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Rather Purports To Be At Peace, But Suggests Anonymous Partisans Destroyed Him With 'Lies'
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/02/2012 7:21:26 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

If this is how Dan Rather at peace looks like, wonder what he's like when angry and embittered . . .

On Morning Joe today, Rather emphatically alleged that he was "at peace" over the Memogate fiasco that led to the end of his career. But he couldn't help himself from suggesting that his reputation had been destroyed by anonymous partisans employing "lies."

View the video here.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: danrather; memogate; morningjoe; rathergate; suicidebydan
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1 posted on 05/02/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

who?


2 posted on 05/02/2012 7:23:12 AM PDT by max americana
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Fake but accurate" is a time-honored Progressive journalistic practice, so he may be on to something.
3 posted on 05/02/2012 7:23:19 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Ubama is America's first openly gay President.)
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Dan Rather’s not bitter. Really. Just ask him. It’s just that anonymous partisans destroyed him with lies. Ping to Today show list.


4 posted on 05/02/2012 7:23:25 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Easily forgotten.


5 posted on 05/02/2012 7:23:32 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist."

6 posted on 05/02/2012 7:25:58 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Go cut a fart and yell at some kids about your lawn you irrelevant pile of commie dog sh&%!


7 posted on 05/02/2012 7:26:35 AM PDT by albie
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


8 posted on 05/02/2012 7:27:59 AM PDT by pabianice (ame with)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think he really believes himself. His arrogance forbids him from recognizing the obvious: that the documents were crude forgeries.


9 posted on 05/02/2012 7:29:32 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I thank the geeks of the internet who showed me that my suspicians that Rather was a below average IQ dork who couldn’t do anything except read news was true.

Thanks Drudge.

As for you, Rather, shove it up your smelly Obama.


10 posted on 05/02/2012 7:30:25 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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ESAD Dannie

11 posted on 05/02/2012 7:32:20 AM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq (font size=10 finger=middle))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; ...
A reasonable person must, must I say, side with Dan Rather.

The poor guy's career was, WAS I say, absolutely destroyed by vicious lies. The fact that he told the lies has nothing to do with this.

Since when is a TV "journalist" supposed to be a slave to facts? TV "journalism" is INFOTAINMENT. It is supposed to be free and creative, fun, even! (And to keep Republicans in their place) It is unfair for a named partisan, like Dan, to be destroyed by "anonymous partisans," over a trivial difference of creative news opinion.

12 posted on 05/02/2012 7:33:28 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

13 posted on 05/02/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: B Knotts

Actually, the documents were slick forgeries. Too tidy for the era they supposedly represented.


14 posted on 05/02/2012 7:38:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Dan “We [the MSM] determine whats news and whats not!” Rather


15 posted on 05/02/2012 7:41:29 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: OrioleFan

There was a time when CBS was the gold standard in broadcast news.


16 posted on 05/02/2012 7:43:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

He wanted to believe a lie. A man in his position cannot afford such luxuries. His fall is entirely his own making. Efforts to share blame reveal an unrepentant heart.


17 posted on 05/02/2012 7:46:14 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What’s the frequency, Kenneth? etc.etc.etc.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 7:46:14 AM PDT by baileybat
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why can’t these nasty bitter communist buzzards like Carter & Rather just shut their sickening yaps and fade away into obscurity and enjoy the twilight of their lives with the ones they love?


19 posted on 05/02/2012 7:46:27 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
......a group of anonymous partisan news whores work together on the internet (TV or newspaper or both) to ruin the reputation of decent conservatives.

Is this what he meant to say?

20 posted on 05/02/2012 7:47:39 AM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“”Fake but accurate” is a time-honored Progressive journalistic practice, so he may be on to something.”

Rather was right.

The piece of paper was accurate(or genuine) but the contents were fake.

Remember to liberals it is what’s on the outside that counts.


21 posted on 05/02/2012 7:47:46 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Well, that’s my point. They didn’t even make an effort to make them look right. Hence, my calling them “crude,” as in lack of serious effort.


22 posted on 05/02/2012 7:49:18 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And bees.... good God man haven't you noticed? There are no more bees. Or butterflies.

23 posted on 05/02/2012 7:50:03 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Poor Dan. After being in the limelight for so long, the dark days of irrelevancy seem to be taking their toll.


24 posted on 05/02/2012 7:53:12 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Dan...”Courage.”


25 posted on 05/02/2012 7:53:28 AM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Isn’t there anyone in his family willing to tell him to shut up because he is making an even bigger ass of himself every time he does one of these shows?


26 posted on 05/02/2012 7:55:21 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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Denial isn't a river in Egypt, Danielle. The fact is that you and Mapes committed suicide.


27 posted on 05/02/2012 7:55:50 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The paranoids are still trying to bring him down!


28 posted on 05/02/2012 8:04:51 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: ILS21R

He says people tried to ruin his career by telling lies about him. Yet he spread lies to tear down Bush’s career. Is it ok to laugh now or am I missing something?


29 posted on 05/02/2012 8:06:04 AM PDT by JDS1950
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To: Kenny Bunk

You left out the sarcasm tag in post #12.

(I hope)


30 posted on 05/02/2012 8:07:33 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But he couldn't help himself from suggesting that his reputation had been destroyed by anonymous partisans employing "lies."

Well, that's partially true. The lies from the "anonymous" partisans were the forged Texas Air National Guard memos. The problem was that Rather ran with the lies rather than investigating them. Back in the pre-Internet days he could have gotten away with it, but knowledgeable people recognized that the fonts and formats weren't proper for military memos of the time but instead matched with the default Microsoft Word settings, even down to the peculiarities of when the "th" would be superscripted, and were able to publicize those flaws before that night was over.

Just imagine how different this story would have been if Rather had just read from the alleged memos with some Chyron graphics of the "relevant" parts of the text over a background of some blurry, low-res pages on the screen. But CBS posted scans of the memos for everyone to look at and analyze. Hopefully news reports will move more in that direction of reporting the news but posting the full supporting information and raw videos immediately. Instead I expect that they will learn the wrong lesson and stop releasing the proof and leave the two minute news report to stand on its own to hide the trail of evidence of their lies and half-truths.

31 posted on 05/02/2012 8:08:27 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

When anonymous partisans use discreditable material to impugn George Bush, that’s “news reporting.” But when that falsified material is exposed as fraudulent, then the truth becomes “lies.”

It’s no wonder Rather became a journalist. Other than Wonderland, there’s no other place where up is down, wrong is right, and darkness is light.


32 posted on 05/02/2012 8:10:08 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Isn’t there anyone in his family willing to tell him to shut up because he is making an even bigger ass of himself every time he does one of these shows?


33 posted on 05/02/2012 8:11:23 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Rather should stayed at the reporting on hurricanes level.
34 posted on 05/02/2012 8:11:58 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KarlInOhio

Microsoft Word destroyed my career ...

HAHA


35 posted on 05/02/2012 8:14:17 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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"Looks like you're trying to forge a letter..."

36 posted on 05/02/2012 8:16:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
There was a time when CBS was the gold standard in broadcast news.

That's what I hear, although I think even Murrow was overrated. The problem with any assertions about the veracity and integrity of alleged "gold standards" such as CBS News and the New York Times is that we really have no idea how often or how brazenly they lied to promote the Democrat / socialist agenda. It has only been 15 years or so that the internet has been around to police the dirty bastards.

37 posted on 05/02/2012 8:17:20 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kenny Bunk
The poor guy's career was, WAS I say, absolutely destroyed by vicious lies. The fact that he told the lies has nothing to do with this.

I may be misunderstanding your post. I've read it a few times and pride myself on being objective. But Dan Rather pressed the story. The initial information he was given by a secrete source may have spurred the idea. But Rather was reported to have pitched and produced the story that got him where he was. Remember, the story came out in the heat of an election cycle. After questions arose and no corroborating evidence could be produced and several folks came forward to say the information was false, Rather doubled down. He wielded a great deal of influence at the network. He was not innocent of just reading what someone put on a teleprompter. He took credit for the investigative reporting that "broke" the story. It was his source. He had ample opportunity to correct the story or move it in a different direction. I doubt anyone counseled him to say the document was "fake but accurate." Whether he owned the story at the beginning or not, he took ownership of it when he stubbornly and repeatedly tried to defend it.

He doesn't get a pass from me. He was fired because his credibility was gone and it severely diminished the credibility of his employer. They stood by him at first and when the story was obviously fabricated, they dumped him.

If it were any other way, Rather would have placed blame on his employer for forcing him to report the fabrication based on shady sources and forged documents. He would have thrown orphaned children under the bus to save his pride and career. Fortunately, there were no children within reach after he dug himself a crater.

38 posted on 05/02/2012 8:19:55 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Lancey Howard; Eric in the Ozarks

http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/murrow/exhibit/bio.html

Understandably and to his credit, Murrow never forgot these early years in the Southern and Western United States and his family’s background as workers and farmers. Throughout, he stayed sympathetic to the problems of the working class and the poor. Characteristic of this were his early sympathies for the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) 1920s, although it remains unclear whether Edward R. Murrow ever joined the IWW.


39 posted on 05/02/2012 8:35:16 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'm surprised Free Republic's and Buckhead's contribution hasn't been posted yet: Documents Suggest Special Treatment for Bush in Guard [post 47]

To: Howlin

Howlin, every single one of these memos to file is in a proportionally spaced font, probably Palatino or Times New Roman.

In 1972 people used typewriters for this sort of thing, and typewriters used monospaced fonts.

The use of proportionally spaced fonts did not come into common use for office memos until the introduction of laser printers, word processing software, and personal computers. They were not widespread until the mid to late 90's. Before then, you needed typesetting equipment, and that wasn't used for personal memos to file. Even the Wang systems that were dominant in the mid 80's used monospaced fonts.

I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to make them look old.

This should be pursued aggressively.

47 posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 11:59:43 PM by Buckhead


40 posted on 05/02/2012 8:36:08 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It ain’t fair, I tell ya, it ain’t fair. Walter Cronkite got to undermine the country and he retired and died a hero! I did the same yet I’m looked at as a zero and nobody! I want what Uncle Walter got!


41 posted on 05/02/2012 8:38:16 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bravo Sierra! CBS would have gone absolutely to the wall to defend Rather if they could have. His time-warped typewriter stunt just proved to be indefensible.


42 posted on 05/02/2012 8:40:07 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
A picture of a washed-up, lying, America-hating Marxist. The other is Fidel Castro.

43 posted on 05/02/2012 8:56:05 AM PDT by twister881
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Rather almost invented the game of lie and innuendo to take down political figures he didn’t agree with. He felt his ‘vote’ counted for a few million ordinary citizens... He abused his power ...


44 posted on 05/02/2012 9:00:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Really, Rather?

I guess the truth is like a crucifix to a vampire. What a bitter old clinger to the See BS abhor slot he once had. Bye, bye Danny — you’re not missed — you arrogant ass.


45 posted on 05/02/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This is what happens when your voice-recognition software isn’t quite ready. He didn’t say “at peace”, he said “ate peas”. Later on he talks about how much he likes pudding.


46 posted on 05/02/2012 9:06:51 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Easily forgotten.”

Not at Boston University1 Just go to the main library there and you can see their shrine to Dan Rather! Sadly, I had to pay big bucks to have my daughter go to school at that $hithole!


47 posted on 05/02/2012 9:12:41 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: blueunicorn6
This is what happens when your voice-recognition software isn’t quite ready. He didn’t say “at peace”, he said “ate peas”. Later on he talks about how much he likes pudding.

Ding, ding, ding - we have a thread winnah!

48 posted on 05/02/2012 9:13:45 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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49 posted on 05/02/2012 9:14:31 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

50 posted on 05/02/2012 9:16:34 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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