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  • FreeRepublic Featured in Newseum Exhibit on RatherGate

    05/01/2008 6:38:52 AM PDT · by BufordP · 111 replies · 519+ views
    1 May 2008 | kburi
    On 4/11/08, The Newseum opened its new quarters in Washington, DC. I was specifically interested in an exhibit in the Internet, TV and Radio Gallery. The exhibit was "Bias at CBS" and it featured the September 2004 "60 Minutes II" Dan Rather report aimed at discrediting President Bush's service in the Air National Guard. This 9/04 report was meant to hurt Bush's re-election chances in November, 2004. Comments among FReepers quickly exposed inconsistencies in the documents and led to bloggers on the internet exposing the report as deeply flawed, as well as using forged documents. These inconsistencies ultimately forced CBS...
  • Liberal Leslie Moonves (Les The Leaker) Toast At CBS?

    04/22/2008 8:12:35 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 21 replies · 256+ views
    Friends and Fiends at CBS | MB26
    Friends at Black Rock say Looney Liberal Leslie Moonves may be on his way out the door at CBS. Moonves has overseen a number of CBS fiascos including The Demise Of The Dan (which Rather is about to play out again in a NY courtroom), the hiring of Ratings Remover Perkie Katie Couric as well as very bad ratings for the nightly entertainment (?) block. And of course, most important of all, stock prices are locked in deep declining do-do. Supposedly Moonves has lost the faith of Summer Redstone, and when you lose the faith of His Grace, The Chairman,...
  • Hugh Hewitt Correspondence With Rice U Professor Shows CBS' Memos ARE Forgeries (MUST READ!!!)

    09/10/2004 7:17:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 64 replies · 9,317+ views
    HughHewitt.com ^ | 09/10/04 | Hugh Hewitt
    Hi Hugh, I am a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University who has followed the evolution of word processing technology over the past 30 years. A cursory glance at the "Killian documents" shows that they are forgeries, the product of a modern word processing system. Even the most powerful word processing systems available in the early 70's were not designed to produce propotionally spaced documents. Moreover, no mechanical typewriter, even with variable letter widths like the IBM Executive typewriter, could produce precise propotional spacing comparable to a modern word processor. Precise proportional type-setting is a very demanding computational problem....
  • Judge Dismisses Core of Dan Rather Suit

    04/10/2008 10:16:30 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 81 replies · 820+ views
    MediaBistro.Com ^ | April 10, 2008
    Breaking: The judge in Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS has issued a motion to dismiss most of the case. CBS News confirms. Developing... > More: TVNewser has learned most of issues of the lawsuit have been dismissed. What remains is the contract dispute: whether Rather was utilized appropriately in the remaining months of his deal as a correspondent on 60 Minutes. Jim Quinn, lead counsel for CBS tells TVNewser, "We're thrilled with the results. The core of the allegations of fraud and fair dealing have been thrown out. What's left is a garden variety contract dispute." In the meantime, the...
  • It's not Katie...It's CBS...and the death of Celebrity

    04/10/2008 1:04:49 PM PDT · by slackattack19 · 39 replies · 319+ views
    The Uncommon Sense Blog ^ | 4/10/08 | Dan Taylor
    The problem with CBS and Katie Couric is not that the show isn't working. CBS Evening News is a mother on life support and Katie was just stillborn. She never had a chance. Ever since CBS lied about the Bush National Guard story, it has as much credibility as, well....a major news network that makes up news. Small disconnect in that strategy but overcomeable with time except for the fact that CBS, ABC, and NBC are running out of time. All three of the major networks have been losing evening news viewers for the past 10 years in a major...
  • U.S. Military Report on Use of Blogs in Warfare Credits Free Republic

    04/01/2008 7:04:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 79 replies · 2,973+ views
    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | Kristinn
    An unclassified 2006 report by the Strategic Studies Department of the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations University relates the story of how Freepers, followed by others in the blogosphere, took down Dan Rather over the forged Killian memos as a way to demonstrate the growing ability of individuals using the Internet to influence the world at large.The report also discusses the feasibility of "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers" for information warfare and of the reticence the military has toward using the Internet for disinformation campaigns.The report was authored by Maj. James Kinniburgh and Dr. Dorothy Denning. The authors demonstrate...
  • Sailing takes a left turn ("It's like an SDS reunion on the Love Boat")

    03/09/2008 7:58:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,088+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 2, 2008 | Henry Alford
    I'm dancing on the top deck with a 71-year-old feminist and psychotherapist whom I've come to think of as the Twirler. We've spent two days attending seminars on The Nation magazine's Alaska cruise; we've talked about the Bush presidency and prison reform and single-payer health care. Now, at almost midnight, my fiercely intelligent and opinionated new friend is putting all the heady political talk behind her by bodily twirling. "If I start to get dizzy, then I twirl in the opposite direction," Charlotte tells me as the live band revs up its throbbing Motown beat. "I won't fall." "Good, please...
  • CBS bosses hiding truth - Dan Rather

    02/27/2008 6:39:27 AM PST · by abb · 94 replies · 1,125+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | February 27, 2008 | Jose Martinez
    Dan Rather slammed CBS Tuesday for trying to keep his court fight with the network out of the public eye. The newsman - who has filed a $70 million lawsuit against the Tiffany network, where he anchored the "CBS Evening News" for 24 years - said "corporate overlords" are conspiring to withhold several key documents. The 76-year-old was back in Manhattan Supreme Court for a hearing on his suit, which accuses CBS of sidelining him to make nice with the White House following a September 2004 report that questioned President Bush's Vietnam-era military service. Rather left the anchor's chair in...
  • AP Rewrites Rathergate History

    01/13/2008 11:21:27 AM PST · by shove_it · 18 replies · 337+ views
    It looks like the judge in Dan Rather’s lawsuit against CBS may let the case go to trial. But the fascinating thing about this Associated Press article on the case is how they describe the Rathergate scandal—without even mentioning that it was based on fake documents. Rather was removed from his “CBS Evening News” post in March 2005, six months after he narrated a report that said Bush disobeyed orders and shirked some of his duties during his National Guard service. The report also said a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush’s record.
  • Rather's Ruin and the Rise of the Pajamahadeen

    12/12/2007 7:48:02 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 186 replies · 5,261+ views
    ToSetTheRecordStraight.com ^ | December 12, 2007 | Scott Swett and Tim Ziegler
    If any definitive evidence to the contrary of our story is found, we will report it. So far, there is none. — CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never! — Former Iraqi Minister of Information Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, better known as “Baghdad Bob” A coordinated effort Outflanked by the new media tactics of the anti-Kerry veterans groups, much of the establishment media now prepared to focus with laser-like intensity on the military service, not of John Kerry, but of George W. Bush. That decision would lead to the sharpest single confrontation between the...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 11-28-07 ("Rather Speaks On Rathergate")

    11/28/2007 5:29:17 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 78 replies · 334+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | November 28, 2007 | HUffies and PJ-Comix
    I love Rathergate. It is soooo satisfying on soooo many different levels. First of all there is the main player himself, Dan Rather, who is a flat out loon. Over the years it was FUn to watch Dan because you knew that underneath that thin veneer of sanity lurked a raving lunatic who was struggling to break out and frequently did. Then there is the fact that Rather was ultimately brought down by his own bias by using FAKE documents in an attempt to throw the 2004 election away from President Bush. Added to this is the fact that...
  • Dan Rather’s Last Big Story Is Himself

    11/27/2007 10:29:30 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 61 replies · 326+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | November 25, 2007 | Joe Hagen
    Dan RatherÂ’s Last Big Story Is Himself By Joe Hagan Published Nov 25, 2007 If he werenÂ’t famous, heÂ’d be mistaken for a veteran of a long-ago war: khaki safari shirt on his back, scuffed combat boots on his feet, that wiry crest of a brow, rheumy eyes under heavy lids, lower lip jutting out like an ornery fish resisting a hook. When Dan Rather sits on a bench in Central Park to tell how his 44-year career at CBS News ended in ignominy and humiliation, he is in fact still waging a war, a bitter and personal one. And...
  • Dan Rather’s Last Big Story Is Himself (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/26/2007 4:45:31 AM PST · by abb · 55 replies · 220+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | November 25, 2007 | Joe Hagan
    If he werenÂ’t famous, heÂ’d be mistaken for a veteran of a long-ago war: khaki safari shirt on his back, scuffed combat boots on his feet, that wiry crest of a brow, rheumy eyes under heavy lids, lower lip jutting out like an ornery fish resisting a hook. When Dan Rather sits on a bench in Central Park to tell how his 44-year career at CBS News ended in ignominy and humiliation, he is in fact still waging a war, a bitter and personal one. And the memories of the battles that undid him are still fresh on his mind....
  • DAN RATHER VOWED TO LEAK BUSH GUARD DOCS TO NEW YORK TIMES -- IF CBS SPIKED

    10/07/2007 10:27:39 PM PDT · by kcvl · 35 replies · 3,778+ views
    NEW HOWARD KURTZ BOOK STIRS CONTROVERSY... DEVELOPING... WHITE HOUSE FROZE OUT COURIC FOR FIVE YEARS... PRESIDENT MISTAKENLY SHARED CLASSIFIED INFO WITH NEWS ANCHORS... DAN RATHER VOWED TO LEAK BUSH GUARD DOCS TO NEW YORK TIMES -- IF CBS SPIKED...
  • Dan Rather's producer

    09/25/2004 12:40:46 PM PDT · by lancer · 22 replies · 1,071+ views
    www.townhall.com ^ | 9/25/04 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- The executive producer of CBS's "60 Minutes" midweek broadcast, who partially blamed the Bush White House for bogus documents used by Dan Rather, is a former staffer for New York Democrats who was still making political contributions while on the network's payroll. Josh Howard served on the staff of Rep. Stephen Solarz and worked for Sen. Charles Schumer when Schumer was a state assemblyman, a background confirmed by CBS. Federal election reporting records show that Howard, identifying himself as a CBS employee, contributed $1,000 in each of Solarz's last two campaigns for Congress in 1990 and 1992. When...
  • People of Deceit

    10/05/2007 12:32:07 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 7 replies · 822+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/05/2007 | Michael Reagan
    Nothing frightens those who peddle lies than the cold hard light of truth. They react to exposure of their deceits the way vampires react to a having a crucifix held up in front of them. Ever since the birth of conservative talk radio and the Internet ended the liberals’ total monopoly over the news, the left has been simmering with impotence -- over the loss of their absolute control over what the Americans are allowed to see and hear, and their inability to do anything about it. Time and again liberal attempts to sell the nation their shoddy goods have...
  • Blumenthal: 'Almost Certainly' Karl Rove Was Behind Rathergate

    09/28/2007 8:31:38 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 96 replies · 334+ views
    LGF ^ | Sep 27, 2007 | Staff
    The far left’s campaign to rehabilitate the CBS Killian memos and attack the bloggers who discredited them is in full bloom today, as Sidney Blumenthal makes a ludicrous, stupid accusation in an article for Salon.com: Dan Rather stands by his story. "..Within minutes of the conclusion of the broadcast, conservative bloggers launched a counterattack. The chief of these critics was a Republican Party activist in Georgia. Almost certainly, these bloggers, who had been part of meetings or conference calls organized by Karl Rove’s political operation, coordinated their actions with Rove’s office..." Rove? Karl Rove? If only this Blumenthal tool knew...
  • Dan Rather stands by his story

    09/27/2007 2:48:20 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 59 replies · 462+ views
    Salon.COM ^ | 9/27/07 | Sidney Blumenthal
    His lawsuit will attempt to show that CBS tried to suppress the report on Bush's National Guard Service and the Abu Ghraib abuses. By Sidney Blumenthal Dan Rather's complaint against CBS and Viacom, its parent company, filed in New York state court on Sept. 19 and seeking $70 million in damages for his wrongful dismissal as "CBS Evening News" anchor, has aroused hoots of derision from a host of commentators. They've said that the former anchor is "sad," "pathetic," "a loser," on an "ego" trip and engaged in a mad gesture "no sane person" would do, and that "no one...
  • DAN RATHER MAY SEEK TO DEPOSE PRESIDENT BUSH IN LAWSUIT

    09/26/2007 12:06:42 PM PDT · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 141 replies · 229+ views
    Drudge Teaser, "Developing"....
  • Koppel 'Hurts' for Rather 'Travesty'

    09/25/2007 5:07:08 PM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 35 replies · 278+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    From the birds-of-a-feather department comes news that former ABC "Nightline" host Ted Koppel is "hurting" for former CBS anchor Dan Rather. The latter's ouster was a "travesty," Koppel said, on account of the fact that Rather's infamous National Guard story was "much more correct than incorrect." More: “Dan Rather was squeezed out” with such little class from CBS News, Mr. Koppel said today at a forum at Fordham University in New York City that was put on by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The academy tonight presents its annual News and Documentary Emmys. During this evening’s ceremony,...
  • Ted Koppel on Rather Suit: Squeezing Out of Newsman was a ‘Travesty’

    09/24/2007 8:20:26 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 72 replies · 155+ views
    TVWeek.com ^ | 9/24/07 | Chuck Ross
    Calling the ouster of Dan Rather from CBS News in 2006 a “travesty,” newsman Ted Koppel said today that he hopes the $70 million suit filed by Mr. Rather against CBS and Viacom will bring Mr. Rather “relief from his [emotional] pain.” Mr. Koppel said he “hurt” for Mr. Rather, whom he characterized as a friend. Addressing the “60 Minutes” report about President George Bush’s National Guard service that preceded Mr. Rather’s departure from CBS, Mr. Koppel said the story was “much more correct than incorrect.” Mr. Koppel said that those responsible for the incorrect parts of the report deserved...
  • A Rather Controversial Ending (Dan Rather blaming the conspiratorial Right?)

    09/23/2007 2:05:50 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 44 replies · 163+ views
    Newsweek via MSNBC ^ | September 21, 2007 | By Johnnie L. Roberts
    <p>Dan Rather’s $70 million lawsuit alleges there was more to his CBS departure than meets the eye. But former colleagues aren’t convinced.</p> <p>In parts, it reads like a political thriller, with a cast of “right-wing” hit men out to force a powerful journalist to heel. Or a tale of corporate deceit, in which Machiavellian suits sacrifice their own to cozy up to the president of the United States. Or a behind-the-scenes saga of a network news division assembling a story that could help unseat an incumbent president at the polls.</p>
  • Dan Rather's Colleagues Must Be Part Of The Conspiracy

    09/23/2007 7:50:36 AM PDT · by jdm · 2 replies · 251+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | September 23, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Dan Rather's lawsuit at CBS achieved its first purpose; it's put Dan Rather back in the spotlight. After having disappeared into the black hole of HDNet, Rather once again has become noteworthy enough to get an invitation on Larry King Live and the rest of the talkshows. However, if he had hoped to resurrect his reputation with the lawsuit, his colleagues have not been impressed (via QandO): Rather’s former colleagues at CBS have something to say. Take, for example, Don Hewitt, the legendary producer of “60 Minutes.” “Any news organization, print or broadcast, has the right to protect its reputation...
  • Goldberg on Rather: Schadenfreude-on-Steroids

    09/23/2007 7:19:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies · 198+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Yom Kippur, which ended just last evening, Jews quite literally beat their breasts while asking forgiveness for all the sins committed during the previous year. The confessional prayer enumerates literally dozens of different transgressions. But while the syllabus of sin is seemingly comprehensive, there would appear to be one lacuna. Nowhere in the menu of misdeeds does "schadenfreude" appear. We might just have to petition to have it added in time for next year. Because Jonah Goldberg's I’m Rather Grateful is such a delightful dose of schadenfreude-on-steroids as to be as irresistible. Go ahead, read it and enjoy. There'll...
  • Dan Rather Lawsuit Receives Little Support in the MSM

    09/22/2007 4:17:28 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 42 replies · 131+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 22, 2007 | P.J. Gladnick
    With a few notable exceptions such as Tom Shales, Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against CBS is getting almost no support from his fellow journalists in the mainstream media. The MSM attitudes towards Rather and his lawsuit range from sad to downright brutal. In the category of brutal would be a column by Tom Rutten in today's Los Angeles Times with the less than friendly title of "Dan Rather's lawsuit is an act of ego." Dan Rather took the best seat in the house that Murrow built and then left the place a ruin. Now he has returned to torch the rubble....Now, if you...
  • Courage for Dan Rather (Mapes rants!! Worst case of Bush Derangement Syndrome I've seen)

    09/21/2007 5:58:21 AM PDT · by teddyballgame · 45 replies · 83+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9/21/07 | Mary Mapes
    Instantly, the far right blogosphere bully boys pronounced themselves experts on document analysis, and began attacking the form and font in the memos. They screamed objections that ultimately proved to have no basis in fact. But they captured the argument. They dominated the discussion by churning out gigabytes of mind-numbing internet dissertations about the typeface in the memos, focusing on the curl at the end of the "a," the dip on the top of the "t," the spacing, the superscript, which typewriters were used in the military in 1972. It was a deceptive approach, and it worked. These critics blathered...
  • Dan Rather - Old Fart.

    09/22/2007 10:27:36 AM PDT · by Mongeaux · 7 replies · 188+ views
    The Hairy Beast ^ | Saturday, 09/22/2007 | The Hairy Beast
    Poor old Dan Rather is in his dotage. It’s time to take away the matches and the keys. It is no longer safe to allowed him out on his own. He has lurched publicly into the “I’ve-fallen-and-I-can’t-get-up” twilight of advanced age. He has officially become an Old Fart. How do we know this? 1. Still Angry After All These Years. For Old Farts, the outrage they felt over the Smoot-Hawley Tariff is just as fresh today as it was Way Back When. This ire is like a well-aged Gumbo simmering away for decades in their mental pot. It is prone...
  • CBS Can and Should Beat Dan Rather

    09/22/2007 10:32:35 AM PDT · by libstripper · 33 replies · 396+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Sept. 21, 2007 | Roger Aronoff
    Former CBS News anchor and reporter Dan Rather sent shockwaves through CBS and the mainstream media with his dramatic lawsuit against his former employer. On CNN's Larry King Live last night, Rather seemed shaken and very emotional, fighting back tears on several occasions. His legal claims are even shakier. The suit involves how Rather was treated before, during and after the scandal that badly damaged the network back in 2004 and 2005 when it made explosive but false charges, based on phony documents, against President Bush just two months before the presidential election. The story backfired on the network, reconfirming...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 09-20-07 ("Rather Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS")

    09/20/2007 4:17:09 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 77 replies · 245+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | September 20, 2007 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Let's see. Dan Rather promotes a story on the air based on fake documents. To this day he still maintains they haven't been proven as fake despite the fact that the typeface used on the supposed Texas Air National Guard papers did not exist at military bases in the 1970s. As a result, CBS gets rid of Rather. So who does Dan Rather blame for basing a story on fraudulent documents? Himself? Of course not. He is suing CBS for big bucks. No sane person believes that Dan Rather's lawsuit will go anywhere but the leftwing is backing him...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 09-21-07 ("Dan Rather fights back - Sues for being made Scapegoat")

    09/21/2007 5:06:33 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 46 replies · 177+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | September 21, 2007 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    I usually don't post two DUFU editions in a row on the same topic but this time I can't help it. There seems to be a strange notion out there, especially prevalent in the MSM, that while the DUmmies might be over the edge, the KOmmies are somehow thoughtful "progressive" types. Wrong. As this DUFU edition and the previous one show, BOTH the DUmmies and KOmmies are equally delusional. As I have stated many times, KOmmies are nothing but DUmmies with better PR. The KOmmie posts defending Dan Rather in this THREAD titled, "Dan Rather fights back - Sues...
  • 'Hurricane Dan' still blowing hot air

    09/22/2007 4:41:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 427+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2007 | Jonah Goldberg
    n 2004, at the height of the Dan Rather Memogate story, I wrote in National Review: "Across the media universe the questions pour out: Why is Dan Rather doing this to himself? Why does he drag this out? Why won't he just come clean? Why would he let this happen in the first place? Why is CBS standing by him? Why ... why ... why? "There is only one plausible answer: Ours is a just and decent God." Well, God has not forsaken us. Dan Rather seems divinely inspired to crash more times than a Kennedy driving home from an...
  • Dan Rather's lawsuit is an act of ego

    09/21/2007 8:22:21 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 63 replies · 127+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/22/07 | Tim Rutten:
    Dan Rather took the best seat in the house that Murrow built and then left the place a ruin. Now he has returned to torch the rubble. The former "CBS Evening News" anchor has a filed a $70-million suit against the network where he worked for 44 years, alleging that the network breached his contract when it asked him to step out of the anchor's chair and pushed him into broadcast obscurity. CBS did this, the suit contends, because of his role in producing what turned out to be a wholly unsubstantiated "60 Minutes II" segment alleging that a young...
  • Cavuto Nailing Dan Rather Live On Fox

    09/21/2007 1:12:17 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 76 replies · 928+ views
    On Fox Now
  • Dan Rather, CBS, Plus Duke

    09/21/2007 1:59:19 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 50 replies · 298+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 21 September 2007 | John Armor (CongressmanBillybob)
    We’ll get to the latest ethically-blind, unintentional humor at Duke University in a moment. Let’s begin with the same thing as demonstrated in the $70 million case Dan Rather just filed against CBS. The theory of American law is that adversaries – plaintiff and defendant in a civil case – will contest facts, witnesses and experts before the trier of fact (judge or jury) and truth will result. It is not just people like me who’ve been attorneys forever, but also laymen who read the papers, who know this theory sometimes fails in practice. The theory will fail on purpose...
  • Dan Rather Praises Peter Arnett, Claims 'Most People' Believe His Story

    09/21/2007 11:57:10 AM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 93 replies · 674+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Rich Noyes
    On CNN’s Larry King Live Thursday night, Dan Rather insisted that his $70 million lawsuit against CBS was an attempt to save “our democracy” from “big government interference and intimidation in news;” claimed once again that his 2004 60 Minutes story on President Bush’s National Guard service was correct “and I think most people know by now that it was correct;” and charged that CBS’s investigation was “a fraud. It was a setup.” And when Larry King asked him about Peter Arnett — whose career at CNN ended over a fraudulent 1998 report alleging the U.S. murdered defectors and used...
  • Byron York: Return to Rathergate

    09/21/2007 9:24:02 AM PDT · by Jean S · 37 replies · 78+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/21/07 | Byron York
    This has been O.J. week on cable TV. But the most interesting story out of the courts — and the world of TV news — is Dan Rather v. CBS Corporation, Viacom Inc., Leslie Moonves, Sumner Redstone and Andrew Heyward. Rather, the former anchor of the CBS Evening News, is still really, really mad about losing his job in the wake of the George W. Bush/Air National Guard/phony documents story. And now he is telling his version of events in the form of a $70 million lawsuit against his former employers. You remember the story. Aired at the height of...
  • Rather: 'Nobody Has Proved Documents Were Fakes'

    09/21/2007 6:41:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 98 replies · 329+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Partners in deception, partners in denial . . . Earlier today I noted that in her HuffPo column, ex-CBS producer Mary Mapes continues to cling to the delusion that the Memogate documents were authentic. In an inteview on "Morning Joe," Dan Rather has now made a similar reality-denying claim. Mika Brzezinski, who, as was repeatedly pointed out, used to work at CBS and has friends on both sides of the issue, conducted the interview. Bubbles didn't have the gumption to confront Rather with the crux of the issue: the forged documents at the heart of the story. Interestingly, Rather chose...
  • Mapes' Mother-of-all-Rants

    09/21/2007 4:41:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies · 175+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How can I put this nicely? Mary Mapes [file photo] has reality "issues." Three years after she was exposed for having perpetrated one of the worst frauds in the history of presidential-campaign journalism, she continues to paint herself as the victim of a right-wing conspiracy. And incredibly, despite a mountain of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, she clings to the notion that the blatantly forged documents at the heart of the Memogate story were authentic. Mapes's meltdown-in-the-guise-of-a-column appeared in yesterday's Huffington Post. Excerpts from the metaphor-gone-wild "Courage for Dan Rather" [emphasis added]: [We] reaped a whirlwind of right-wing outrage and...
  • Dan Rather’s Conspiracy Theory

    09/21/2007 1:08:18 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 36 replies · 75+ views
    NRO ^ | September 20, 2007 | Byron York
    Dan Rather has been out of the anchor chair at The CBS Evening News for more than two years. There is wide agreement that the story which led to his departure, a report on George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service, was based on fraudulent, or at least unverifiable, documents. CBS commissioned an extensive investigation into the matter, Rather left the network, and the affair seemed over. Until now. Yesterday Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against his old employers, and it is based on a set of astonishing allegations that are sure to bring what became known as “Rathergate”...
  • Dan Rather Sues CBS, Seeking To 'Restore His Reputation'

    09/20/2007 7:29:56 AM PDT · by steve-b · 71 replies · 739+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/20/07 | Howard Kurtz
    In an extraordinary move that reflects the depth of his resentment toward his former network, Dan Rather sued CBS yesterday, charging that he was made a "scapegoat" for a discredited 2004 story about President Bush's National Guard record because CBS wanted to "pacify the White House." CBS management "coerced" the veteran news anchor "into publicly apologizing and taking personal blame for alleged journalistic errors in the broadcast," says the $70 million suit, which also names Sumner Redstone, chief executive of the network's then-parent company, Viacom; CBS Chairman Les Moonves; and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward.... Gold, Rather's lawyer, maintained...
  • Courage!

    09/20/2007 7:27:53 AM PDT · by jdm · 13 replies · 257+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | September 20, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    Dan Rather has had three years to mull over his options after his disastrous participation in Memogate, and he has reached the conclusion that the most wronged person in the debacle was ... Dan Rather. After spending the last three years insisting that the obviously fraudulent memos he broadcast as senior editor of CBS Nightly News have not been proven fakes, he now will sue CBS for $70 million for not participating in his fantasies: Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush’s...
  • Rather's Lawyer: 'Nobody's Proved the Documents Were Forgeries'

    09/20/2007 8:17:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 156 replies · 285+ views
    lgf ^ | Sep 20, 2007 | lgf
    It’s absolutely amazing, but Dan Rather and his lawyers are actually planning to argue in their lawsuit against CBS that the phony memos are genuine. I’m going to say this again just to go on the record: the CBS “Killian” memos are frauds. It has been proven beyond all doubt. It is simply impossible that these documents were created on any machine available in the 1970s. And for Dan Rather to continue insisting they are genuine shows either: 1) a disconnection from reality that borders on the psychotic, or 2) a blatant liar willing to go down in flames rather...
  • Tom 'Dan-Man' Shales on Memogate: 'This So-called Flawed Report'

    09/20/2007 7:23:43 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 85+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "I'm a Dan Man myself, so I tend to look at this from his viewpoints [sic]." -- WaPo media critic Tom Shales, on today's "Morning Joe." It's a morning for candor on "Morning Joe." Earlier, Mika "Bubbles" Brzezinski had admitted that "the SATs were not my strong suit." Later in the show, the notoriously tough-on-conservatives [see, e.g., MRC item #3 here] Tom Shales acknowledged that he has a soft spot for Dan Rather, calling himself a "Dan Man." I'll say. Despite the overwhelming mountain of uncontroverted and incontrovertible evidence, Shales, loyal to Rather to the end, refuses to admit...
  • Rather’s Lawsuit Says CBS Made Him a ‘Scapegoat’

    09/19/2007 5:37:52 PM PDT · by Baladas · 119 replies · 1,413+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 20, 2007 | JACQUES STEINBERG
    Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a lawsuit this afternoon against the network, its corporate parent and three of his former superiors. Mr. Rather, 75, asserts that the network violated his contract by giving him insufficient airtime on “60 Minutes” after forcing him to step down as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in March 2005. He also contends that the network committed fraud by commissioning a “biased” and incomplete investigation of the flawed Guard broadcast...
  • Dan Rather Files Lawsuit Against CBS (The blame game comes full circle)

    09/19/2007 2:24:32 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 29 replies · 47+ views
    Breitbart ^ | sEPT 19, 2007 | By SAMUEL MAULL
    NEW YORK (AP) - Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a "scapegoat" for a discredited story about President Bush's National Guard service. The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the report, says the complaint stems from "CBS' intentional mishandling" of the aftermath of the story. The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, also names CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone, and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. Rather, the former anchorman of the "CBS Evening News," is seeking $20...
  • Dan Rather Sues CBS, Viacom for $70 Million: Report

    09/19/2007 1:26:52 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 23 replies · 74+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 9-19-2007 | Russ Britt
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Ex-CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather has filed a $70 million lawsuit against his former network, parent Viacom Inc. and several of his ex-bosses, claiming they violated his contract and damaged his reputation, a published report said Wednesday.
  • Rather Files $70 Million Lawsuit Against CBS

    09/19/2007 12:30:52 PM PDT · by abb · 249 replies · 1,760+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 19, 2007 | JACQUES STEINBERG
    Dan Rather, whose career at CBS News ground to an inglorious end 15 months ago over his role in an unsubstantiated report questioning President Bush’s Vietnam-era National Guard service, filed a $70 million lawsuit this afternoon against the network, its corporate parent and three of his former superiors. Mr. Rather, 75, asserts that the network violated his contract by giving him insufficient airtime on “60 Minutes” after forcing him to step down as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” in March 2005. He also contends that the network committed fraud by commissioning a “biased” and incomplete investigation of the flawed...
  • September 13, 1944: Thomas Dewey's Reply To President Roosevelt's War Address

    09/13/2007 5:23:01 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 47 replies · 1,523+ views
    Good evening, gentlemen and ladies of America. I speak to you tonight as a patriot, and believe me, I do love our country and honor the servicemen fighting in foreign theatres of war. The plan we are currently pursuing in the theatres of Europe and the Pacific are clearly not working. The President, the generals and soldiers serving in the field may believe the mission is being accomplished, but the results show otherwise.Our President's foolish behavior in provoking our European enemies started by his signing of the "Lend Lease" bill back in 1941. Instead of trying to negotiate with...
  • What Makes a FReeper a FReeper?

    08/21/2007 9:43:30 AM PDT · by Bob J · 266 replies · 5,249+ views
    FR | 8-21-07 | Bob J
    I often wondered what exactly makes a FReeper a FReeper? Is it the simple act of reading articles on FR? Do you have to post articles or replies? To call yourself a FReeper do you need to engage in effective activism like writing letters to politicians, getting out in the street to carry signs, or, is being a FReeper an attitude. If so, what attitude is that? Knock yourself out.
  • Lead Pipes vs. Leaky Pipes (FR extensively mentioned)

    08/05/2007 4:54:00 AM PDT · by Tree of Liberty · 268 replies · 6,653+ views
    Hugh Hewit's blog ^ | August 05, 2007 | Patrick Ruffini, eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee
    The netroots is reveling in Chicago, and the natural reaction is to ask, “Where’s our YearlyKos?” It’s a good question, but ultimately a short-sighted one from an historical perspective. Go back and re-read the TNR piece on the netroots from May. Especially this part: The Democratic leadership and the liberal intelligentsia seemed pathetic and exhausted, wedded to musty ideals of bipartisanship and decorousness. Meanwhile, what the netroots saw in the Republican Party, they largely admired. They saw a genuine mass movement built up over several decades. They saw a powerful message machine. And they saw a political elite bound together...