Without his make-up, Dan looked like hell warmed over: old, defeated, yet angry. And he told our television audience something that just blew me away. American journalists, Dan Rather said, simply may not ask tough questions about George Bush or his wars.
Network's Craven Back-Down on Bush Draft Dodge Report Sure to Get a Standing Rove-ation at White House
“Independent” my ass. CBS' cowardly purge of five journalists who exposed George Bush's dodging of the Vietnam War draft was done under cover of what the network laughably called an “Independent Review Panel.”
The “panel” was just two guys as qualified for the job as they are for landing the space shuttle: Dick Thornburgh and Louis Boccardi.
Dan Rather Feared The Price of “Asking Questions” Before Network's Purge of Investigative Reporters
In response to CBS' craven, cowardly firing of '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes for her story of our President's draft-dodging history, we are reproducing below the comment on one of the other journalists hung from the Bush Family tree. Watch this space for a new commentary to be posted on CBS' dive to the mat.
Shooting the Messenger Doesn't Discredit the Message
When Dan Rather went down for airing a document he couldn't source, he did the courageous thing: blamed someone else.
In this case, Rather and CBS loaded their corporate guilt on a guy you've probably never heard of before, rancher Bill Burkett of Abilene, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Texas Air National Guard.