The Corner

Rather’s Jackassery

Is on full display here:

When he left CBS, Rather already had relinquished his anchor chair at “CBS Evening News” and was reporting for “60 Minutes”; his final year had been marked by controversy over the network’s discredited story on President Bush’s National Guard tenure.

Rather acknowledged he comes to HDNet with “baggage.”

“Yes, I have baggage — I have the baggage of being a graduate of the journalism school of South Vietnam,” he said.

He also acknowledged he was “biased — I have a very strong bias toward independent journalism.”

“Some of what you describe as ‘baggage,’ ” he told one critic, “comes from people who have the following view: Their view is, ‘You report the news the way I want it reported or I’m going to make you pay a price and hang a sign around your neck saying you’re a bomb-toting Bolshevik or something.’ “

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