Carol Platt Liebau: Crybaby

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Crybaby

Dan Rather is suing CBS for $70 million.

Whoever gave Rather legal advice that this case had merit has some explaining to do. In order to support his dubious legal claims of breach of contract and fraud, he's done more to demean his own image than CBS has -- as the linked piece points out, in his legal filings, Rather portrays himself as a patsy who was nothing more than the lapdog of the network. If that's the case, then Rather's carefully crafted persona as a hard-charging journalist was nothing more than ridiculous posturing. If it's not, then he's lying in order to win lots of money from CBS.

Remarkably absent from any of this is any sense that Rather takes any responsibility for what he's said and done on the air. It's a sad, but perhaps all too revealing, insight into the state of MSM "journalism" today.

3 Comments:

Blogger Earth to Carol said...

How absurd, of course his case has merit and he will likely win a significant amount of his claim.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Chepe Noyon said...

Ms. Liebau, have you read the contract that defined the relationship? Have you read the filings in the lawsuit? If not, then how can you offer any informed comment on the lawsuit?

8:20 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

I don't know for certain, but Dan Rather might have a case here. It centers on Thornburgate. Rather had a story that showed both George W. Bush and his father in a bad light.

The story said that Bush senior pulled strings to keep his son out of the Viet Nam war. Nothing criminal was implied, but in light of George W. Bush's enthusiasm for war with Iraq, pointed up a hypocracy.

After some protestations about the story (some real, some manufactured), CBS launched an "investigation" that implied that Rather had not done his homework. he was then hung out to dry by the network.

The investigation was headed by Richard Thornburgh, the senior Bush's attorney general. It's highly doubtful, considering his strong political leanings and close ties to the Bush dynasty, that this man was able to conduct a full and fair investigation.

1:23 PM  

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