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January 11, 2005
How Does Dan Rather Define "Responsible"?
I've always held that the Killian Memo forgery debacle was about journalistic standards and reporting and not about Dan Rather. That is why I don't refer to it as "Rathergate."
However, I do believe that Dan Rather, as managing editor of CBS News and the main correspondent who vigorously defended the discredited segment on 60 Minutes Wednesday, must shoulder a substantial part of the blame. And it is not just me. Apparently, Dan Rather agrees.
Last September 11th, the LA Times published an interview with Dan Rather concerning the forged Killian memos (Amid Skepticism, CBS Sticks to Bush Guard Story):
Rather said in an interview that CBS worked exhaustively on the story, beginning before the 2000 presidential election.
"We worked hard, we worked long, we dug hard and did our best to be accurate, to authenticate what we could," Rather said. "This story is true, the questions we raised about then-Lt. Bush's National Guard service are serious and legitimate questions."
He topped this with:
Although many others helped report and corroborate the story, Rather said, "I'm of the school, my name is on it, I'm responsible." [emphasis added]
I wonder how Dan Rather defines "responsible"?
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