Bitter Rather Wants CBS to Pay

Determined to stick it to ex-bosses in court
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2007 10:34 AM CDT
Bitter Rather Wants CBS to Pay
Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather is interviewed on the Fox News Channel program "Your World" in New York, Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Rather was defending comments he made earlier about Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News, saying they had made the mistake of taking the evening news broadcast and "dumbing...   (Associated Press)

(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 says abandoned him because, "The only punishment they understand is the money."

Rather's suit alleges that CBS used him as a scapegoat to appease the White House over his report that President Bush received preferential treatment in the Guard—a story he still stands by. Rather hopes to turn up evidence by putting CBS execs under oath. And despite his 2004 apology, he says he "never apologized for what was in the story." (Read more Dan Rather stories.)

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