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Dan Rather: I'm gonna go on fighting CBS
This just in: Dan Rather sat down with Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto a little while ago for an interview that will air in, oh, just about an hour on "Your World."
It's Rather's first on-the-record after a New York court threw out his lawsuit against CBS earlier this week.
Dan says some interesting stuff, but nothing to match this quote:
“No, not bitter, not sad. I am determined, because I believe so strongly the public needs to understand that this effort by large corporations and partisan political people to manipulate the news and people who cover the news is not the American way. Again, whether you're conservative or liberal, big corporations are in bed with big government to influence the news that Americans hear, and that shouldn't be.”
Wow. Dan's become a libertarian. Or blood brothers with Michael Moore.
I can't be sure which (and in fact, this has been a running Dan theme since leaving CBS), but I would have still asked: Well, why didn't you tell us this at any point over the 25 years you were anchor of "Evening News," earning $6-10 mill per?
(Here's another thought: What about Roger Ailes hiring Dan when that guy out in Texas, above, decides he'll never make any money with that "Dan Rather Reports?" I wonder...)
Here's some more outtakes, gratis Fox:
On the lawsuit:“I'm not a lot of things that perhaps I should be, but I'm a fighter. And I got into this knowing it was a long, hard, difficult, against the odds pull (ph). It's still a live case. This isn't over until and unless the New York Court of Appeals says it's over, not CBS lawyers.” “… it is a long, hard fight. And it's always been an odds against fight. The two important points -- despite what CBS and their lawyers would have you believe, it is not over. The New York Court of Appeals gets to decide. And they decide, not CBS' lawyers and their promotion and publicity team.”
On what the odds are of getting the Court of Appeals to take the case: “Well, I don't play the odds. This I know -- it's one and one. We won in the lower court, the trial court. The case was proceeding toward a trial. They one in the Appellate Court…And the way the system works, we go right now to the New York Court of Appeals, if they'll take the case. I'm hopeful that they will and I think they will.”
On CBS’s lawyers saying it’s over and must be dismissed:
“Well, that tells me how afraid they are that we may succeed in the Court of Appeals.”
On people trying to define his career by this case: “Does it concern me? Do I wish it were otherwise? Of course. But you are what your record is -- Kennedy assassination, Vietnam War, Watergate, interviews with Saddam Hussein, being first to broadcast the story of Abu Ghraib…I haven't been perfect. Nobody is. But I have a long career. And I think most people -- you said some people look upon you just by this one incident. I think most people know what the record is…I think they recognize that I'm all news, all the time, tall power, full power, want to break in when news breaks out. I'm a throwback American journalist.”