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Dan Rather


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July 2009: 'Dan Rather won significant victories Tuesday in his suit against his former network, CBS. He won access to more than 3,000 documents that his lawyer said were expected to reveal evidence that CBS had tried to influence the outcome of a panel that investigated his much-debated “60 Minutes” report about former President George W. Bush’s military record.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/business/media/22rather.html

July 2008: 'The chief executive of CBS and the former president of CBS News have agreed to answer questions from lawyers for Dan Rather, who has accused the network of violating his contract by giving him little to do after forcing him off the “CBS Evening News” in 2005.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/18/arts/television/18rath.html

October 2007: "Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr. (born October 31, 1931) is the former longtime anchor for the CBS Evening News and is now managing editor and anchor of a television news magazine, Dan Rather Reports, on the cable channel HDNet. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for exactly 24 years, from March 9, 1981 to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS' 60 Minutes. Rather left the anchor chair in 2005 and the network itself in 2006. On September 19, 2007, Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit against the network, its former parent company Viacom Inc., and three of his former bosses. Rather said he was denied airtime on 60 Minutes, among other complaints outlined in the lawsuit, CBS Radio reported."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Rather

September 2004: CBS anchor Dan Rather acknowledged for the first time yesterday that there are serious questions about the authenticity of the documents he used to question President Bush's National Guard record last week on '60 Minutes.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A24633-2004Sep15.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) 60 Minutes Source Nov 13, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) CBS News Source Sep 28, 2007
Opponent (past or present) Fairness in Media Organization Nov 7, 2012
Opponent (past or present) Sen. Jesse Helms Person Nov 7, 2012
Subordinate of (past or present) Don Hewitt Person Feb 4, 2008

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Jul 21, 2009 Rather Wins Access to Thousands of Documents in Suit Against CBS

QUOTE: Mr. Rather filed suit against CBS in September 2007, charging that his career had been damaged by what he called a politically biased report from the panel....He won access to more than 3,000 documents that his lawyer said were expected to reveal evidence that CBS had tried to influence the outcome of a panel that investigated his much-debated “60 Minutes” report about former President George W. Bush’s military record.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2008 CBS Chiefs to Testify in Rather Suit

QUOTE: The chief executive of CBS and the former president of CBS News have agreed to answer questions from lawyers for Dan Rather, who has accused the network of violating his contract by giving him little to do after forcing him off the “CBS Evening News” in 2005.

New York Times
Jan 07, 2008 Can You Count on Voting Machines?

QUOTE: n the last three election cycles, touch-screen machines have become one of the most mysterious and divisive elements in modern electoral politics. Introduced after the 2000 hanging-chad debacle, the machines were originally intended to add clarity to election results. But in hundreds of instances, the result has been precisely the opposite: they fail unpredictably, and in extremely strange ways; voters report that their choices “flip” from one candidate to another before their eyes; machines crash or begin to count backward; votes simply vanish.

New York Times
May 14, 2007 Is It the Woman Thing, or Is It Katie Couric?

QUOTE: Eight months into Katie Couric’s job as the first woman to anchor a network newscast on her own, her “CBS Evening News”.... had its worst performance [ever]. Ms. Couric’s defenders ask whether a man taking the CBS job would have had his looks, hair, and clothes commented on in the same way as Ms. Couric’s. Or if a single male anchor’s social life would be almost daily fodder for the tabloids.

New York Times
Sep 22, 2004 CBS Launches Investigation of Guard Documents Story

QUOTE: CBS News turned to a former attorney general and a retired wire-service executive today to lead an independent probe of how it botched its story on President Bush's National Guard service...

Washington Post
Sep 16, 2004 Rather Concedes Papers Are Suspect: CBS Anchor Urges Media to Focus On Bush Service

QUOTE: CBS anchor Dan Rather acknowledged for the first time yesterday that there are serious questions about the authenticity of the documents he used to question President Bush's National Guard record last week on "60 Minutes."

Washington Post
Feb 18, 2002 First, the Bad News

QUOTE: "I know of no instance in which we have reached back almost three decades and made a news story of a consensual, extramarital affair involving someone in public life."

Washington Post
Jan 19, 2002 Liberal Bias is Real

QUOTE: ...despite what many in the big-time media think, bias is an issue that resonates -- mainly with conservatives, to be sure, but also with liberals.

Washington Post