Skip to comments.Dan Ratherís Obsession
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. Rathers appearance with CNNs 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. Thats not the case with the Benghazi story. Unfortunately, and theres no joy in saying this, they were taken in by a man who was a fraud.
Now for some context.
Mr. Rathers 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 theres no joy in saying this, Rather doesnt 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 hells heart I stab at thee; for hates 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 Rathers.
He is still claiming the GW story was true....he is brain dead.
Senility came early for this supposed icon of American news. So sad.
What a sad, little man. He is hollow...
In reality, senility is a trait of libtards of
all ages, don’t you think?
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!”
“To the last I grapple with thee; from hells heart I stab at thee; for hates 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.
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.
I’ll say this about Rather. On election nights, he is the master of metaphors and analysis. He can be a very colorful person.
What is sad is how many in the MSM think just like Dan does.
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!
Not much drama in any of that.
Ill 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.
kenneth still doesn’t know the frequency!
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.
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.
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. 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. 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."
Typewriters cannot proportionately space their fonts. Only a computer does that.
Yes I remember that an Freeper was the first or one of the first to break the fabrication story.
“Typewriters cannot proportionately space their fonts. Only a computer does that.”
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.
Poor Dan. Still no luck finding Lucy Ramirez?
Did it do superscript “th” too?
I thought that Rather was dead.
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.
"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"
That’s pretty good. I had not seen it.
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.
“Did it do superscript th too?”
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.
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