.


11 posted on 12/10/2013 7:26:50 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: robowombat

What is sad is how many in the MSM think just like Dan does.


12 posted on 12/10/2013 7:28:22 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Buckhead

Bump


13 posted on 12/10/2013 7:32:26 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: robowombat

Dan’s still pursuing his myth that (1) Got him fired (2) Got his lawsuit dismissed and (3) Woke up maybe a couple of liberal foamers. Feh!


14 posted on 12/10/2013 7:41:07 PM PST by beautress1 (Make today a masterpiece.)
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To: robowombat
Once a none too skillful liar, always a none too skillful liar.

Not much drama in any of that.

15 posted on 12/10/2013 7:43:21 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I’ll say this about Rather. On election nights, he is the master of metaphors and analysis. He can be a very colorful person.


And he’s more annoying than a herd of ticks on an old hound dog.


16 posted on 12/10/2013 7:43:30 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: robowombat

IBWTFK


17 posted on 12/10/2013 7:45:29 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: robowombat
Oh Danny boy, the tears, the tears are flowing...

18 posted on 12/10/2013 7:52:35 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: robowombat

kenneth still doesn’t know the frequency!


19 posted on 12/10/2013 7:58:51 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: robowombat
Dan Rather...watching him today is a particularly poignant and painful thing.

Poignant, NEVER, painful, always.
A more pompous, arrogant, egotistical, affected, bloated, boastful, bombastic, conceited, fustian grandiloquent, contrived, counterfeit, aloof, assuming, cavalier a-hole you will never find. He was the king of all the aforementioned.

20 posted on 12/10/2013 8:11:26 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: House Atreides

Someone please refresh my memory about the letter.

Was it the original letter? If so it was typed on a typewriter. As a college student in the fall of 1969, I was part of a group of college students that visited FBI Headquarters. The agent giving us the tour told us that the FBI had at that time every make and model of typewriter produced. Certainly, Dan and company could have compared the letter with a typewriter in FBI storage and proved the case against George W. Bush.


21 posted on 12/10/2013 8:15:30 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: Maine Mariner
From wikipedia:

Within hours of the segment, the authenticity of the documents was questioned by posters on Free Republic, a conservative Internet forum, and discussion quickly spread to various weblogs in the blogosphere, principally Little Green Footballs and Power Line.[55] The initial analysis appeared in posts by "Buckhead," a username of Harry W. MacDougald, an Atlanta attorney who had worked for conservative groups such as the Federalist Society and the Southeastern Legal Foundation and who had helped draft the petition to the Arkansas Supreme Court for the disbarment of President Bill Clinton.[56] MacDougald questioned the validity of the documents on the basis of their typography, writing that the memos were "in a proportionally spaced font, probably Palatino or Times New Roman," and alleging that this was an anachronism: "I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to make them look old. This should be pursued aggressively."

22 posted on 12/10/2013 8:22:56 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Maine Mariner

Typewriters cannot proportionately space their fonts. Only a computer does that.


23 posted on 12/10/2013 8:24:29 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

GENESIS!


24 posted on 12/10/2013 8:27:01 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Maine Mariner
Dan Rather's daughter typed up the fictitious “report” on G. W. Bush's Air Guard service. This was proved by a trace on certain faxes including one from a drug store in Texas.
It was immediately identified as a fake by a FR individual named Buckhead.
25 posted on 12/10/2013 8:28:55 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yes I remember that an Freeper was the first or one of the first to break the fabrication story.


26 posted on 12/10/2013 8:56:52 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: robowombat; Buckhead

Great post...

ping


27 posted on 12/10/2013 9:04:53 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Typewriters cannot proportionately space their fonts. Only a computer does that.”

Actually, no.

Early typewriter proportional spacing, while not as exotic as computer word processors of today, could do proportional spacing. For example, the earliest proportional spacing was a mechanical advance on the print carriage advance mechanism that adjusted the carriage advance based on the letter being typed.

An “i” or “1” would get one unit of advance, a “w” or “m” three units, and most other letters two units.

By the way - there actually was one typewriter in the Texas Air National Guard in Bush’s era that could do a simple proportional spacing. But it was located at headquarters in Austin, not in Houston.

It was used to make full lines for awards certificates so the text would look pretty in the certificate often used for framing by the receiving awardee. Or his mom.

Dan Rather should have said that when Jerry Killian wanted to write memos to himself, he got in the car and drove 336 miles round trip to Austin to use the headquarters typewriter.

Oh, that Robert Strong guy Rather used on his 60 minutes show claiming he was a buddy of Killian and could verify the memos? He was also 168 miles away in Austin, as a ground pounding little lieutenant. I’m sure Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Killian was a confidant of that pipsqueak.


28 posted on 12/10/2013 9:06:29 PM PST by oldbill
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To: robowombat

Poor Dan. Still no luck finding Lucy Ramirez?


29 posted on 12/10/2013 9:12:06 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: oldbill

Did it do superscript “th” too?


30 posted on 12/10/2013 9:13:25 PM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: robowombat

I thought that Rather was dead.


31 posted on 12/10/2013 9:19:53 PM PST by Batman11 (Obama is not American.. he has no clue what it is to be American.)
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To: robowombat

BUMP! This is an important read.

Actually I first read it in the 60s back when posts on Free Republic were typed in courier, and then when you clicked “post” they were printed in Times New Roman.


32 posted on 12/10/2013 9:45:34 PM PST by golux
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To: robowombat

Courage, Dan....Courage.


33 posted on 12/10/2013 9:51:22 PM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: robowombat
Dan, you silly old fool, you were caught red-handed using a fabricated document.
34 posted on 12/10/2013 9:59:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: svcw
Unfortunately this poor guy is so blind sighted by hatred that he can't seperate truth from fiction.
35 posted on 12/10/2013 11:05:35 PM PST by saintgermaine
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To: robowombat
Rather might not be insane. By continuing the lie he minimizes the damage to his beloved leftist agenda. Low information voters will still believe him.

"Animated GIF image comparing what CBS claimed to be a 1973-era typewritten memo with a 2004-era Microsoft Word document made with default settings"

From here:

http://politics247.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/attempt-to-rehabilitate-dan-rather%E2%80%99s-reputation-is-dismissed/

36 posted on 12/10/2013 11:10:05 PM PST by TChad (The Obamacare Motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad
This is intentionally blown up so we can read it,
and it might be wise to save a copy of this image to your computer, just in case the VILE Democrats decide to scrub the image from the internet.


The Paper Trail: A Comparison of Documents

Dozens of inconsistencies are revealed by a side-by-side comparison of memos unearthed by CBS News
with officially released memos signed by President Bush's commander in the Texas Air National Guard,
Lt Col. Jerry B. Killian.

Font experts say that the CBS memos, left were almost certainly written using modern word-processing software,
in contrast to the previously released memos, right, which were written on a typewriter.
Differences appear in the use of fonts, proportionate spacing and Air Force jargon and memo-writing etiquette.
In addition, the writer of the CBS memos has used an out-of-date address for Bush and referred to an officer who has retired from the Texas Air National Guard.
Experts have reproduced almost exact replicas of the CBS memos using Microsoft Word
but have not been able to produce similar replicas on any typewriter that would have been available in 1973.




37 posted on 12/10/2013 11:12:08 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: golux
VILE and EVIL define the reprobate Dan Rather.

38 posted on 12/10/2013 11:14:52 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

That’s pretty good. I had not seen it.


39 posted on 12/10/2013 11:39:27 PM PST by TChad (The Obamacare Motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad
It really is unbelievable, the drastic extents these disgusting Communists will go through, to try to sell a LIE, just to damage their opponents.
DEATH to them, every one !
40 posted on 12/11/2013 12:45:52 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
It was a fun night. For some reason, I watched 60 Minutes that night and believed (hoped?) the story to be a fake, but simply because 1) It was Dan Rather, and 2) Bush was a fighter pilot that had volunteered to go to Vietnam. Not someone that would go AWOL.

Well before long Buckhead posted that he thought it was a fake story too, but he had better reasons than I did. All night long, posters piled on with more and more evidence that the docs were fake. It was a tour de force example of what Freepers could do to a fake story. As the night became early morning, other websites were posting the same thing, using the Free Republic posts as evidence to bolster their points. Such was the strength of the case that Freepers made that night.

Yes, it was a great night. I called into work the next day....Don't tell my boss.

41 posted on 12/11/2013 2:26:47 AM PST by Wingy
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To: 867V309

“Did it do superscript “th” too?”

No.
Some of the later Selectrics had a special character set on the ball for extra characters, like “th” and “st”, “rd”, and some special characters, like a degree “o” and a half=space up or down for subscript and super scripts.


42 posted on 12/11/2013 2:27:57 AM PST by oldbill
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To: robowombat
"After being fired in 2006, he filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its parent company, Viacom, claiming he had been made a “scapegoat,”


43 posted on 12/11/2013 3:47:26 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon
Well, we all know he's a goat, alright, and a goat of destruction, at that.
44 posted on 12/11/2013 3:55:11 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: robowombat
Dan Rather, he of the "fake but accurate" defense.
45 posted on 12/11/2013 5:07:54 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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