It could happen on “Dan Rather Reports”…
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Former CBS anchor Dan Rather said Tuesday he will be the ultimate authority on a weekly news program he’ll begin in October on HDNet for owner Mark Cuban, promising “independent journalism.”
While he carefully framed his remarks, saying they were not intended to reflect criticism of his former longtime employer, Rather described himself as moving from an environment of corporate accountability to freedom.
The “difference here is the chain of command begins and ends with me. … You could say it’s like operating without a net, but I don’t see it that way,” Rather told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.
…He has yet to start hiring for his HDNet venture but would consider former CBS colleagues, Rather said. Asked if Mary Mapes, the CBS producer who was fired over the report on Bush, might be considered, he gave an evasive reply.
“The only member of the team I know of right how is sitting in this chair,” Rather said.
Now that “fake but accurate” is moving to high definition, perhaps we can see better versions of the Killian memos. We know they exist – we’ve seen them. Much more on that later…