The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

27 January 2005

RaTHergate Staffers Refuse to Quit CBS

Probably the mistake here was in not firing them outright, as with Mapes.

Put yourself in their shoes for a moment: you're asked to resign, but under what terms? Will you ever work again? You haven't been terminated and it's a union shop.

On top of that ringleader Dan Rather is still there delivering the news each evening.

Would you quit or fight for every last day of employment? This isn't about sympathy, just what I think is going on behind the scenes.

(New York Post)
January 27, 2005 -- THE three CBS News execs asked to resign earlier this month over the embarrassing Memogate scandal still haven't quit. Instead, they've hired lawyers. Unlike veteran producer Mary Mapes — who was fired outright for using bogus documents in a George Bush-bashing Dan Rather report on "60 Minutes" — the three were asked for their resignations. CBS is still waiting. Sources say Josh Howard, Betsy West and Mary Murphy are no longer coming into the office and could be threatening wrongful dismissal lawsuits as they negotiate severance packages. A spokesman said, "CBS refuses to comment on speculation."


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