Dan Rather’s
legal battle is in the news again, after a judge who previously dismissed his
$70 million lawsuit against CBS and Viacom restored the claim. Sidney
Blumenthal’s Salon.com article,
Dan Rather
Stands By His Story
, provides detailed background on CBS’s alleged manoeuvres
to suppress 60-Minute’s Air National Guard story, along with the program’s
scoop on Abu Ghraib. Back in 2007, this
Washington Post report
characterized Rather’s battle as a quest driven by
resentment and ego. But Rather, who now files his investigative work for Dan Rather Reports on HDNet, says
he’s a journalist protecting
“the red, beating heart of our
democracy.”

(Dave Winer photo)  

Dan Rather’s
legal battle is in the news again, after a judge who previously dismissed his
$70 million lawsuit against CBS and Viacom restored the claim. Sidney
Blumenthal’s Salon.com article,
Dan Rather
Stands By His Story
, provides detailed background on CBS’s alleged manoeuvres
to suppress 60-Minute’s Air National Guard story, along with the program’s
scoop on Abu Ghraib. Back in 2007, this
Washington Post report
characterized Rather’s battle as a quest driven by
resentment and ego. But Rather, who now files his investigative work for Dan Rather Reports on HDNet, says
he’s a journalist protecting
“the red, beating heart of our
democracy.”

(Dave Winer photo)  

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Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.