September 17, 2004

Bernie G

One guy who has been on my mind of late is Bernard Goldberg, Author of "Bias" and "Arrogance," both of which are superb and reasoned exposes of CBS News.

He has been shunned from the brotherhood of newsmen for having the temerity to speak the truth. But he is being vindicated every day RaTHergate progresses.

He gets a small chortle in today in a guest editorial in the Wall Street Journal (on the free site, too!)

We're the ones who have a right to be angry with CBS News, but it turns out that Dan Rather is the one who's really fuming. Not at the source who got him into all of this, but at those "partisans" who are fanning the flames. The Washington Post quotes him as saying: "I don't cave when the pressure gets too great from these partisan political forces." He's absolutely right that some of his critics are partisans. But how about Dan's source? Is he also a partisan?
This is why, I suspect, he isn't coming clean, despite the damage to his reputation. Because Dan Rather may be protecting not just his source, but himself; because, if the source turns out to be a partisan, then Dan wasn't just taken for a ride, but may have been a willing passenger.

And then Dan, and CBS News, can kiss their reputations goodbye.


Posted by jk at September 17, 2004 09:01 AM
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