Thursday, June 15, 2006

It seems that Dan “Fake But Accurate” Rather will have a lot more time to verify the authenticity of George Bush’s National Guard documents (an effort that to date has been matched only by OJ Simpson’s search “for the real the killers” in its intensity and progress). According to Howard Kurtz, CBS is going to give the lefty MSM dinosaur the heave-ho before the end of the year. (And why do I believe when it does happen that the New York Times headline will be “Unemployment Rate Rising Under Bush Administration”?)

CBS executives have decided there is no future role at the network for Dan Rather, making it certain that the man who sat in the anchor chair for 24 years will depart by this fall.

These executives recognize Rather’s contributions over four decades and are not trying to boot him because of the controversy surrounding his botched story on President Bush and the National Guard, say network sources who declined to be named while discussing a sensitive personnel matter.

Rather has said several times that “my best work is still ahead of me.” He is described by friends as hurt and puzzled by the attitude of CBS management.

I can just picture Dan sitting at an chair in an empty TV studio, but instead of saying “Courage”, he is repeating “Puzzled”. Hey Dan, buddy, let me help you out with this.

Dear Dan:

The reason your on your way out is because in your bias you were so excited to think you had the goods that would bring down a conservative President that you and Mary Mapes got snookered by a kook who faxed you stuff from a Kinko’s in Abilene.

What’s worse, you stuck by that story for weeks after it had been blown out of the water. And even then in your supreme arrogance and blinded by Bush hatred you continued to insist that the story was “fake, but accurate”. Sorry Danno, but you failed miserably, and to wonder why it is that they want you the hell out of there shows just how incompetent you’ve become. Thankfully the “new media” is out there, because just 5 years ago Rather’s fraud might not have been uncovered.

It’s sure to stick in your craw every day that it was a group of “the great unwashed” (a/k/a those not in the MSM) that brought you down. And you know what? Instead of blaming the messenger you should look at yourself and realize that what brought you down was your own hubris, arrogance, and letting your personal desire to believe the story cloud whatever objectivity you had.

Rather you got famous, in part, for standing up to Richard Nixon at a press conference. In his final days in office Nixon was said to be wandering the White House having “conversations” with paintings of his predecessors. Somehow I can picture you, Danno, doing something similar, screaming about his getting fired while Karl Rove remains free to beat Democrats in elections.



You know that old saying “Life’s not fair”? In most cases it’s true. But there are exceptions to every rule. And Dan Rather getting fired is one of those exceptions.