Roger L. Simon

New Hope for Dan Rather/ Bad News for Negroponte

Dan Rather, who has been made a laughingstock of serious journalism, now has a chance for a comeback (at least monetarily) through a character defamation lawsuit because of remarks made by Cong. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY). Yes, I know such suits are difficult, except in England, but bear with me. Cong. Hinchey said the following at a community forum in Ithaca, New York re: Rather’s promulgating the forged Bush NG documents:

Probably the most flagrant example of that is the way they set up Dan Rather. Now, I mean, I have my own beliefs about how that happened: it originated with Karl Rove, in my belief, in the White House. They set that up with those false papers.

Hmm… So what you’re saying Cong. Hinchey is that Karl Rove assumed Dan Rather was such a blithering idiot he would be gulled by a forgery so inept it took these gentlemen about five minutes each (probably less) to uncover it.

[Well he was.–ed. Hey, you’ve got a point there. Scratch the previous post. Hinchley is some kind of covert action genius to have figured this out. Congress, hold the phone on the Negroponte nomination. We have a New Intelligence Czar — Maurice Hinchey of Ithaca, New York!… Either that or we have one of the bigger dunces ever to walk around live on Capitol Hill. I’m afraid it’s the latter.-ed. Spoil sport.]