Dan Rather Not Invited to CBS' JFK Special

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Dan Rather Not Invited to CBS' JFK Special
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 1:31pm

"The 50th-anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination on CBS News won’t include the recollections of its longtime anchor Dan Rather, further proof of the lingering bitterness following Rather’s messy exit and subsequent lawsuit against the network.

Rather helped organize CBS’ plans for President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and as a young reporter was a key component of assassination coverage. Now 82, with his own show on AXS-TV, he’s one of the few reporters on the story that day who’s still active in journalism.

Rather, who later became CBS News’ top anchor for 24 years, will appear on NBC’s Today show on Nov. 22 this year.

“I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something (for CBS),” Rather said. “I can’t say I had any reason for that hope.”

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Do you feel that he should be included, or was his unsubstantiated story of President George W. Bush's military service completely unforgivable? Should CBS ignore him, even with how much a part of the news channel's JFK assassination history he was?

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Fri, 11-08-2013 - 3:28am

He's probably still an embarrassment for his completely unethical behavior.

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 11-14-2013 - 4:05pm

Rather's story wasn't entirely "unsubstantiated".  Unfortunately, rigorous journalism was set aside for the sake of shortcutting to a juicy story.  Rather and his producer were axed.  But.......Bush's National Guard "service" is not a tale of sacrifice, patriotism, and military self-discipline.  More at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1070518/posts  I would like to point out the obvious.  Bush should have reported for his flight physical.  His CO should have made note and taken disciplinary action against Bush--but didn't.  No preferential treatment?  Really?!  But here's where it gets interesting.  Since the CO didn't take action and since Bush didn't get the flight physical,  he "couldn't fly".  Soooo..... he served himself well.  No being caught "pissing hot" due to drug use. NO high profile NG flying absence.  And he slithered his way out of flying missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos because the Guard units then did NOT get sent overseas as they do now.  One more bit of bitter to chew on---it takes a lot of tax payer money to train a pilot.  The GOP prides itself on fiscal responsibility but to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever  asked what it cost for GWB's failure to follow through on Guard training. 

As for claims that Bush was treated like hoipolloi.........phooey.  Anyboy who's been in the military culture knows that RHIP.  Rank hath its privileges.  Doesn't matter whether the rank is civilian or military.  Bush was ever a third rate intellect basking in the reflected glow of his family.  An actor, a player and not even a very good one at that.  

Ironically enough, in the time since you posted the OP, CBS has had to apologize for running a story on Benghazi because......wait for it........the interviewed source was not fully credible.  Also, there is some reason to believe that there was a conflict of interest in the CBS Corporation.  More at http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/11/publisher-pulls-benghazi-book-shelves-after-60-minutes-story-falls-apart/71415/

Mary Mapes (Dan Rather's producer) probably has a sense of vindication.  But I don't see any letup in the effort to keep a bright light shining on what happened in Benghazi for the sake of GOP political advantage even though far far more U.S. citizens died in our "pre-emptive" strike on Iraq--by a factor of over a thousand at the hands of a wannabe "war president" who never had his entitled arse anywhere near a combat zone.    

BTW, this site is near moribund.  If iVillage's strategy was to shrivel member activity by using horrible web design and buggy code, they've done a bangup job.  But please, please, please--don't volunteer to help out the ACA website!