Monday, November 17, 2008

Dan Rather Lawsuit Gets Interesting

After spending 2 million dollars of his own money Dan Rather has uncovered some very interesting information in his lawsuit against CBS over his firing. You remember of course that his report questioning George W. Bush's service was attacked by the White House. CBS then had an "investigation" which was run by a former Republican attorney general. Rather resigned his job and charges now that the entire investigation was politically motivated, with CBS handing it over pretty much to the Republican Party:

Meanwhile, Mr. Thornburgh, who served as attorney general for both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, was named a panelist by CBS, but only after a CBS lobbyist “did some other testing,” in which she was told, according to Ms. Mason’s notes, “T comes back with high marks from G.O.P.”

Another memorandum turned over to Mr. Rather’s lawyers by CBS was a long typed list of conservative commentators apparently receiving some preliminary consideration as panel members, including Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan. At the bottom of that list, someone had scribbled “Roger Ailes,” the founder of Fox News.

Asked about the assembly of the panel in a sworn deposition, Andrew Heyward, the former president of CBS News, acknowledged that he had wanted at least one member to sit well with conservatives: “CBS News, fairly or unfairly, had a reputation for liberal bias,” and “the harshest scrutiny was obviously going to come from the right.”

They were actually thinking about putting Limbaugh or Coulter on the panel. I think this exposes fully how the so-called "liberal" media operates.