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Dan Rather Leaving CBS

by RonChusid

Dan Rather

Yesterday the news was that CBS would not be renewing Dan Rather’s contract when it expires in November–yet another sign that the era of CBS as a major news organization is over. If Rather has no future at CBS then today’s news that Rather may be leaving this month is better than having him sit around doing nothing until November. There’s now reports that Rather might anchor a one hour weekly news program for HDNet.

Recalling how Rather, as White House correspondent at CBS, helped bring down Richard Nixon, I have been hoping he’d have the opportunity to end his career by providing the nation a similar service with George Bush. Although the memos very well may have been forged, and definately should not have been used, Rather had sufficient evidence to prove his story about Bush’s National Guard record even without the memos. It’s been generally forgotten that, while the validity of the actual memos was called into question, their content was shown to be an accurate representation of Bush’s record.

While CBS has lost interest in pursuing such stories, perhaps a cable outlet such as HDNet will allow Rather to investigate the stories he chooses. Seeing Dan Rather bring down George Bush in High Definition would sure be exciting.

6 Responses to “Dan Rather Leaving CBS”

  1. all right.. some funny stuff…

    In a Podiatrist’s office: “Time wounds all heels.”

    On another Septic Tank Truck: “We’re #1 in the #2 business.”

    At a Proctologist’s door: “To expedite your visit please back in.”

    On a Plumber’s truck: “We repair what your husband fixed.”

    On another Plumber’s truck: “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”

    On a Church’s Billboard: “7 days without God makes one weak.”

    At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee: “Invite us to your next blowout.”

    On a Plastic Surgeon’s Office door: “Hello. Can we pick your nose?”

    On an Electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”

    In a Nonsmoking Area: “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”

    On a Maternity Room door: “Push. Push. Push.”

    On a Taxidermist’s window: “We really know our stuff.”

    On a Fence: “Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!”

    At a Car Dealership: “The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”

    Outside a Muffler Shop: “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

    In a Veterinarian’s waiting room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

    In a Restaurant window: “Don’t stand there and be hungry, Come on in and get fed up.”

    In the front yard of a Funeral Home: “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

    At a Propane Filling Station, “Thank heaven for little grills.”

  2. more funnies from my in box…

    A physician claims these are actual comments from his patients made while he was performing colonoscopies:

    1. Take it easy, Doc, you’re boldly going where no man has gone before.
    2. Find Amelia Earhart yet?
    3. Can you hear me NOW?
    4. Oh boy, that was sphincterrific!
    5. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
    6. You know, in Arkansas, we’re now legally married.
    7. Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?
    8. You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out. You do the Hokey Pokey…
    9. Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!
    10. If your hand doesn’t fit, you must aquit!
    11. Hey, Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.
    12. You used to be an executive at Enron, didn’t you?
    13. Could you write me a note for my wife, saying that my head is not, in fact, up there?

  3. The Box under Hillary and Bills bed

    When Bill and Hillary first got married Bill said, “I am putting a box under the bed. You must promise never to look in it.” In all their 30 years of marriage, Hillary never looked.

    On the afternoon of their 30th anniversary, curiosity got the best of her and she lifted the lid and peeked inside. In the box was 3 empty beer cans and $81,874.25 in cash.

    She closed the box and put it back under the bed. Now that she knew what was in the box, she was doubly curious as to why there even was such a box with such contents. That evening, they were out for a special anniversary dinner.

    After dinner, Hillary could no longer contain her curiosity and she confessed, saying, “I am so sorry, Bill. For all these years, I kept my promise and never looked into the box under our bed. However, today the temptation was too much and I gave in. But now I need to know, why do you keep the 3 beer cans in the box?”

    Bill thought for a while and said, “I guess after all these years you deserve to know the truth. Whenever I was unfaithful to you, I put an empty beer can in the box under the bed to remind myself not to do it again.”

    Hillary was shocked, but said, “Hmmm, Jennifer, Paula and Monica. I am very disappointed and saddened by your behavior. However, since you are addicted to sex I guess it does happen and I guess 3 times is not that bad considering your problem.”
    Bill thanked her for being so uderstanding. They hugged and made their peace.

    A little while later Hillary asked Bill, “So why do; you have all that money in the box?” Bill replied “Well, whenever the box filled up with empty cans, I took them to the recycling center and redeemed them for cash.”

  4. battlebob,

    tsk, tsk, tsk. That is all very funny. And Off Topic.

    I’ve had the colonoscopy one – gave it to one of the GI docs at work. Got this in return.

    Gastroenterologist is standing at a nurses station with a patient’s chart. Reaching into his pocket for a pen, he pulls out a thermometer instead.

    “Damn, some a**hole has my pen!!”

    So, back to the draft bob campaign.

    You could have done a great post with this;

    Humor for Friday Evening 🙂

  5. Ron,

    Seems to me that there was also plenty of other information on the show that supported the main point. One of the criticisms was to the effect that ‘They had enough without, why add one more thing that was the least bit questionable?’.

    In some ways, it could be very good. I think your comment:

    ” perhaps a cable outlet such as HDNet will allow Rather to investigate the stories he chooses. Seeing Dan Rather bring down George Bush in High Definition would sure be exciting.”

    is very possible. Might have to get HDTV just for that 😉

  6. It certainly would have been better (and journalisticaly more sound) if Dan Rather had gone with the National Guard story and left out the memos. He still had an excellent story.

    I still wonder to what degree he was set up, considering he ran his story by the White House for rebuttal before running it.