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September 20, 2007

Dan Rather Sues CBS News

The disgraced Dan in happier times.

A true moonbat is both paranoid and pathologically greedy for other people's money. Dan Rather qualifies on both counts, as he sues his former CBS bosses for $70 million for shoving him out the door after he tried to tip the 2004 election to John "Botched Joke" Kerry with a hit piece against President Bush that was based on phony documents.

According to the Dan, his bosses made him a scapegoat for a story that accused Bush of misconduct in the Texas Air National Guard, supposedly to "pacify" the White House. As with the many Democrats in Congress who voted to invade Iraq only because the wicked W made them do it, Dan's attempt to shove forged propaganda down our throats right before an election was actually the fault of higher-ups.

The suit alleges that bigwigs at CBS forced him to apologize against his will. Here's what the Dan said on his program:

The failure of CBS News to … properly, fully scrutinize the documents and their source led to our airing the documents when we should not have done so. It was a mistake. CBS News deeply regrets it. Also, I want to say personally and directly, I'm sorry.

Characteristically, he was lying. Evidently CBS News chief Andrew Heyward was standing off camera with a gun trained on the Dan's head.

When the Dan announced that his career at CBS was over, he claimed it had nothing to do with the Rathergate document scandal. He said:

It's time. It just felt right.

But now he says that too was a lie. CBS had at long last fired him.

Rather claims that his bosses damaged his reputation. At least we can all agree that his reputation has been damaged — beyond any hope of repair. But the Dan has been doing the job himself, not only by basing stories on crudely forged documents, but by indulging the same monstrous ego that gave birth to this lawsuit. The clownishly self-important Rather is probably best known for his aggressive insolence toward American presidents, and for walking off camera in a childish huff, leaving six minutes of dead air.

Even now the Dan is too proud to abandon his Air National Guard hit piece, claiming that CBS is involved in a sinister conspiracy to keep the truth suppressed. The story is said to be fake but accurate, thus meeting the Dan Rather standard of journalism that helped make CBS News the last-place joke it now is.

If people are going to sue each other for damaging reputations, maybe CBS should sue Rather; they were in first place among networks until he took over the anchor chair.

Courage, Dan.

On tips from Wiggins and Charles.

Posted by Van Helsing at September 20, 2007 9:17 AM


Courage, Dan! Or, better yet, go away, Dan! Leave us all in peace -- good-bye, Dan, and good riddance!

Posted by: jc14 at September 20, 2007 11:17 AM

Here's hoping that this moron empties his bank account and mortgages the mansion to pay his legal fees. Spend it all, Dan! Go for it! Pauperize yourself!

Posted by: Kevin at September 20, 2007 12:46 PM

Funny the Duke lacross players are being called greedy for threatening Durham NC with a $30 Million law-suit while Danny wants $70 Million and he wasn't even arrested and charged with rape which doesn't happen when the only person you F is yourself.

Posted by: Gregory at September 20, 2007 1:26 PM

Why doesnt he apply for a job with Hugo Chavez? He can be the Venezuela Evening News anchor. Until Hugo goes mad and has him executed for being a CIA spy.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 20, 2007 5:29 PM

Two men in photographed in their prime for posterity. Now one is on his deathbed and the other's career is dead. Karma's a bitch, ain't it?

Wonder if CBS will fight this or settle out of court? My bet is on settling...they don't need any more bad publicity.

Posted by: Pam at September 20, 2007 6:07 PM

Photo of a leftist shill posing with Hugo Chavez.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at September 20, 2007 7:13 PM

From what I've read/heard, Mr. Blather expected to be given lots of airtime on 60 minutes but was put out when that didn't come to fruition (loss of "expected" income). There was no written contract to this effect mind you. Just some good 'ol boy loose talk around the water cooler. Here's a clue for you Dan: oral contracts don't hold up in court. Case closed.

Posted by: Fellowes at September 20, 2007 8:32 PM

There's a little known saying in business:
"It's not a deal untill you get it down in black and white, and even then, nothing's certain.

Posted by: KHarn at September 21, 2007 4:01 PM