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CBS News Says Dan Rather Is Leaving

By JACQUES STEINBERG
Published: June 20, 2006



Dan Rather and CBS News announced today that they had agreed to end his career at the network, 44 years after he first went to work there and five months before his current contract as a correspondent on "60 Minutes" was due to expire.

In a press release that extended to five pages, Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, paid tribute to Mr. Rather, noting that the timeline of his journalism career ? from the Kennedy assassination and the war in Vietnam to Watergate, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq ? mirrored the highlights of world history over the last half century.

"Of all the famous names associated with CBS News, the biggest and brightest on the marquee are Murrow, Cronkite and Rather," Mr. McManus said in the statement, invoking Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, two other men who could lay legitimate claim to being the face of CBS News over the years. "With the utmost respect, we mark the extraordinary and singular role Dan has played in writing the script of not only CBS News, but of broadcast journalism."

But beneath the kind words and gestures ? including the network's plans to present a prime-time special about Mr. Rather this fall, and to make a donation in his name to his alma mater, Sam Houston State University in Texas ? a smoldering anger was palpable, particularly in a statement that Mr. Rather issued through a publicist several hours after the network announced he was leaving.

"My departure before the term of my contract represents CBS's final acknowledgement, after a protracted struggle, that they had not lived up to their obligation to allow me to do substantive work there," he said.

Mr. Rather was referring to his contention, as expressed in several interviews in recent days, that he had been given far too little to do as a reporter on "60 Minutes" since stepping down as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" last year, in the wake of a reporting scandal.

Though Mr. Rather had eight reports broadcast on "60 Minutes" since last fall ? including segments from China, North Korea and Beirut ? he argued that other correspondents had more than twice as many segments appear, often with far better promotion.

In a moment of generational transition for "60 Minutes," Mike Wallace and Mr. Rather are leaving the program, and Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper will join it this fall.

Mr. Rather said he had turned down the only offer the network had made for future employment ? an office and a secretary at CBS News, but no affiliation with any of its programs. "It just isn't in me to sit around doing nothing," Mr. Rather said in his statement. "So I will do the work I love elsewhere."

In an earlier interview with The New York Times, Mr. Rather said he was seriously weighing an offer to develop a weekly interview program on HDNet, a high-definition channel that was created, in part, by Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

In his statement today, Mr. Rather said he was still deciding what he would do next. Asked in an email today if Mr. Rather had signed a contract that was sent to him recently, Mr. Cuban responded: "Nothing new to report." The deal with HDNet would also include aseries of documentaries for HDNet,

Asked today about Mr. Rather's complaints that he had been effectively sidelined in recent months, Mr. McManus said he did not wish to debate Mr. Rather. "Our statement stands," Mr. McManus said. "His certainly stands."

Representatives for Mr. Rather and CBS had been talking since at least 2003 about when he might end his time in the anchor chair with Mr. Rather preferring to set a date of March 9, 2006, which would have been his 25th anniversary in the job. But his hand was effectively forced in the fall of 2004 when the network backed away from a report Mr. Rather had done for "60 Minutes II" that sought to raise new questions about President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service. Network officials said then that they could not authenticate documents that underpinned the report.

Mr. Rather announced, even before an independent panel had completed its post-mortem on the ill-fated Guard report, that he would step down as anchor in March 2004. His contract stipulated that he would automatically become a correspondent on "60 Minutes."

In his statement today, Mr. Rather expressed gratitude for the work of his many CBS colleagues over the years, but lamented some of the trends in journalism, including, he said, "the 'corporatization' of news and its effects on news content."

Mr. Rather's successor as interim anchor of the "CBS Evening News," Bob Schieffer said in an interview today that Mr. Rather would be forever known as "one of the major figures in American journalism in the 20th Century."

"Dan was larger than life," said Mr. Schieffer, a fellow Texan who was planning to pay tribute to Mr. Rather on tonight's newscast. "His successes were sometimes larger than life. And his mistakes were sometimes larger than life."


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I got mixed feelings on Dan Rather. I think he was one of the most Biased journalists to ever sit in the anchor chair.


On the other hand, I think he was a very sincere man, and that his only goal was to be the best journalist he could be. I think that he let his politics get in the way of that, but it's my opinion only. Still kind of like the guy. He was an icon for so long.


One part of me takes a twisted pleasure that he "went up against Dubbs" with that bogus story, and hit a brick wall. A Brick wall that ended his long career. But at the same time, I see that he thought it was correct, or he wouldn't have aired it. I think maybe he wanted it so bad, he let himself believe it. I can't really fault him.


So, on one hand, I'm happy he is gone from CBS, but on the other hand, kind of sad for him too. He did have a very long and distinguished career, to bad he went out on a bad note.


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Pssssssssssst... Dave! Come here. *whispers* I blame it all on the Nazi's.

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On a more serious note... Dan Rather has had a very distinguished career. It's sad... but, maybe it's time for him to step down and allow someone else that seat.

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I too believe that Rather was completely unaware of his bias. That was a central point of Bernard Goldberg with his book BIAS . The fact that Rather's bias caught up with him is an indication of a sea change underway in the way news is delivered. Twenty years ago Rather would have gotten away with it, and it might have changed the outcome of the election.

A lot of people associate Rather with the toppling of Nixon. Some people say that in a case of poetic justice, Rather became Nixon. They call it Nixon's revenge.


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