So our old pal Dan Rather wants to sue CBS because they where … wait for it… biased.
NEW YORK (AP) – Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President Bush’s National Guard service.
The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the report, says the complaint stems from “CBS’ intentional mishandling” of the aftermath of the story.
The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, also names CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone, and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward.
Rather, the former anchorman of the “CBS Evening News,” is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said: “These complaints are old news, and this lawsuit is without merit.”
If this goes to court, I swear, I’ll quit my job, buy 25lbs of unpopped pop-corn, plop myself on the couch and glue the dial on the coverage.
Rather forgets all the quotes he made during the whole debacle. (and after) The court case would largely hinge on the accuracy of the broadcast and everyone but Dan Rather, Mary Mapes and that idiot David Hailey knows the answer on that one…
Add to the mix the defense team wouldn’t have to hire a single researcher (we’d do that) and Rather will just be setting himself up for colossal embarrassment. — Another colossal embarrassment.
While bloggers are licking their chops, don’t hold your breath on this one. But it would be fun…