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The $70 Million Dollar Goat: fmr. CBS News Anchor Dan Rather Sues Network...

ZahaladeenZahaladeen Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
...for his gaffe regarding the President Bush reserve drill story. You can find the story regarding Mr. Rather here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ROO8DG1&show_article=1

I had a source tell me once that Taco Bell sold Mexican blood-suckers. I wrote it up, but it came back that the Chalupa was actually a tasty combination of fried flat bread, cheeses, and industrial grade-D meat.

I was fooled, but I wasn't angry. Just hungry.

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Zahaladeen wrote: »
    ...for his gaffe regarding the President Bush reserve drill story. You can find the story regarding Mr. Rather here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ROO8DG1&show_article=1

    I had a source tell me once that Taco Bell sold Mexican blood-suckers. I wrote it up, but it came back that the Chalupa was actually a tasty combination of fried flat bread, cheeses, and industrial grade-D meat.

    I was fooled, but I wasn't angry. Just hungry.

    When this happened it made me curious... I mean, do news anchors typically write their own stories? I always thought they just read whatever got handed to them. If that's the case, why WOULD Dan Rather be to blame for it?

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    MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    God, what a douche. $50 million in punis? JESUS.

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    SenjutsuSenjutsu thot enthusiast Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Close the barn door Mabel and get on you best sunday suit, because this lawsuit has more $$$ associated with it than Dan Rather has folksy expressions.

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    ZahaladeenZahaladeen Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Sentry wrote: »
    Zahaladeen wrote: »
    ...for his gaffe regarding the President Bush reserve drill story. You can find the story regarding Mr. Rather here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ROO8DG1&show_article=1

    I had a source tell me once that Taco Bell sold Mexican blood-suckers. I wrote it up, but it came back that the Chalupa was actually a tasty combination of fried flat bread, cheeses, and industrial grade-D meat.

    I was fooled, but I wasn't angry. Just hungry.

    When this happened it made me curious... I mean, do news anchors typically write their own stories? I always thought they just read whatever got handed to them. If that's the case, why WOULD Dan Rather be to blame for it?

    To answer your question re: "RatherGate" visit: http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents

    As for wether or not he should or shouldn't be accountable, it's kind of a mixed bag in all honesty. At the higher levels, the real journalism is done by the producers. A good example of this is the movie - and one of my favorites - 'The Insider' about how 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman broke the tobacco conspiracy back in the 80's while Mike Wallace really just lended advice occasionally.

    But you have to figure that a guy with that kind of hubris - Wallace or Rather - has the final say about wether they run it or not.

    My personal opinion is that Rather got scammed, but was planning on retiring soon anway and is miffed regarding his legacy to the proffession. I don't think he really wants the $$ as much as he wants his good name.

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    MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Sure they made a mistake, but did they intentionally muddy his good name? He's associated with CBS forever now, why the hell would they do that?

    Dude's trying to shove blame onto someone else in the public eye. There's no way this suit goes anywhere.

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    monikermoniker Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Sentry wrote: »
    Zahaladeen wrote: »
    ...for his gaffe regarding the President Bush reserve drill story. You can find the story regarding Mr. Rather here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ROO8DG1&show_article=1

    I had a source tell me once that Taco Bell sold Mexican blood-suckers. I wrote it up, but it came back that the Chalupa was actually a tasty combination of fried flat bread, cheeses, and industrial grade-D meat.

    I was fooled, but I wasn't angry. Just hungry.

    When this happened it made me curious... I mean, do news anchors typically write their own stories? I always thought they just read whatever got handed to them. If that's the case, why WOULD Dan Rather be to blame for it?

    Go fuck yourself, San Diego.

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    ZahaladeenZahaladeen Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I heard him on NPR driving to work as he did an imitation of the Guiness commercials while commenting on the situation in Iraq.

    I pulled over and sobbed for five minutes.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Wasn't there a document expert from the network who vouched for the veracity of the documents?

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    IShallRiseAgainIShallRiseAgain Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Thinatos wrote: »
    Wasn't there a document expert from the network who vouched for the veracity of the documents?

    I seem to remember that the guy actually wasn't a documents expert or at least couldn't properly verify those documents. It was from a long time ago, and I'm too lazy to look it up.

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    Professor PhobosProfessor Phobos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    The really funny thing is, those fake documents contained true information. For that reason I've always kind of suspected it was an incredibly cunning ploy by Karl Rove.

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    MrRezisterMrRezister Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    The really funny thing is, those fake documents contained true information. etc.

    Which might make one wonder - why fake the documents and/or allow them on air in the first place? Is it because a) the network distrusts the intelligence of it's audience, or b) the evidence does not support the conclusion?

    Since said information is true, then plenty of actual, un-falsified evidence should be easy enough to come by, right?

    Unfortunately for Mr. Rather, he has already made his apologies on air, thus forever linking his name to this "scandal". It seems likely that the network will have access to a plentitude of witnesses willing to point at Dan in the courtroom, which is going to make his new position difficult to defend.

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    Professor PhobosProfessor Phobos Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    MrRezister wrote: »
    The really funny thing is, those fake documents contained true information. etc.

    Which might make one wonder - why fake the documents and/or allow them on air in the first place? Is it because a) the network distrusts the intelligence of it's audience, or b) the evidence does not support the conclusion?

    Presumably, CBS thought they were genuine. There's no other way to explain their rationale for airing them, unless they A. Decided to fake evidence for ratings, which doesn't jive with CBS' history and B. Decided to do so badly enough amateur bloggers could nail them to the wall and laugh at them. As to whoever faked the documents, it was probably an overzealous Bush opposer who figured a set of documents confirming what we'd already more-or-less established would help Bush lose the election. It may have been an exceedingly cunning Republican move to preemptively counter the "But Bush barely even did what he was obligated to do for the national guard!" by attaching that talking point to fraudulent documents, thereby poisoning the well.
    Since said information is true, then plenty of actual, un-falsified evidence should be easy enough to come by, right?

    Right, exactly. The documents only confirmed what we already knew about Bush's national guard service and what we've learned since. Which is the most bizarre and frustrating thing about the whole thing- Kerry got Swift Boated, and all kinds of questions about his service got raised up and seriously discussed, even though their claims had been discredited, but Bush, with legitimate blank spots in his, let's face it, lackluster "military record" gets off without a scratch.

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