Skip to comments.After 44 years, Dan Rather quits CBS to join small cable channel
Posted on 06/20/2006 6:17:30 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
Dan Rather, one of the giants of American broadcast journalism, is to leave the channel he has worked at for 44 years, for a position at a little watched cable channel. CBS announced yesterday that Rather, 74, would be leaving the channel where he hosted the evening news for 24 years until he stood down last year.
Rather has said in recent days that he was unhappy with the new role being offered him at the channel, where he has covered most of the big stories of the past 40 years, from the Kennedy assassination to the invasion of Iraq.
In September 2004, however, he introduced and subsequently defended a report questioning George Bush's National Guard service during the Vietnam war. The report relied on documents that were revealed as fakes, and in its aftermath Rather stepped down as evening news anchor, taking a reporting role on the 60 Minutes programme. However he has been used only eight times in a year, and complained last week in an interview with the New York Times that he had been given nothing to do for six weeks. Relations with the network appear to have deteriorated when he was offered a contract that included an office and an assistant but no affiliation with any programme.
Rather, who is in negotiations with the HDNet channel to front a weekly interview programme, has spent much of his recent downtime watching the film Good Night and Good Luck, George Clooney's tribute to Ed Murrow and the groundbreaking television reporting of the 50s. He is said to have seen it five times.
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What's the frequency, Kenneth?......... Kenneth?
He's so totally pathetic. Good night, good luck, and good effing riddance.
Let's give it six months, just for laughs, then Old Dan can sing "Thanks for the Memories" ala Connie Chung last week, LOL!
Thanks again Mr. Robinson, for Free Republic! You had a BIG hand in knocking this idiot off his pedestal via the availability of this forum. God Bless You! :)
won't miss him, haven't watched him, hate his creepy guts, and my opinion of CBS has risen to a high of .0000012 on a scale of 1 - 10 for helping him see the door and humiliating him to boot.....
Did he join ALgores channel? It would be a perfect fit.
Their newspapers will be next.
Out with a whimper ... you giant @ss!
You covered the events all right - and spun them with your twisted mind.
Why do you think it is that so many have so little or no respect for you Dan?
Interesting that the Guardian understand the documents were fake, but Dan and Mapes still won't admit it. He did so much bad "reporting" during his years at CBS. I'm glad he was finally brought down and sorry it took so long.
I guess he has too big an ego to simply retire and fade into obscurity.
This reminds me of the producer for nightline who was fired after the segment about the flaming saddle tanks on the Ford F-150's. I heard he ended up editing some paper in Arkansas.
Does "quit" equal "fired" in Guardianspeak?
Morons in charge at CBS were asleep at the switch, and never acted on criticism they knew was valid until it was too late.
Even after Bernard Goldberg (a former CBS reporter) blew the whistle with his book "Bias" did nothing to cause the management at CBS to act.
Can anyone believe now that CBS once trusted Dan Rather and Connie Chung to be their co-anchors and representatives for credibility?
Great! just what we need, Dans wrinkly lying old puss in high def.
Is that the Home Shopping Network?
Mr Rather should be going to jail rather than to another job. His biased reporting of the fake Bush military memos was election tampering IMHO......
I Hope CBS is Next.
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