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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dan (would) Rather (be) King

Dan Rather's departure from CBS is sad — in the same sense as John Kerry's posture of inflated self worth, sad like Bill Clinton's ongoing quest to prove his relevance. Sad, as in pathetic. Rather is a guy who made himself famous getting tossed around by Texas hurricanes, dueling with a beleagured Richard Nixon, getting mugged, and uttering "folk wisdom" distinguishable from plain non sequiturs: "If a frog had pockets, he'd carry a handgun!" Rather will be remembered chiefly for his disgraceful role in attempting to pass off apparently forged documents purporting to prove that George W. Bush failed to obey an order to submit to a physical examination. Lately, Rather has been seen slinking around Manhattan bars, nursing a glass of milk and muttering about how he's an Edward R. Murrow kind of guy. Rather leaves CBS complaining that they gave him an office but no stories to cover. (All together now: Wah-wah-wah!) Gotta love this jem: “There will always be a part of Dan Rather at CBS News,” said Sean McManus, CBS News president. Yep, the tradition of reporters cloaking their liberal ideology as "news" will live on at CBS, Bob Schieffer, torch-bearer-in-chief.