The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

12 January 2005

Is Dan Rather Fanning the Flames of the RaTHergate Story?

Rather himself seems to be the person most responsible for keeping this story from fading into the sunset along with his career. Remember first that Rather had an unusually active role in pushing this story along.

His response shows no genuine remorse, makes no apology and is vague as to what he thinks should change to prevent future news room ethics scandals.

And yet, it's very honest. News environments can be cold, mean, unsympathetic and downright hostile. Rather and other news room mega-egos really don't care who gets fired or for what reason, not even when they cause the problem in the first place. Better them than me.

(World Net Daily)
CBS News anchor Dan Rather responded to the network's independent-panel report with "sadness and concern" for the four colleagues who lost their jobs but offered no apology for his part in the story on President Bush's National Guard service based on phony documents.

Dan Rather

"The panel report is part of a process -- a necessary process to deal with a difficult issue -- at the end of which four good people have lost their jobs," said Rather, who noted he read the entire 234-page report.

"My strongest reaction is one of sadness and concern for those individuals whom I know and with whom I have worked," he said. "It would be a shame if we let this matter, troubling as it is, obscure their dedication and good work over the years."


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