After trying to fake the facts about President George W. Bush’s record in the National Guard in order to promote his own liberal biases against the former President, Dan Rather was pushed into early retirement. The episode was called memo gate and it was a shameful example of bias and a total lack of journalistic integrity. It involved a decision by Dan Rather to run with falsified reports of the former President’s service record which asserted that George W. Bush failed to fulfill his service commitment to the Air National Guard during the early 70’s.
Dan Rather and his staff aggressively pursued and then ran with the story without ever verifying the legitimacy of the documents which were later found to have been forgeries. Between the lack of standards applied to the research of Rather’s report and the timing of the report during the 2004 presidential elections largely indicated not just a breach of journalistic integrity and decency but as a blatant example of media bias.
The controversy forced CBS, the network which featured Dan Rather, in a difficult spot and by the end of the 2004 election year, Rather was forced into an early retirement as the most respectful way to get rid of the a prominent but discredited newsman.
The early exit angered Dan Rather, but few could legitimately defend his illegitimate conduct and actions and so he had no choice but to leave. Disgruntled by the situation and the fact that his controversial career had come to an end on such an auspicious, sour note, Rather tried to sue CBS over the matter and to also redeem his shameful reputation.
Well today the New York Sate Appelate Court concluded that Rather has no leg to stand on and that he is culpable for the entire incident and that CBS bears no unjust penalty for the way in which Dan Rather ended his career with them . Thecourt dismissed his case and his chance for the $70 million in damages that he was suing CBS for.
Not one to give up, Rather’s reach for the rehabilitation of his reputation will continue as he seeks another appeal to this this decision. But hopefully, if there really is any truth in justice, the real facts and documents involved in Rather’s shaky appeal will prevail over the falsified facts and records that Rather has been proven to run with. In the end, hopefully not only he will he not profit from his wrongdoing but maybe he will actually have to suffer the consequences of his deception and forever remain a disgraced and biased member of the lamestream media’s liberal elite.