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The Bs in Cbs

“In the end, what difference does it make what one candidate or the other did or didn’t do during the Vietnam War? In some ways, that war is as distant as the Napoleonic campaigns.” That’s Dan Rather, talking about the Swift Boat Vets in an interview published on Aug 30. I hadn’t seen it before reading today’s WSJ editorial–which goes on to make this simple observation: “Nine days later Mr. Rather was reporting on Mr. Bush’s National Guard service as if it were the story of a lifetime.” Let’s hope it really is the story of a lifetime–the one for which Dan Rather is always remembered.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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