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.