On the May 15, 2001 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, CBS anchorman Dan Rather insisted that, despite Bill Clinton's lies during the Lewinsky scandal, the former President was still "an honest man." Rather told an incredulous Bill O'Reilly: "I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things." - Rich Noyes Go To Site

Dan Rather’s entire journalism career came tumbling down in 2004 when the 60 Minutes anchor claimed a series of memos critical of George W. Bush had been discovered in old Texas Air National Guard files.

  It was an explosive story in the weeks leading up to the election. Go To Site

Every day of the week our corrupt media tells lies of commission and omission in order to damage Republicans and aid Democrats. What was different about Rathergate, though, is that the stakes were enormous. Dan Rather's phony documents not only could have made the difference between Bush being re-elected or not (which was probably the idea), but CBS was caught red-handed. When a major network attempts to bluff a sitting president out of office, the story is impossible to ignore and the fallout inevitable. -John Nolte Go To Site

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Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against CBS is all but over after an appellate court in New York dismissed his case today. Rather's lawyer vowed to appeal the ruling in the breach of contract suit. Rather initiated the suit following his ouster as Evening News anchor in the wake of a discredited 60 Minutes II report about George W. Bush's military service.

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The secretary for the squadron commander purported to be the author of now-disputed memorandums questioning President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard said Tuesday that she never typed the documents and believed that they are fakes.

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He issued a statement Tuesday critical of CBS' handling of the contract talks. Rather said his early departure "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. As for their offers of a future with only an office but no assignments, it just isn't in me to sit around doing nothing."

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The producer fired for her role in the discredited CBS News report about President Bush's military service believes that CBS was more interested in protecting itself than finding out the truth behind her story.

In an excerpt from her upcoming book, Mary Mapes (search) wrote that "no one was happier" than executives at CBS owner Viacom to receive an independent panel's condemnation of her and three colleagues for their role in the September 2004 story on "60 Minutes II"

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Mapes was fired after an independent panel found her basic reporting was "faulty."

In her interview with ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, to be broadcast Wednesday morning on "Good Morning America," Mapes says she is unrepentant about her role. "I don't think I committed bad journalism. I really don't," she says.

Rather initially dug in his heels during the firestorm that accompanied his damning report on a sitting president two months before his reelection. But he ultimately apologized for airing widely debunked photocopies of purported memos critical of young Bush’s performance and allegedly written by his commanding officer, the late Jerry B. Killian, lieutenant colonel in the Texas Air National Guard, saying CBS News could no longer vouch for their authenticity. Go To Site

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This is it: Mary Mapes knew before she put the story on the air that George W. Bush, the alleged slacker, had in fact volunteered to go to Vietnam.

Who says? The outside panel CBS brought into to get to the bottom of the so-called “Rathergate” mess says.

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Animated GIF showing fraudulent memo. The text was written using Microsoft Word, which did not exist in 1973.

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CBS issued a damning independent review Monday of mistakes related to last fall’s “60 Minutes Wednesday” report on President Bush’s National Guard service and fired three news executives and a producer for their “myopic zeal” in rushing it on the air. The review said CBS compounded the damage with a circle-the-wagons mentality once the report came under fire.

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Numerous questions have been raised about the authenticity of the documents. CBS News believes it is important for the news media to be accountable and address legitimate questions.

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The stated goal of CBS News is to have a reputation for journalism of the highest quality and unimpeachable integrity. To meet this objective, CBS News expects its personnel to adhere to published internal Standards based on two core principles: accuracy and fairness. The Panel finds that both the September 8 Segment itself and the statements and news reports by CBS News that followed the Segment failed to meet either of these core principles.

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Dan Rather and his rabid anti-Bush producer Mary Mapes pulled one of the dumbest (and most entertaining) hoaxes in history. In 2004, the leftist media was desperate to kill George W. Bush’s chances at re-election.