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Thursday, July 13, 2006
Dan Rather Still A Stranger To Reality
by Cordeiro
For those of you who just can't get enough of the former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather, the legend in his own mind surfaced yesterday on the only show aired by CNN which gathers any quantifiable ratings - Larry King Live.

Newsbusters has video of the event #1 here and #2 here.

Let's get one thing straight here. Rather didn't retire of his own volition. He was unceremoniously canned by CBS. Why? Because of his stalwart defense of the W Air National Guard story which was entirely based on documents proven to be forgeries less than 10 minutes after they were made public. The fact of the forgeries is not in dispute by anyone other than Dan Rather and his co-conspirator in the form of former CBS producer Mary Mapes.

Wisdom from Rather:

Rather: I meant every word of it. In that the, we had a lot, a lot of corroboration, of what we broadcast about President Bush's military record. It wasn't just the documents. But it's a very old technique used, that when those who don't like what you're reporting believe it can be hurtful, then they look for the weakest spot and attack it, which is fair enough. It's a diversionary technique.

King: You're saying that was a fair report, I mean that was -- you believe that report to this day?

Rather: Do I believe the truth of the story? Absolutely.
Sure Dan. Part of my lineage can be traced through Missouri. Show me. Oh yeah, if you could have done that, Lurch Kerry would be president and you'd still be anchoring the CBS Evening News.

Add a little bit of former CBS News producer Mary Mapes from a HuffPo piece last month:

Page Six restates the conservative canard that our report "was found to be based on forged documents." That is just not true, no matter how many times Page Six or the Washington Times or some bitter conservative blogger repeats it.
Both Rather and Mapes share one common trait - they are both strangers to the reality in which most of us have to live and function.

Here endeth the lesson.
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