Rather - Continued 1From The National Review: & right on the mark for Rather's "resignation....." See my earlier post below!
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FIRST THOUGHTS ON RATHER'S DEPARTURE: THE SAURONIC EYE IS MORE THAN A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT
I guess I should be excited.
CBS will say that Rather's departure has nothing to do with the infamous memo story that was based on the unreliable word of Bill Burkett and a photocopied document that looked like it was printed out last Tuesday. They will say it has nothing to do with his stubborn refusal to retract the story when the facts were clear, when the skepticism of CBS' own document experts was revealed, when the obsessive agenda of Mary Mapes was revealed.
They'll say this has nothing to do with the calls for his resignation from the Pajamahadeen.
And maybe if the memo story hadn't happened, maybe Dan Rather would have retired anyway.
But I have my doubts.
And now I really want to see the results of that CBS internal investigation.
There's no way CBS will face the music and admit that the "60 Minutes II" story was a cheap-shot, amateur, sloppy, partisan, nasty, half-witted bit of hackery and that the guys in pajamas ran rings around them. If it was, they wouldn't be letting Rather stay on to keep doing "60 Minutes II" reports.
And they wouldn't be delaying his "Evening News" departure until March.
No, the arrogant suits at CBS are going to ignore the hard, accurate work of the blogs, the scolding from other media, the blatant culture of bias, cynicism, and disregard for the facts that has taken root in the news division. To face the music would be too hard.
Since the election, we have seen many liberal voices and leaders of the Democratic party throw a tantrum and dismiss those who disagree with them as rubes and idiots. Now we're seeing the same thing from CBS, ignoring the criticism from the blogs and claiming this is just a scheduled changing of the guard.
Not good enough, Sauronic Eye! This is long overdue, and we still want answers on how that memo story made it to air! And why it took so long for you guys to admit that it was fake!
And do you want to apologize to President Bush? It was his reputation you were trashing based on fake evidence.
We just had our intelligence insulted.