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Rather “Too Hot to Handle”

Dan Rather has resubmitted his lawsuit against CBS:

Dan Rather fired off a new lawsuit against his former network Tuesday, charging that CBS News labeled the anchor “too hot to handle” and prevented him from being hired by other networks after his acrimonious departure.
Rather was rebuffed in an earlier suit, when many of his claims were knocked down by a New York state judge. But the judge also allowed Rather to resubmit his claims.
In the latest filing, Rather claims that CNN, ABC, NBC and other networks met to talk about possible employment but that all eventually declined for reasons that included, according to the lawsuit, Rather’s having had “too much baggage.” The claim says he lost other business opportunities as well. He later signed with HDNet.
“Mr. Rather’s exposure is dramatically limited and, accordingly, his reputation and standing in his trade and profession have not recovered from the damage caused by the defendants’ conduct,” the lawsuit says.
In a statement, CBS said: “Mr. Rather is trying to put forth fraud complaints that the court has already determined to be legally unfounded. We believe he will fail a second time. We will find an appropriate motion to dismiss.”
CBS was served with the amended complaint Tuesday; it was to be filed in a New York court Wednesday.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Monday (May 5) before the filing, Rather said the reason he is going through the legal proceedings is to find out what happened in the wake of the 2004 “60 Minutes II” report on President Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.
“The story was true. What we said in the report was true, despite what others have tried to have you believe about the documents, which were one, and only one, part of the story,” Rather said.

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