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CBS Won't Run Ads for Redford Film Unflattering to CBS

Network won't be accepting advertising for movie based on Dan Rather debacle

(Newser) - CBS has refused to run advertising for Truth, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record. CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday,... More »

NBC Sending Message to Brian Williams: 'You're Dead'

Sources speculate network is trying to force him out

(Newser) - Details about NBC's Brian Williams investigation are leaking out—for example, news broke that he may have told Jon Stewart a tall tale , and yesterday sources told the Washington Post that the investigation found at least 11 examples of Williams' publicly embellishing a story. Those leaks are likely quite... More »

Dan Rather: HBO's Newsroom Totally Gets It

Aaron Sorkin's show should guide CNN: David Carr

(Newser) - Early reviews slammed Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show The Newsroom; Emily Nussbaum at the New Yorker , for example, feels it "gets bad so quickly that I found my jaw dropping." But a bona fide TV news legend begs to differ. "The show gets close to... More »

Dan Rather Inks Memoir Deal

'Summing Up' to be published in 2012

(Newser) - Dan Rather has decided it's time to sum up his 60-year career in journalism. The veteran newsman has signed a book deal with Grand Central Publishing for his memoir, Mediabistro reports. The book, to be titled Summing Up, will look at historical events including Watergate and the JFK assassination, and... More »

Dan Rather Loses Bid to Reinstate CBS Lawsuit

Top NY court rejects former anchor's motion

(Newser) - New York's top court today rejected Dan Rather's bid to reinstate his $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS. Rather's motion was denied without comment today by the Court of Appeals. "I am disappointed that no court or jury studied the evidence," said Rather in a statement. "The... More »

Court Dismisses Dan Rather's Suit vs. CBS

Appellate panel tosses $70M breach of contract claim

(Newser) - Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against CBS is all but over after an appellate court in New York dismissed his case today. Rather's lawyer vowed to appeal the ruling in the breach of contract suit. Rather initiated the suit following his ouster as Evening News anchor in the wake of... More »

Rather Digs In for Legal War With CBS

Tarnished newsman calls lawsuit a stand vs. corporate bullies

(Newser) - Dan Rather is still out to prove that CBS sacrificed him to appease its corporate backers and conservative allies, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a $70-million lawsuit filed 2 years ago, Rather claimed that CBS, caving to Viacom and the Bush administration, forced him to retract a controversial story... More »

Rather: Prez Must Save Newspapers

Corporate interests, internet advertising crippling industry

(Newser) - The media's troubles mean that "this country is in trouble," writes Dan Rather, and no academic study or think-tank report is going to save the industry. We need no less than a “nonpartisan, blue-ribbon” presidential commission “to address the perilous state of America’s news media,... More »

Rather Wins File Access in CBS Firing Suit

(Newser) - A judge has reinstated Dan Rather's $70 million lawsuit against CBS and granted the former anchor access to thousands of pages of documents pertaining to his ouster following a network story he ran critical of former President George's Bush performance in the Texas Air National Guard. Rather's attorneys believe the... More »

Rather's Suit Likely to Embarrass Bush

Documents may have been falsified, but Bush's National Guard record still spotty

(Newser) - Regardless of the outcome of former anchor Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS for his firing over a George Bush National Guard story, one man is not going to be pleased: the president. The case is bound to revisit embarrassing charges that Bush received favorable treatment and dodged requirements serving in... More »

CBS Sought to 'Mollify Right' in Rather Investigation

Ex-anchor's lawsuit reveals GOP influence

(Newser) - Former anchor Dan Rather appears to be making headway in his $70 million lawsuit against CBS for his firing, the New York Times reports. With the power of subpoena, Rather has unearthed documents showing that the network used Republican operatives to vet members of the supposedly independent panel set up... More »

Schieffer Vows to Get Straight Answers in Debate

Says he will get tough with both candidates

(Newser) - CBS veteran broadcaster Bob Schieffer has vowed to stand firm when he moderates the final presidential debate tonight, and will press the candidates to answer questions put to them, Politico reports. Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill and Tom Brokaw have come under fire for being too easy on candidates in previous... More »

Judge Won't Toss Rather's $70M CBS Suit

News anchor's lawyer says case is "slam dunk"

(Newser) - A New York judge yesterday allowed news anchor Dan Rather to proceed with his $70 million lawsuit accusing CBS of breach of contract over his dismissal. The judge also let Rather's breach of fiduciary duty complaint against CBS continue. But he threw out two other claims, a fraud complaint against... More »

Claims Chucked in Rather's Suit Against CBS

$70M action can go forward, but without charges against execs

(Newser) - A judge dismissed today some claims of fraud, breach of good faith, and fair dealing in a lawsuit filed against CBS top brass by former anchor Dan Rather, Variety reports. The $70 million suit charges CBS made Rather a scapegoat in the firestorm following revelations “Sixty Minutes” used dubious... More »

CBS May Dump Couric Early

'Evening News' anchor has brought all-time low ratings

(Newser) - CBS may part ways with "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric as soon as the January 2009 inauguration, and long before her contract expires in 2011, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources from both camps. Network executives are tired of all-time low ratings that began with the switch... More »

CBS in Talks to Outsource News to CNN

Deal would mark watershed for mother of network news

(Newser) - CBS, the network of Ed Murrow and Walter Cronkite that is widely credited with inventing television news, is considering outsourcing some of its news gathering activities to CNN, according to the New York Times. No deal is imminent but talks are reportedly taking place at the highest level at both... More »

Bitter Rather Wants CBS to Pay

Determined to stick it to ex-bosses in court

(Newser) - Three years after the dust settled around CBS' firing of Dan Rather, the former anchor is quite content to fan the flames around his career low point—all in the name of revenge. Rather, 75, tells the Washington Post that he filed his $70 million suit against the network he... More »

Rather Sues CBS for $70M

Anchor alleges fraud in Guard report aftermath, says contract violated

(Newser) - Dan Rather has filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its corporate parent, claiming bias and fraud in the investigation of the broadcast that brought him down—and then violated his subsequent contract with “60 Minutes.” The filing says Rather was made “a scapegoat” in order... More »

Rather's 'Tart' Comment makes CBS Chief Sour

Former anchor called sexiist for remarks on Katie Couric.

(Newser) - CBS chief Leslie Moonves returned fire on Dan Rather today, calling his criticism of Katie Couric "sexist."  In a telephone interview with MSNBC Monday, Rather had accused his unsuccessful successor of taking the nightly news and "dumbing it down, tarting it up." Rather cited Couric... More »

Walter Reed Bars Baez

Army blames short notice for activist's exclusion from hospital

(Newser) - Patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center were treated to tunes by John Mellencamp last week, but not Joan Baez—hospital officials refused to let the legendary folk singer and antiwar activist join him. A spokesman told Rolling Stone the request to include Baez came too late. Said Mellencamp: "... More »

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