Roger L. Simon

Howell Raines resigned. So should Dan Rather!

If these documents were indeed forgeries, as they now seem, the fraud CBS anchorman Rather perpetrated, willingly or unwillingly, on the American public is far worse than anything the former New York Times editor did during the Jayson Blair affair. Rather’s misrepresentation was intended to influence what many consider one of the most crucial presidential elections in our history, taking place during a time of war, when our troops are dying in Iraq and terrorists are murdering innocent people across the globe on a nearly daily basis.

Currently Drudge is reporting: Rather, who anchored the segment presenting new information on the president’s military service, will personally correct the record on-air, if need be, the source explained from New York.

What a pathetic response. Even with a correction, can you imagine ever trusting a word out of Rather’s mouth again? Can you imagine respecting CBS, “Sixty Minutes”?

Not me. If Rather does not resign, those institutions will wither with their anchorman.

And The New York Times, too, is once again in the cross hairs. They are the owners of The Boston Globe which, in its partisan zeal, trumpeted Rather’s lie without the slightest pause to reflect. And it wasn’t the first time either. The paper has scarcely distinguished itself during the Kerry-Swift Boat controversty. And we all know its shoddy record regarding the publication of pornographic prsioner abuse photos which turned out to be fakes. Its editor should have resigned then. If he doesn’t now, the whole affair will not only tarnish the Globe’s reputation, but its already tarnished owner as well – The New York Times.

UPDATE: Ratherbiased (now there’s a site feeling vindicated today!) keeps us current on what’s happening… but meanwhile… importantlyAmerican Spectator (whose service is now “unavailable”) has a detailed article on how this trumped-up story got on the air. You can find it here. (hat tip: M. Simon)