Originally posted by AP/CNN.comDan Rather, embattled anchor of the "CBS Evening News," announced Tuesday that he will step down in March, on the 24th anniversary of taking over the job from Walter Cronkite.
The veteran anchor has been under fire in recent months for his role in a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story that questioned President Bush's service in the National Guard, which turned out to be based on allegedly forged documents.
Rather, 73, said he will continue to work for CBS, as a correspondent for both editions of "60 Minutes."
He made no mention of the National Guard story in announcing the change, saying he had agreed with CBS executives last summer that after the November 2 election would be the right time to leave.
"I have always been and remain a `hard news' investigative reporter at heart," he said. "I now look forward to pouring my heart into that kind of reporting full time."
CBS did not mention a potential successor for Rather, who has been at CBS for more than four decades and made his name as a reporter covering the Nixon White House.
Whatever happened to the "investigation"/kangaroo court regarding Rather's fabrications, anyway?
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#5 Posted on 23.11.04 1522.21 Reposted on: 23.11.11 1525.30
Yes, good riddance to an embarassment of the journalism community. Speaking of Strawmen, if we could only get the majority of Fox News to take his cue...
The worst thing about this is that strings were pulled to get Bush into the Guard and Bush was possibly AWOL or at least in derilection of duty, not to mention repeated misinformation coming from the White House on the matter, and Dan Rather goes and tanks the whole freakin' story with a FORGED document when there are plenty of UNFORGED documents to use because he's part of the Liberal Media or a Conservative Operative, depending on which wing of the nuthouse you live in. Either way, he's a shitty journalist and I'm glad he's going the way of the dinosaur.
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#7 Posted on 23.11.04 1646.13 Reposted on: 23.11.11 1647.32
This means only 1 more NCAA Basketball Season/NCAA Basketball Tournament for Dan to interrupt in order to invent expressions that no one understands. The demise of Rather is really the end of the Johnsonian Texas Democrats.