Fat Steve's Blatherings

Friday, March 11, 2005

Today's Rathergate Entertainment

      I begin to understand the Roman Coliseum's gladitorial contests.  Cruel, yes, but watching blood spill can be fascinating.

      CBS News has been sued by one of its employees, demoted for allegedly failing to do her duty in the Rathergate story.  Esther Kartinger, 67, claims defamation of character and age discrimination.  She disputes the charge that she failed to do her job in vetting the 'Bush was AWOL' story.  Ah, what a lovely can of worms this will open, as Kartinger's attorney digs through CBS internal documents.

      Unless of course CBS settles with unseemly haste.  In which case, Heyward and Mapes will be encouraged to sue.  Unless CBS settles with them, too, in which case it will be transparently obvious to everyone except the Main Stream Media that they're desperately covering up.

      And those are the GOOD outcomes.  With luck, it will be worse for all concerned.

      Meanwhile, the New York Times kicks Rather when he's down here.:
Mr. Rather prides himself on his toughness, but his last days on the job mostly revealed his hunger to explain himself in the wake of the flawed "60 Minutes" report about President Bush's National Guard service that tainted his and CBS's reputations and forced him out a year earlier than he had intended. In his last few broadcasts, and most noticeably in last night's hourlong tribute on CBS, "Dan Rather: A Reporter Remembers," Mr. Rather insistently wrapped himself in the romance of the old-fashioned reporter equipped with only a passport, notebook and trenchcoat. Toward the end of the tribute, Mr. Rather said, somewhat wistfully, "When I walk down the street, I want people to say, there goes a real reporter."

Naturally, when people notice him, they will say there is that famous former network anchor.

      Danny, a real reporter would have tried to verify those memos before broadcasting a show based on them.  And when he was called on it, a real reporter would have tried to track down the 1972 typewriter that supposedly produced them, and revealed to the world what he found.

Mr. Rather's attempts to defend himself, however, spoke more of an aging anchor's self-delusion than self-knowledge. "Too much passion melded to loving the work leads to making mistakes," Mr. Rather said in the hourlong tribute. "I would rather have too much than not enough."

The mistake that led to last night's premature farewell was more mundane than that. The final indignity for Mr. Rather wasn't just that his career ended on a mistake, but that the flawed "60 Minutes" story trapped him in the role he most despised: an overextended news reader who relied, too blindly, on the shoddy reporting of his producers.

      YEESH!  Be kinder to kill the old fraud.

(Hat tip: James Taranto)



  • Dan knew the fake memos were fake before he went on the air. Both the wife and son of the dead man told him they were fake. Rather just wanted to smear America so bad that he took a chance that no one would know what a man dead 22 years really would say.
    Rod Stanton

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:15 AM  

  •       Well, Rod, here I disagree with you.

          I think Mapes and Rather are so stupid that they didn't realize the memos were fake.  Instead, blinded by the thought of knocking W. out of office, their minds just shut down.

          If they'd known the memos were forgeries, they'd have done better.  Probably someone would have had sense enough to secure an old typewriter and make copies that weren't so obvious.

          No, I don't think it's hit them yet that they were conned.  In fact, I think their pride is now involved, to the point that they can't admit to themselves they were wrong.

          But regardless, I think this will supply us with more opportunities to laugh at their pain.



    By Blogger Stephen M. St. Onge, at 12:32 AM  

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